Colorado Public Works Journal, Spring-Summer 2021

Spring - Summer 2021 | 51 ACPA COLORADO/WYOMING CHAPTER Angela Folkestad, PE Growing Optimism about Transportation Funding And Congratulations to Our Award Winners! In the last issue, I reflected on the challenges of maintaining and improving our roadways in Colorado and across the country that are experiencing a backlog of needs in combina- tion with a lack of sustainable funding. The concrete pavement industry has been active in advocating for transportation funding, and there has been some positive movement both locally and nationally over the last few months. The North American Concrete Alliance (NACA) held their annual cement and concrete fly-in as a virtual event in late April, and represen- tatives of the con- crete industry from Colorado had the opportunity to meet with members of our congressional delegation in Washington DC to discuss the critical need of infrastructure investment. We also addressed the industry’s commitment to carbon neutrality across the concrete value chain by 2050 and the importance of workforce development programs to backfill the current levels of retire- ment and prepare the next generation of skilled workers. ACPA is continuing to work with our construction industry partners nationally to advocate for a bipartisan solution to fund our transportation needs. Angela Folkestad is the executive director of ACPA, Colorado/Wyoming Chapter. She can be reached at afolkestad@pavement.com In Colorado, ACPA has joined the coalition of business and labor groups who support SB21-260 Sustainability of the Transportation System. The long-term funding streams in- cluded in the bill and the inflation indexing of fees into the Highway Users Tax Fund (HUTF) are essential to ensuring CDOT and local agencies receive the funding necessary to implement their transportation plans – and that the construc- tion industry is able to invest in their people and equipment to meet that demand. Congratulations to this year’s Excellence in Concrete Pavement award winners! We missed presenting the awards in front of a crowd at our workshop and invite you to learn more about the award-winning projects in the special section of this issue. We look forward to a return to in-person awards and our Annual Concrete Pavement Workshop in March 2022.

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