Member eNews January 2018

Topics Include:

  • MAPA Updates
    • Asphalt Construction & Quality Workshop
  • IRS Announces 2018 Standard Mileage Rates
  • MnDOT Updates
    • New Grading and Base Manual
    • Tech Memo Updates
    • Veta Classes Scheduled
  • MPCA Updates
    • Air Permitting e-Services Update
    • Grant Funds for Replacing Dirty Diesels
  • NAPA Updates
    • NAPA Releases Silica Guidance
    • Recycle Survey for 2017
  • Member Updates
    • American Engineering Testing, Inc.
    • Allstate Peterbilt Group Expands
    • Midstate Reclamation expands footprint
  • Upcoming Events
    • 62nd Annual MN Asphalt Construction & Quality Workshop
    • Flagger Training


MAPA Updates

Asphalt Construction & Quality Workshop

The Minnesota Asphalt Pavement Association (MAPA) and the 2018 Workshop Planning Committee invite you to attend the 62nd Annual MN Asphalt Construction & Quality Workshop on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 at the Earle Brown Heritage Center located at 6155 Earle Brown Drive in Brooklyn Center, MN.

This workshop is a technology exchange of new developments and strategies for asphalt pavements. This year the topics are focused on:

  • 2018 Legislative Session
  • MnROAD & NRRA Partnership
  • State Aid & Local Government Updates
  • MnDOT Asphalt Specification Updates
  • Intelligent Compaction & Paver Mounted Infrared Scanner Implementation (MnDOT & Contractor Perspective)
  • Paving, Tack Coat, and Plant Operation Best Practices
  • Stone Matrix Asphalt Projects
  • Warm Mix Asphalt Projects

Personal Development Hours (PDH’s) will be available for attendees at this workshop.

Numerous vendor/exhibitor booths will also be open during the day.  This is a good opportunity for networking, viewing new products, obtaining information, and gaining some insights into the 2018 construction season.

Click Here for Registration Information

Click Here for Exhibitor Booth Information


Internal Revenue Service Announces 2018 Standard Mileage Rates

On December 19, 2017, the Internal Revenue Service announced the 2018 standard mileage rates. Beginning on January 1, 2018, the mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs will be:

  • 54.5 cents per mile for business purposes
  • 18 cents per mile for medical or moving purposes
  • 14 cents per mile for charitable purposes


MnDOT Updates

New Grading and Base Manual

The new Grading and Base Manual is available on MnDOT’s website: http://www.dot.state.mn.us/materials/gbmanual.html

Changes Include:

  • Section .125 Changed Random Sampling
  • Section .200 Clarified calibration requirements
  • Sections .290 and .291 Recommend ½% of cement for all SFDR & CIR mix designs.
  • Section .294 Added Field Verification Tests of Oil amounts for CIR, CCPR, & SFDR
  • All Sections Removed most dual units and fixed errors.


Tech Memo Updates

MnDOT has issued Technical Memoranda which are now available on the website http://techmemos.dot.state.mn.us/TechMemo.aspx

  • 17-11-TS-04 (Superelevation and Horizontal Alignment Design)
  • 17-13-TS-06 (Design Speed for State Highways)
  • 17-12-TS-05 (Shoulder Width Standards for State Highways)


Veta Classes Scheduled

This one-day course will cover the duties and responsibilities related to “(2016) Quality Management – Paver Mounted Thermal Profile (PMTP) Method” and “(2016) Quality Management Special – Intelligent Compaction (IC) Method”. Hands-on computer training on how to use Veta for analyzing and reviewing data will also be provided, along with instruction on how to complete forms.

Topics covered:

  • background information on both the PMTP and IC technologies
  • system requirements
  • lot and sublot establishments
  • standardized naming of lots
  • design file requirements
  • monetary price adjustments
  • import of data, design files and spot test data into Veta
  • creation of Veta filters and standardized filter naming conventions
  • creation of sublots within Veta
  • Veta mapping, viewing and analyses; completion of required forms.

Click here to view the MnDOT class schedule.


MPCA Updates

Air Permitting e-Services Update

This winter, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) plans to launch a new electronic service that will allow facilities to submit applications for individual air permit reissuances online. As of October, all individual air permit administrative amendment applications could be submitted by e-Service. The MPCA encourages, but does not require, facilities to use e-Services to submit these amendment applications.

The new e-Service will make permitting reviews faster by streamlining processes and decreasing data entry. It will help populate the database of permitting data that reduces the time required to issue air quality permits.

Getting started
First-time users of air quality e-Services should go to the MPCA’s Air permit forms and online submittals webpage for help getting started. The forms page has links to all available air e-Services, instructions on setting up an account and getting facility access, and a list of information needed for each page in the application. The page currently lists the available e-Services and help content. Additional links will be added for the new service prior to going live. Once in the e-Service, users will have access to help files for every page and field. If the help pages do not provide the information needed, users should contact the MPCA at onlineservices.pca@state.mn.us.

An e-services account can be created before the new Service goes live. Existing users of air e-services will be able to use the same account they already created to submit individual air permit reissuance applications.

Grant Funds for Replacing Dirty Diesels

The MPCA will soon have $200,000 available to fund projects that take old diesel vehicles and equipment out of commission and replace them with new, less-polluting versions. They expect the 2018 Diesel Emission Reduction Act grant will be open by the end of November. All application materials will be found on the MPCA’s Clean Diesel website. There you can also find examples of past projects that received funding. Watch for an Air Mail announcement when the grant is posted.

The MPCA recently finished administering the 2017 round of clean diesel grants, which replaced 17 old diesel engines. Projects included a crane, a commercial boat, and 11 trucks. These projects reduced emissions of fine particles and nitrogen oxides by about 95 percent

Diesel truck replacement

Older diesel engines produce substantial amounts of particulate pollution which can work their way through the lungs and into the circulatory system. The particles cause increased risk of heart attacks, strokes, and asthma attacks. Diesel exhaust also contains nitrogen oxides, a major pollutant which can aggravate respiratory conditions such as asthma. New heavy-duty engines are significantly cleaner than older versions, so replacing these old trucks and equipment with new models results in major emissions reductions.

NAPA Updates

NAPA Releases Silica Guidance

OSHA’s Interim Enforcement Guidance, released Oct. 19, illustrates how the agency’s Compliance Safety and Health Officers will enforce the Silica Rule. The guidance emphasizes the need to review an employer’s written exposure control plan (ECP). To assist the road construction industry, NAPA has released a Special Report: Written Silica Exposure Control Plans for Road Construction Activities, which provides guidance on developing ECPs for common road construction activities. This document, coupled with NAPA’s Competent Person guidance, offers specific examples of how to comply with some of the rule’s provisions. OSHA intends to focus enforcement on whether or not an activity is identified on the rule’s Table 1 and whether the employer has conducted a thorough exposure assessment of any activities not on Table 1. NAPA’s guidance provides additional information on conducting an exposure assessment. For more resources related to the OSHA Silica Rule, visit www.AsphaltPavement.org/Silica.

Recycle Survey Now Available

NAPA needs the help of asphalt mix producers to benchmark the industry’s sustainable practices. The 2017 industry survey on the use of recycled materials and WMA is now available. To successfully report on state-level data, we need a minimum of three companies from each state to respond to the survey. In 2016, most states were green, which indicates that three or more companies participated in the survey (see graphic). Yellow indicates that less than three companies responded, and red indicates that no companies responded. Click here to view past survey findings and better understand how it helps identify industry trends.


Member Updates

American Engineering Testing, Inc.

American Engineering Testing (AET), a leader in the fields of geotechnical, environmental, materials and forensic engineering, announced today that one of its founders and Chairman Terrance (Terry) Swor, PG, is retiring on January 2, 2018. The announcement comes after a planned transition period commensurate with Daniel Larson, PE, being named CEO in 2016.

With Terry serving as its first President, AET flourished within the engineering and environmental communities as well as creating specialized laboratories for chemistry, petrography and material testing. “His passion for exceptional customer service and building meaningful relationships with clients and vendors alike has allowed the organization to grow and excel through considerable market and economic change,” said Larson. “AET is stronger than ever thanks to Terry’s tireless dedication to the industry and to our employees.” Click here to read the full article. 


Allstate Peterbilt Group

Allstate Peterbilt Group Expands into Rochester, MN and Converts Their Winona Diesel Store into Allstate Peterbilt of Winona

Rochester, MN has gained a new Peterbilt dealership, Allstate Peterbilt of Rochester!  The newly constructed, state of the art Peterbilt truck dealership features 12 service bays, a 1,000 sq. ft. parts display area, and the best in driver amenities, including a premier driver lounge with TV and free Wi-Fi.  Allstate Peterbilt of Rochester is a full service dealership and includes new and used truck sales, truck leasing, truck rental, parts sales, a service department, and mobile service. This location will provide the best factory-trained service technicians and the largest parts inventory under one roof.  Allstate Peterbilt of Rochester is located at 610 Schumann Drive NW, Stewartville, MN  55976. Operating hours for parts and service are 7am to Midnight, Monday through Friday, and 8 am to Noon on Saturday.  Sales hours are 8am to 5pm, Monday through Friday, and 8 am to Noon on Saturday.

To better serve our customers, Allstate Peterbilt Group has converted its Winona Diesel location into Allstate Peterbilt of Winona. We have closed the former Allstate Peterbilt of Winona location and our employees have transferred to either the new Winona location or the new Rochester location.

Midstate Reclamation expands footprint via strategic acquisition

Midstate Reclamation, a Minneapolis, MN based asphalt recycling company, announced the merger with  Coughlin Company, a St. George, UT based pavement recycling provider serving the Pacific Northwest, Rocky Mountain, and Southwest regions.

“We couldn’t be more excited about this partnership and the benefits, resources and scale it will bring to the combined business. I see incredible opportunity for Midstate and Coughlin to create a national pavement recycling platform that is unique in the industry,” stated Tom Johnson, founder of Midstate. “This combination allows us to create a more diverse offering to our customers by accelerating the expansion of innovative services such as Soil Stabilization and Cold-in-place Recycling throughout the United States.”

“Midstate has been a thought leader in the pavement recycling industry for several decades and we are thrilled to be part of this combined entity,” said Darren Coughlin. As part of the acquisition, Darren will be promoted to CEO of the combined business, while Tom Johnson will be promoted to Chairman of the Board.



Upcoming Events

62nd Annual MN Asphalt Construction & Quality Workshop

Click here for registration information.

Date: March 14, 2017

Location: Earle Brown Heritage Center, Brooklyn Center, MN

Flagger Train the Trainer

MnDOT, in cooperation with MAPA, AGC, ARM and CPAM, will be offering a Flagger Train the Trainer Course on 2/9/18, 3/2/18 & 4/6/18 from 8am to Noon. See the links below for more details.


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