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Pavement contractors set for another year north of 50 million square yards

The American Concrete Pavement Association sees good prospects for mainline paving and overlay projects, with overall 2020 activity nearly matching last year’s levels. “We expect 2019 market volume to be about 51.5 million square yards. The current projection for 2020 is about 50.2 million square yards. Although this represents a slight decrease of 2.5 percent, the change is attributed to several strong state reconstruction projects and new alignment programs completed in 2019,” says ACPA CEO Gerald Voigt.

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FAA bill seeds airfield pavement research initiatives

The American Concrete Pavement Association has once again played a key role in advancing a Federal Aviation Administration-backed research and technology program for airfield pavements. “Our long-term goal is to secure funding for the collaborative research for each of the five years authorized for the program in the FAA Bill,” says ACPA CEO Gerald Voigt, P.E. “Thus far, additional funding has been secured for the ‘Airfield Pavement Technology Program’ in the ‘minibus’ funding package, which was signed into law by President Trump in December 2019. The measure provides funding for FY 2020.

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FMCSA solicits input on methodology for major truck crash study

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is inviting comments on how to format and conduct a study aimed at identifying factors contributing to large truck crashes. In a formal Request for Information (RFI), the agency seeks “how best to balance sample representativeness, comprehensive data sources, ranges of crash types, and cost efficiency.”

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EPA Clean Water, Clean Energy, Smart Sectors deliverables mount

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has outlined major accomplishments and environmental progress in water supply and wastewater infrastructure investment plus related Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, pollution control and paperwork reduction measures. Among accomplishments and highlights since 2017, the agency underscores:

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Regulators turn toward new heavy-duty engine emissions standards

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler will advance his Cleaner Trucks Initiative, outlined in November 2018, with a proposed rulemaking to establish new, more stringent oxides of nitrogen (NOx) and other pollutant emissions standards for heavy-duty diesel engines powering on-highway trucks.

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