MAPA Critical Success Indicators Quarterly Update
Investigating the Keys to Japanese RAP Success
By Randy West, Ph.D., P.E., and Audrey Copeland, Ph.D.
On average, 47 percent reclaimed asphalt pavement (RAP) is used in Japan’s asphalt pavements. In the United States, the average amount of RAP used in asphalt mixtures is about 20 percent. Since 2007, the U.S. pavement industry has made a concerted effort to increase the amount of RAP used in asphalt pavements due to increased cost of virgin materials and a desire to emphasize sustainable, environmentally friendly practices. Based on annual industry and highway agency surveys, there appears to be an upper limit on the average amount of RAP in asphalt mixtures of about 20 percent; however, these same surveys have identified that the majority of state department of transportation (DOT) specifications and standards will allow up to 30 percent RAP on average. Click here to read the full article.
Expert Urges Caution in Using New OSHA Reporting Portal
OSHA has launched a new web portal for employers to report fatalities, inpatient hospitalizations, and other severe injuries. But the advice from one lawyer who specializes in OSHA matters is “proceed with caution.” Click here to find out why.
Did you miss hearing a presentation at the 2015 APWA-MN Chapter Fall Conference? You can view the presentations at http://www.apwa-mn.org/
NAPA Webinar Recap: FAST Act Policy Update
On Dec. 4, 2015, the President has signed into law the first long-term highway bill with robust funding since 1998. The Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act of 2015 to authorize funds for Federal-aid highways and highway safety programs. The five-year, $305 billion legislation – $281 billion allocated to highway and road projects – provides the needed certainty to plan for long-term projects that rebuild America’s highways, roads, and bridges.
The National Asphalt Pavement Association’s (NAPA) Jay Hansen, Executive Vice President and Ashley Jackson, Manager of Government Affairs for a free (MAPA member-only) hosted a webinar on January 20, 2016 on the FAST Act. This webinar included discussion on:
1. FAST Act Funding Levels;
2. Programmatic Changes;
3. State Funding Levels for Minnesota; and
4. Questions and Answers
Please be sure to mark your calendars and attend our Aggregate Expo at the Holiday Inn
Fargo, ND March 1st and 2nd. For more information and to Pre-register by Feb 10th – Visit www.genequip.com
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New MAPA Members
Based in Shakopee, Minnesota, family owned and operated Bryan Rock has provided quality limestone products for contractors, government agencies, asphalt production and ready mix concrete operations since 1941. Bryan Rock operates several limestone quarries that provide their clients with aggregate to Minnesota and the Midwest. They are also the leading producer of ball diamond aggregate nationwide.
Clarence Richard Company
Clarence Richard developed the 3 Day Classroom curriculum and hosted workshops in Minnesota to improve the skill level of asphalt plant operation personnel. The training performance was significantly raised when the Workshop was assisted by the new Web-Based Technologies. This year, the participants have the opportunity to finish the 32 hour web-based training on-line before attending the 1 Day Classroom Training in Minneapolis on March 1st. www.clarencerichard.com
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