Earlier this month, the National Precast Concrete Association partnered with the Federal Highway Administration and the SHRP2 initiative to present a workshop on precast concrete pavement. The event, which took place in San Diego, Calif., drew more than 40 attendees from around the U.S.
According to Evan Gurley, NPCA technical services engineer, the workshop offered general information on precast concrete pavement – with an emphasis on jointed precast concrete pavement – including a brief history, example installations, a review of states that have participated in PCP projects and more. The goal of the workshop was to provide baseline information to precasters interested in manufacturing precast pavement.
“We sought to offer some background on precast concrete pavement and how precasters can get involved in jobs with their local DOTs and municipalities,” Gurley said.
Precast producers traveled from around the U.S. to attend the workshop, with attendees hailing from California, Nevada, Texas, Arizona and New York. Gurley, who serves on the Caltrans Rock Products Committee (RPC) and the FHWA Precast Concrete Pavement Expert Task Group, said all parties involved with the workshop were satisfied.
“The speakers were great and everyone really enjoyed the event,” he said. “The workshop was well attended and the presentations were packed with solid PCP information.”
NPCA is also developing a technical manual on jointed precast concrete pavement that will offer detailed information on PCP, including design, project types, fabrication, installation and a variety of other topics. The manual will be available later this year.
For more information on the workshop or technical manual, contact Evan Gurley.