January 2016 Paving Progress Newsletter

MAPA’s 2016 Board of Directors

(L to R): Matt Timmers, Midwest Asphalt Corp. (Director); Chris Benson, Commercial Asphalt Co. (Director); Dave Clement, KGM Contractors, Inc (Director); Chris Miller, Hardrives, Inc. (Director); Troy Plaster, Ulland Brothers, Inc. (Secretary);  Jason Duininck, Duininck Inc. (Vice President); Kent Peterson, Bituminous Roadways, Inc. (President); Doug Muyres, Knife River Materials (Past President); Brent Carron, Valley Paving, Inc. (Treasurer)

FHWA Establishes Agency Goals for High RAP Use

Environmental stewardship is designated as a major focus area of the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) strategic plan. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), environmental stewardship is the responsibility for environmental quality shared by all those whose actions affect the environment. The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) supports and promotes the use of recycled highway materials in pavement construction in an effort to preserve the natural environment, reduce waste, and provide a cost effective material for constructing highways. Click here to read more

 

NAPA & NCAT Tour Japan’s High RAP Facilities

Japan’s current average RAP content in asphalt mixtures is approximately 47%, more than double the current average percentage in the United States. Despite the desire of most asphalt technologists in the U.S. to increase RAP usage, the national average RAP content seems to have plateaued at 20%. In December 2014, representatives from NAPA, NCAT, state DOTs, state asphalt pavement associations, and NAPA member producer and associate companies took a 10-day tour to learn about Japan’s use of RAP as well as their construction operations and practices. Click here to read more

 

MAPA & MAAPT Conference

This years’ MAPA Annual Meeting & MAAPT Conference were held in St Louis Park at the DoubleTree hotel on December 9, 10 & 11. There was excellent attendance this year for both events!

Click here to view the list of MAPA sponsors

 

 

 

 

Asphalt Pavement Awards

This year marks the 62nd Anniversary for both the Minnesota Association of Asphalt Paving Technologists’ (MAAPT) Asphalt Conference and the Minnesota Asphalt Pavement Association’s (MAPA) Annual Meeting, which were held Dec. 9-11 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, St. Louis Park, MN.
On the evening of Dec. 9th, awards were given for Perpetual Pavement, Work Zone Safety, Asphalt Paving (aka Merit Awards), and Ecological Commendations. The projects that were nominated and the projects that won the awards were the result of excellent teamwork and dedication to improving Minnesota’s infrastructure in a safe, efficient, and economical manner.
This issue of Paving Progress contains a description of the awards and photos from the Awards night banquet. Click here for more information.

 

 

 

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The MAPA Trap Shoot took place at Wild Marsh Sporting Clays in Clear Lake. There were 31 attendees at the event.

The top three shooters at the event were: Dave Ostlie, Chris Coffin & Dan Callaghan. Thank you everyone for attending!

 

 

 

Sustainable Roads Thesis Wins Research Competition

Haritha Malladi, an NC State Ph.D. candidate studying civil engineering, won first place and $1,000 Wednesday at the annual Three Minute Thesis competition for her presentation on more sustainable roads. Click here to read more

 

2016 Standard Mileage Rates for Business, Medical and Moving Announced

The Internal Revenue Service issued the 2016 optional standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes.

Beginning on Jan. 1, 2016, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car (also vans, pickups or panel trucks) will be:
54 cents per mile for business miles driven, down from 57.5 cents for 2015
19 cents per mile driven for medical or moving purposes, down from 23 cents for 2015
14 cents per mile driven in service of charitable organizations

The business mileage rate decreased 3.5 cents per mile and the medical, and moving expense rates decrease 4 cents per mile from the 2015 rates. The charitable rate is based on statute.

Click here for more information

 

New Members in 2015

Arcon Solutions, Inc.

Home 412 Gateway Blvd. Burnsville MN 55337 Home Phone: (952) 882-5279 Website: http://www.arconinc.com/

Asphalt Preservation Company, Inc.

Home 22923 N Pearl Lake Rd Detroit Lakes MN 56501 Home Phone: (218) 689-4536

Bryan Rock Products, Inc.

Home P.O. Box 215 Shakopee MN 55379 Home Phone: (952) 445-3900 Website: www.bryanrock.com/

Cargill Industrial Specialties

Home 9320 Excelsior Blvd. MS 66-4-9320 Hopkins MN 55343 Work Phone: (952) 984-9156 Website: www.cargill.com/products/industrial/asphalt-solutions/index.jsp

Hanson Custom Crushing, Inc.

Home 20280 Enfield Court North Forest Lake MN 55025 Home Phone: (651) 982-1032

Mansfield Energy Co

Home 2420 County Road C West Roseville MN 55113 Home Phone: (678) 207-3065 Website: www.mansfield.energy

Moss & Barnett

Home 150 South Fifth Street Suite 1200 Minneapolis MN 55402 Home Phone: (612) 877-5000

 

Upcoming Events

Aug 14

MAPA 4th Annual Golf Event

August 14
Bunker Hills Golf Club
12800 Bunker Prairie Rd NW
Coon Rapids MN
Sep 25

MAPA Sporting Clays Event

September 25
Wild Marsh Sporting Clays
13481 County Road 3 SE
Clear Lake MN
Dec 06

MAPA 64th Annual Membership Meeting

December 6 - December 8
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel
1500 Park Pl Blvd
Minneapolis MN
Dec 06

MAAPT 64th Annual Asphalt Conference

December 6
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel
1500 Park Pl Blvd
Minneapolis MN
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