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  • PCA's Michelle Wilson Tapped To Judge Canoe Competition

    The American Society of Civil Engineers last week announced the elite group chosen to serve as judges for the 2011 National Concrete Canoe Competition to be held June 16-18 at the University of Evansville in Indiana. Included in the group is Michelle Wilson, PCA director of concrete knowledge. For more ...

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  • PCA Taps Two For Educational Fellowships

    The PCA Education Foundation selected two graduate students with educational fellowships at the association’s recent spring meeting in Chicago. The 2011 recipients are (listed by university, student, professor, research title):

    • University of New Brunswick, Fredericton; Ashlee Hossack; Professor: Michael D.A. Thomas; Equivalent Performance and Sulfate Resistance with Portland Limestone Cement ...

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  • ARRA Spending Drops in April

    According to a recently released PCA Market Intelligence report, 71.3 percent of total American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) highway funds have been dispersed through April, compared to 69.7 percent in March.  April highway stimulus spending was $436 million, which was a 19 percent decrease from March’s spending rate.   However, ...

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  • Caltrans Hosting Open House on Precast Concrete

    The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is breaking new ground in the use of precast concrete and is inviting government agency personnel, academia and consultants to an open house, workshop aand plant tour to hear about and see demonstrations of this latest approach to precast concrete pavements. The event is ...

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  • "What Are the Real Costs" Ad Campaign

    As part of the government relations campaign led by Mercury LLC, a “What Are the Real Costs” advertising campaign has been airing in targeted markets. If you haven’t seen the ad, today is the last day to catch it live on CNBC. The ad is running to reach policy makers, ...

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  • Is Private Spending a Real Solution To U.S. Infrastructure Challenge?

    Interesting article in today’s The Wall Street Journal entitled: Where the Money Is (Hint, It Isn’t the Government). The article was written by R. Richard Geddes, an associate professor in the Department of Policy Analysis and Management at Cornell University, and it tries to make the case that private ...

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  • Study: U.S. Must Fund Transportation Infrastructure

    "The U.S. is falling dramatically behind much of the world in rebuilding and expanding an overloaded and deteriorating transportation network it needs to remain competitive in the global marketplace, according to a new study by the Urban Land Institute." That is the first paragraph in an article from the Washington ...

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  • FHWA Releases Pilot Tool For Sustainable Highways

    The pilot version of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Sustainable Highways Self-Evaluation Tool was recently released and is available for viewing here. The tool is intended to provide a method for practitioners to evaluate their transportation projects and to encourage progress in the sustainability arena. The pilot version represents a ...

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  • Industry Urged To Support LCA Bill in Congress

    A top priority for PCA and the industry is to change the way government agencies build roads and other infrastructure by basing decisions on life-cycle analysis or LCA. By considering costs over the entire life of the project to build and maintain, LCA takes into account concrete’s superior durability and ...

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  • Concrete Day in Colorado a Major Success

    The second annual "Concrete Day at the Capital" was held on April 29 in Denver, as declared by a proclamation from Colorado’s Governor John Hickenlooper.  About 500 legislators and capitol staffers were fed a complete barbecue lunch grilled on site.  The luncheon provided an opportunity for concrete industry representatives to ...

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