Producers, allies prepare Concrete Pipe Week messaging, outreach

Source: American Concrete Pipe Association, Irving, Texas The American Concrete Pipe Association will mark Concrete Pipe Week 2021, affirming the contributions of reinforced concrete pipe and precast to quality of life. The theme of this year’s event, August 15-21, is “Impacting Communities with the Resilience of Concrete Pipe,” a nod to ACPA members’ role in a community’s infrastructure, financial state,…

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A FAMILY AFFAIR

ANDERSON CONCRETE MARKS A CENTURY OF FAMILY, CUSTOMER COMMITMENT One of the Buckeye State’s oldest and largest ready mixed producers, Anderson Concrete Corp., is celebrating a century of being the backbone of infrastructure and development for Central Ohio. Part of an elite group of operators that have seen a continuity of leadership from one generation to the next, the producer…

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Federal Highway Administration marks bridge safety, inspection milestone

The Federal Highway Administration recently observed the 50th anniversary of its National Bridge Inspection Standards (NBIS), the basis for the federal program that helps to protect nearly 620,000 structures across the country. The NBIS requires regular and thorough highway bridge inspections to detect potential structural problems early and ensure maintenance efforts are being carried out.  State departments of transportation inspect…

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Coalition states case for Miller Act bond threshold indexing exemption

The Surety & Fidelity Association of America (SFAA) and National Association of Surety Bond Producers (NASBP) in Washington, D.C. endorse House legislation that will maintain essential payment protections for subcontractors, suppliers, and workers on federal construction contracts of $150,000 or more. Sponsored by Congresspersons Nydia Velasquez (D-N.Y.) and Byron Donalds (R-Fla.), H.R. 2949 exempts the threshold in the Miller Act—a…

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American Highway acquires Minnesota’s Highway Materials

Sources: American Highway, a Simplex Company, Fernley, Nev.; CP staff American Highway, a key supplier of wire mesh, dowel or tie bars and related welded assemblies, curing compounds plus other concrete pavement accessories, has closed on peer operator Highway Materials LLC of Becker, Minn. The full-service manufacturer, fabricator and distributor was founded in 2014 by Mark Brinkman and Jake Steinberg,…

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Boral Ltd. weighs options for North American fly ash business

Sources: Boral Ltd., Sydney; CP staff The Australian parent company of Georgia-based Boral North America has begun a review of Boral Resources to explore “value creation opportunities.” With 120-plus fly ash collection, processing or distribution sites across the U.S., the business accounted for about $470 million of Boral North America’s $1.56 billion in FY2020 sales.

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ASCE opens Sustainable Infrastructure standard draft to comment

Sources: American Society of Civil Engineers, Reston, Va.; CP staff The American Society of Civil Engineers invites comments through January 25 on the draft of a new document, ASCE/COS 73-XX Standard Requirements for Sustainable Infrastructure. Components and outcomes described in Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Life-Cycle Cost Analysis, Natural World, Quality of Life, Resilience, Resource Allocation and Sustainability Leadership chapters are intended…

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Virtual elements underpin 2020 Concrete Pipe Week

Sources: American Concrete Pipe Association, Irving, Texas; CP staff

Accepting the limitations of customary Concrete Pipe Week in-person activities—plant tours, employee appreciation events, plus engagement with federal, state or local officials—the American Concrete Pipe Association has scheduled online presentations for the August 16-22 observance. The group will convey the value proposition of rigid, robust drainage infrastructure through these Monday-Friday presentations and webinars, live or on-demand:

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Road Builders’ Highway Dashboard: Investment transparency in overdrive

Sources: American Road and Transportation Builders Association, Washington, D.C.; CP staff

The “ARTBA Highway Dashboard: A 50-State Guide to the Benefits of Federal Investment” is a first of its kind, interactive tool providing the public and elected officials a clear look at how and where each state invests transportation project-designated tax dollars.

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Lawmakers start review of INVEST highway funding plan

Sources: Office of Representative Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.); CP staff

U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Pete DeFazio has scheduled a June 17 markup of “Investing in a New Vision for the Environment and Surface Transportation in America” (INVEST) Act, which authorizes $319 billion in highway outlays and $500 billion overall for fiscal years 2021-2025. A successor to the federal highway funding program expiring September 30, it enables completion of critical projects through long-term, sustainable funding, and contains strong Buy America provisions and labor protections.

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