The 2023 Arkansas Concrete Pavement Conference held in Hot Springs, AR this past week was a huge success with over 130 transportation professionals in attendance. ARDOT Director, Lorie Tudor, opened the session with a thorough presentation on ARDOT activities both present and future. FHWA Division Administator Vivien Hoang and ACPA President and CEO Laura O’Neill Kkaumo rounded out the morning giving overviews of their respective operations before the technical sessions kicked into gear. The weather was hot but the air conditioning was cold and the food was good. The OK/AR Chapter, ACPA would like to thank the speakers, exhibitors and sponsors for helping make this conference such a success. See you all next year!
34th Annual Excellence in Concrete Pavement Awards Program Open
ACPA is now accepting submittals for the National Paving Awards program for projects completed in the calendar year 2022. Submittals must be received by the deadline date of Friday, July 7th, 2023. Please review the complete eligibility requirements by clicking here.
About the Paving Awards Program
The ACPA Annual Awards for Excellence in Concrete Pavement are designed to honor quality concrete pavements constructed in the United States and Canada each year. The awards program encourages high-quality workmanship in every concrete pavement project and serves as a forum for sharing information about highly successful projects.
The awards program recognizes contractors, engineers, and project owners who completed outstanding projects. Winning an Award for Excellence in Concrete Pavement provides the contractors, engineers, and owners with a level of prestige that can assist them in the development of future projects.
Judges will score all eligible projects and break any ties. Based on the judging results, two projets will be selected from each category to receive an award. A gold award will be given to the top scoring project in each category and a silver award to the second highest scoring project. Award winners will be notified they’ve won an award by email and letter, prior to the awards banquet. The award level (gold or silver) will be announced for the first time at the awards banquet.
Last week’s 2023 Oklahoma Concrete Pavement Conference was a huge success with over three hundred people in attendance. Transportation professionals from across the state met to hear the latest updates on funding, design and research of concrete pavements.
Oklahoma Secretary of Transportation Tim Gatz kicked off the meeting followed by ACPA’s President & CEO, Laura Kaumo-O’Neil. Many thanks to them and all the presenters for their contribution to this year’s event.
Also, many thanks to our exhibitors and sponsors for helping us make this event a success.
Joe Echelle Recognized as Government Official of the Year by International Grooving & Grinding Association
Joe Echelle, Oklahoma Turnpike Authority, receives the 2022 Government Official of the Year Award
The 2022 Government Official of the Year award went to Joe Echelle, Assistant Executive Director, Maintenance, Engineering & Construction, Oklahoma Turnpike Authority (OTA). The Government Official of the Year award recognizes leadership in transportation with special emphasis on grooving, grinding and concrete pavement preservation (CPP).
In his role with the OTA, Echelle is responsible for maintaining 630 miles of turnpikes throughout Oklahoma and is responsible for day-to-day operations. He was chosen to receive the Government Official of the Year Award because he has been a continuous champion of improving pavement conditions, making them more safe and efficient for Oklahoma motorists. His approach of maintaining pavements before they deteriorate, rather than addressing problems when the pavements are already at the end of their life, has resulted in millions in dollars of savings for Oklahoma residents.
“Joe has been an exceptional advocate for concrete pavements as well as the importance of pavement preservation techniques to optimize the taxpayer’s investment. We are thrilled to see his efforts recognized on a national level as the way DOT leaders can and should approach highway maintenance.” said Brent Burwell, Executive Director of the Oklahoma/Arkansas ACPA Chapter.
Excellence In Concrete Pavement Award Winners Announced
This year, the Association recognizes 26 award-winning projects and the hard work, outstanding quality, and creative approaches to problem-solving demonstrated by project partners. In all, ACPA congratulates 19 unique contractors whose exceptional projects span 11 affiliated Chapter/State Associations. ACPA also expresses appreciation to the 35 professionals who served as judges of the award submittals, reviewing nomination details and scoring the projects.
In keeping with tradition, the announcement of the “Gold” and “Silver” award level will remain a secret until the award presentation ceremony during the ACPA 59th Annual Meeting.