August 2015 Paving Progress Newsletter

Minnesota Legislature Tweaks Responsible Contractor Act

By Bob Huber

The Minnesota legislature recently passed a bill amending Minnesota’s Responsible Contractor Act. Going into the session, contractor lobbyists knew they could not expect of the law to be repealed. Their goal was to reduce paperwork and make the law more workable. In the end, they were able to persuade the legislators to clarify parts of the Act and correct an issue posed by truckers. Click here to view the four changes that will most affect contractors day to day.


MAPA Members In the News

The Brooklyn Center Little League was facing thousands of dollars in fines. Two MAPA members were among the volunteers to help clean up the field. Barton Sand and Gravel and Bituminous Roadways volunteered their time and equipment to remove heavier materials. Read the full story here.


New in Research: Properties of Foamed CaptureAsphalt for Warm Mix Asphalt Applications, NCHRP REPORT 807

This report presents proposed AASHTO standard test methods for measuring performance-related properties of foamed asphalts and designing foamed asphalt mixes with satisfactory aggregate coating and workability. Thus, the report will be of immediate interest to materials engineers in state highway agencies and the construction industry with responsibility for design and production of foamed asphalts and foamed asphalt mixes for warm mix asphalt (WMA) applications. Read the full report here.


MnDOT Releases MnROAD Phase-II CaptureResearch Report

This report summarizes the outcome of the many different projects that were completed during MnROAD Phase-II which began in 2007 and is now coming to a close. Detailed information is provided related to the cost of operating the facility, support from MnDOT Office of Materials of Research (OMRR), Minnesota Local Road Research Board (MN LRRB) as well as research funding from MnDOT and external sources. Read the full report here.


Inver Grove Heights Uses Porous Asphalt to Reduce Runnoff

Many Minnesota cities use rain gardens and other “green infrastructure” now to keep stormwater from polluting nearby lakes and rivers. But they are often small, neighborhood efforts. Inver Grove Heights, however, is putting that stormwater science to use on a massive scale at Argenta Hills, and it’s attracting national attention. Read the full story here.


2nd Annual MAPA Golf Tournament

The 2nd Annual MAPA Golf Outing was held on August 17th, 2015 at the Bunker Hills Golf Club in Coon Rapids, MN. It was another full year of golfers and sponsors who enjoyed the great weather for the event. Together we raised over $27,000 for MAPA Member Scholarships! Thank you for attending and sponsoring the event!



Sponsors List:

Flint Hills Resources, LP Sponsor Dinner
Duininck Inc Sponsor Driving Range
Henry G. Meigs LLC Sponsor Lunch
RB Scott Co Sponsor Beverages on the Course
Tiller Corp – Commercial Asphalt Co Sponsor the Carts
Associated Bank Sponsor Social Hour
Hayden-Murphy Equipment Co Sponsor Putting Green/Game
Ziegler CAT Sponsor Social Hour
Lube-Tech, Inc Sponsor Registration Table
Allstate Peterbilt Group General Sponsorship
American Engineering Testing, Inc General Sponsorship
Associated General Contractors General Sponsorship
Barton Sand & Gravel General Sponsorship
BMO Harris Bank General Sponsorship
Braun Intertec General Sponsorship
Cobb Strecker Dunphy & Zimmermann General Sponsorship
Hardrives, Inc General Sponsorship
Kraemer Mining & Materials, Inc General Sponsorship
Martin Marietta Materials General Sponsorship
Northland Paving, LLC General Sponsorship
RDO Equipment Co General Sponsorship
Redpath and Company General Sponsorship
Road Machinery & Supplies Co General Sponsorship
Safety Signs General Sponsorship
Warning Lites of Minnesota General Sponsorship
Wayne Transports, Inc General Sponsorship
WSB & Associates, Inc General Sponsorship


ABSA Publishes an Updated Tennis Court Construction & Maintenance Manual

The 2015 edition, published jointly by the American Sports Builders Association and the U.S. Tennis Association, includes key updates to many areas of court construction and maintenance, including post-tension concrete tennis courts, LED lighting, 36- and 60-foot courts, and much more. The manual includes user-friendly technical information on all aspects of courts at all types of tennis facilities and clubs, including design, budgeting and planning, site requirements, drainage, surface selection, construction, maintenance, repair, amenities, accessories, court-building grant information, and more. Click here to purchase the manual.



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