Concrete Pavements are Resilient Pavements

Durable and resilient pavements are critical to moving people and goods across roads, airfields and ports. Pavements are often under immense pressure to withstand repeat loads. As electric vehicles emerge, so do heavier loads due to their batteries. Natural disasters can exacerbate the urgent need for heavy emergency vehicles. In the case of a flood, properly designed and constructed concrete pavement can spread vehicle loads over a wide area, allowing vehicles to safely pass after an inundated pavement’s water recedes. A resilient load carrying capacity allows for emergency personnel access, construction equipment to clear debris, as well as bring in supplies for those affected. Since wheel-point loads will not be immediately transferred to the subgrade and flex under pressure, a concrete pavement will not rut under heavy loads, even if the subgrade is wet or weak, continuing to provide service for years to come. 

A low volume road can be of equal importance to a main arterial when communities become impassable during these events. There have been many cases of low volume roads withstanding high volume rainfall events when the subbase is constructed with portland cement treated soil, as pictured below. 

Cement Treated Base withstands flood and inundation on airport access road.

Cement Treated Base withstands flood and inundation.

The National Concrete Consortium has recently published a “Moving Advancements into Practice”, or MAP Brief on the topic. Please take a read. Also please reach out to Chapter staff to assist with your next pavement resiliency project. 

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2023 ACPA NYS Chapter Annual Meeting

Thank you to all that joined us for our 2023 Annual Meeting. We have received great feedback, and plan to host next year the second week of February in Saratoga. 

NYSDOT Releases 5 Year Capital Plan, Draft STIP

Governor Kathy Hochul and Legislative leaders recently adopted the largest multi-year State Transportation Plan ever approved in New York. The Plan invests $32.8 billion in transportation improvements for the Department of Transportation to improve highway, bridge, rail, port, airport and downstate suburban and upstate transit infrastructure. View the full list of capital projects The preceding document link requires Adobe Reader to be undertaken by NYSDOT and local governments to improve infrastructure conditions, increase economic competitiveness and mitigate flooding risks associated with extreme weather events.

Also recently published was the Draft STIP, developed by NYSDOT in consultation with local officials in non-metropolitan areas and in cooperation with Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) in urbanized areas.  The STIP includes highway, transit and non-motorized projects as well as urban and rural projects.  The STIP must be updated at least every four years and include a minimum four-year listing of Federal-aid projects.  The proposed four-year program assumes the availability of approximately $16.2 billion in Federal funds.