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Member eNews April 2017

Topics Include:

  • MAPA Updates
    • Scholarship Forms Now Available
    • 4th Annual Golf Outing Sign-up
    • MAPA Calendar Photos
  • MnDOT Updates
    • Best Practices Memo
    • Reminder – Tack Coats
    • Multiple Stress Creep Recovery Test
    • Prevailing Wage Rate Special Provision
    • Office of Civil Rights Meeting Notes
    • Oversize/Overweight Permits
  • Labor Updates
    • OSHA Silica Rule Enforcement Date Delayed
    • Reminder – MN Electrical Act
  • Legislative Updates
    • 2017 Omnibus Transportation Funding Bill
    • Transportation Alliance Media Event
    • FAST Act – $105 million for Minnesota highways
  • MPCA Updates
  • MAPA Member Updates

 

MAPA Updates

Scholarship Forms Now Available

Beginning in 2014, MAPA raised funds for its scholarship program through an annual golf event, which is supported by the 130 member companies of MAPA and raised over $80,000. MAPA is pleased to announce that we are accepting applications for the 2017 Scholarship Fund. The proceeds from the 4th Annual Golf Outing will go to the MAPA Scholarship and Education Funds.

Any student who is the son or daughter of a MAPA member employee that will be enrolling in an academic institution in the fall of 2017 can apply. This may be a four-year college, community college, technical or vocational school. First time applicants will be given preference.

Click here to download the scholarship form

 

4th Annual Golf Outing Sign-up

MAPA’s 4th Annual Golf Event sign-up is now available. This will be a great networking opportunity for all participants. We had excellent weather for last few years events and an overwhelming turnout. Together we raised approximately $80,000 for MAPA Member Scholarships from previous years! The proceeds from the 4th Annual Golf Outing will go to the MAPA Scholarship and Education Funds.

Click here for registration information!

MAPA 2018 Calendar Photo Competition

Oak Ridge RoadMAPA will now accept photos for the 2018 Calendar Photo Competition. The calendar will have 12 high quality images (one for each month) related to our industry. Submit your photo(s) to bbrever@mnapa.com and if your photo is selected, your name and your company will be given credit on the calendar. The images should be as high of quality as possible (1500×1100 minimum resolution). The submittal deadline is September 30, 2017.

Some ideas for an image are:

  • An Asphalt Paving train
  • Seasonal images of scenic asphalt roads (Summer, Fall, Winter, Spring)
  • Newly paved roads
  • Asphalt plant during operation

Annual Meeting Planning Committee

The 64th Annual Meeting is scheduled for December 6-8, 2017. If you would like to be a part of the planning committee, please email Brandon Brever bbrever@mnapa.org. Both Contractor members and Associate members are encouraged to join the committee.

 

MnDOT Updates

Best Practices Memo

The Best Practices Memo from MnDOT and MAPA will be available in the next few weeks. If you have any items you would like included, email jthomas@mnapa.org.

 

REMINDER – Tack Coat

There has been concern regarding diesel contamination in tack coats. Diesel fuel is typically used to clean out the spray bars to avoid an uneven spray pattern. Members should be aware of the amount of diesel fuel being flushed through the system and back into the tank (contact your tack truck manufacture for additional information). The potential deduct for contaminated tack coat is 5% of the asphalt mix price.

 

Multiple Stress Creep Recovery  (MSCR) Test

MnDOT has moved to the MSCR test for grading asphalt binders and they will test the asphalt cement on projects to be sure it complies with the MSCR test. Be aware that remaining binder in a tank can contaminate the modified binder so the two should not be combined or you may risk getting a deduct on the project.

 

Prevailing Wage Rate Special Provision

MnDOT has added a Special Provisions packet to all their contracts that were bid on Jan. 24th or after. You can access the information on their web site at http://www.dot.state.mn.us/const/labor/documents/contractdocs/specprovdivastate.pdf

 

Office of Civil Rights

MAPA met with the Office of Civil Rights to discuss Disadvantaged Business Enterprise goal and requirements. The notes from that meeting are available here.

 

Oversize/Overweight Permits

From September 19, 2016 to September 19, 2017, some oversize trips made under a MnDOT annual permit no longer require a route pre-approval through MnDOT’s permitting system whenever the loaded vehicle does not exceed the following dimensions: 11’0″ Wide; 14’6″ High; or 110’0″ Long. During this one-year trial period, MnDOT strongly encourages using its permit routing system to verify all routes, but it is no longer a requirement when loaded dimensions are within those listed. Loads exceeding the dimensions listed, and overweight loads, are still required to obtain route pre-approval from MnDOT. For complete details about this requirement change, see http://www.dot.state.mn.us/cvo/oversize/

 

Labor Updates

OSHA Silica Rule Enforcement Date Delayed

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced a delay in enforcement of the crystalline silica standard that applies to the construction industry to conduct additional outreach and provide educational materials and guidance for employers. The agency has determined that additional guidance is necessary due to the unique nature of the requirements in the construction standard. Originally scheduled to begin June 23, 2017, enforcement will now begin Sept. 23, 2017. Click here to read the full news release.

 

Reminder – MN Electrical Act

Unless otherwise exempt under the US Dept. of Labor Mine Safety and Health Administration statutes, electrical wiring for portable generators, road construction plants, concrete plants, crushers, conveyors, pumps and similar temporary electrical systems is regulated by and shall be installed in accordance with the requirements of the Minnesota Electrical Act. See the following web site for more information https://www.dli.mn.gov/ccld/PDF/eli_bulletin_portable.pdf

Legislative Updates

2017 Omnibus Transportation Funding Bill

Jim Wafler, MAPA Legislative Consultant

The Omnibus Transportation Funding Bills have now passed both the House and Senate. In the immediate future, we can expect conference committees to begin the process of reconciling differences. Click here to read the full update.

 Transportation Alliance Media Event

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month and it also features National Work Zone Awareness Week. You can Make a Difference by simply being at the State Capitol on April 19th from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm. Transportation Alliance is hosting an important media event on the front steps of the State Capitol focused on the need to invest to improve safety on our roadways.
As the Legislature Debates a Transportation Funding Package, Legislative Leaders and the Governor should pay attention to the growing problem of traffic injuries and fatalities on our roadways. Visit www.transportationalliance.com for more information.

 

FAST Act – $105 million for Minnesota highways

The MN Senate/House bill (SF 821/HF 837) was signed into law, which puts $105 million into this year’s highway projects. This money was made available from the federal surface transportation bill known as the FAST Act in 2016. This is a great step to improve our state highway system this construction season.

MPCA Updates

National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES)/ State Disposal System (SDS) General Permit

The MPCA published a notice of intent to reissue a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES)/ State Disposal System (SDS) General Permit MNG490000 Nonmetallic Mining/Associated Activities. They are accepting comments until May 3, 2017 by 4:30 pm. The link below gives more information. MAPA and the Aggregate Ready Mix Association of Minnesota contracted with Wenck Associates during the drafting period of the new permit. If you have questions or comments, please contact MAPA.

Ramsey-Washington Metro District Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategies (WRAPS)

Notice of availability and request for comments on the draft Ramsey-Washington Metro District Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategies (WRAPS) and Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) is open for public comment through May 3, 2017. For more information, visit the MPCA Public Notices webpage.

Pine River Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategy (WRAPS)

Notice of Availability and Request for Comments on the Draft Pine River Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategy (WRAPS) and Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) is open for public comment through May 10, 2017. For more information, visit the MPCA Public Notices webpage.

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