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Senate Passes One-Year Extension of Highway Bill

Last night, the Senate approved the previously passed Continuing Resolution (CR) effectively extending the highway program for one year. It was signed into law by the President early this morning.

The continuing resolution authorizes the transfer of $10.4 billion to the Highway Trust Fund (HTF) from the general fund for highways and another $3.2 billion for transit to keep the HTF solvent. While this action keeps highway projects funded at current levels for the next year, it is still woefully inadequate to keep pace with needs. ACPA will continue to engage Congress and encourage them to make transportation funding a priority.

Highway Funding Expires September 30th – Take Action!

With Federal highway and transit programs on the verge of shutting down in two weeks, ACPA launched a call to action late last Friday. We’re reminding readers there is still time to show your support for a legislative call to action to extend the highway bill for one year.

 

By clicking here, you will arrive at the NACA website, where you can easily and quickly send a letter to members of Congress and President Trump, urging them to take swift and decisive action before the FAST Act, the current surface transportation law, expires on September 30. The process of sending letters takes less than 1 minute and involves clicking on “Take Action,” then sending letters by reviewing and sending the draft letter using separate tabs for Congress and the President.

 

For those who have not yet participated, ACPA is asking all members, chapter affiliates, staff, and technology partners to contact elected officials as soon as possible to urge them to support three requests:

  • A growth-oriented one-year extension of current surface transportation;
  • Solvency of the Highway Trust Fund; and
  • Emergency funding to state departments of transportation and transit agencies.

Streets & Local Roads Webinar

OK/AR Chapter ACPA is hosting an online Streets and Local Roads webinar September 30th. This webinar will cover topics specific to the issues important to municipalities and local governments in managing their transportation systems. For agenda and registration information, click HERE.

Did You Know …

The best way to ensure your concrete pavement’s joint sealant stays in place and performs at its optimum is to make sure the sides of the concrete joint are clean and dry. To find out more about joint sealants and concrete pavements click here.

Arkansas US 67 Concrete Pavement Preservation

US 67 stretches between Little Rock and Walnut Ridge in Arkansas that was originally constructed of concrete pavement. After several decades of service two sections (one in White County and the other in Jackson County) were renewed utilizing concrete pavement preservation techniques. These projects were performed at a fraction of the cost of new construction and will add at least two more decades of service life to these pavements. Read more about these projects here.