Member eNews July 2016

In the News


Notice of Solicitation for Public Review and Comment on the Draft State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) for State Fiscal Years 2017-2018- 2019-2020 (July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2020)

The Minnesota Department of Transportation is offering an opportunity for public review and comment on a draft list of projects to be included in the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) for state fiscal years 2017-2018-2019-2020 (July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2020). The program of transportation projects annually utilizes about $600 million federal funds, $306 million of state trunk highway funds, plus funds from trunk highway bonds, local agencies and other sources. Click here to read more.


LRRB Synopsis of Recycled Asphalt Pavement (RAP) Material

The use of Recycled Asphalt Pavement (RAP) is allowed and encouraged in the construction of new roadways and pavements in Minnesota. Its use reduces cost and environmental impacts of road construction by reusing existing asphalt pavement. The document “Synopsis of Recycled Asphalt Pavement” was developed as a reference for local agencies that have minimal knowledge of incorporating RAP material into new asphalt and would like to understand more. This document helps new RAP users understand:

• Minnesota Specifications

• The Findings from RAP Use Surveys in MN and Nationwide

• National Trends

• Resources to learn more

Click here to view the full document

Disability Parking Quick Reference Guide

Accessibility Standards have been changing over the past several years. The Minnesota State Council on Disability has prepared this
quick reference guide to help you ensure that your parking is accessible to all of your customers, clients, tenants, and employees.

Click here to view the full reference guide.

Stretch of Route 66 Plays “America the Beautiful” for Law-Abiding Drivers

On Route 66, there’s a 490-yard stretch of bumps and grooves that will play “America the Beautiful” when driven over—as long as you’re going the speed limit. Turns out it’s a clever advertising ruse by Nationwide Insurance to get drivers to be safe (the Nationwide jingle plays for a few feet after the song), but what a ruse it is, and what a process it was to create it. Click here to read the full article.

Environmental Updates

Proposed State Implementation Plan Revision – Publication of notice in the State Register.

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA)  published notice of a proposed revision to the State Implementation Plan (SIP) in the State Register.  Comments and requests for a public meeting on the proposed revision are being accepted.  The proposed SIP revision and related notice can be viewed on the MPCA Public Notice Webpage.


Public Notice: Notice of Availability of the draft Redeye River Watershed Pollutant Reduction Project (Total Maximum Daily Load) Report and Request for Comment

Open for public comment through Wednesday, July 20, 2016. Click here to view the full notice.


Notice of availability of the draft Long Prairie River Watershed Pollutant Reduction Project TMDL for Nutrients and Bacteria Study and request for comment

Click here to view the full notice.


Input Needed for the Air Quality Modeling Practices Manual

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency requests your input and suggestions for revising the 2016 Draft MPCA Air Quality Modeling Practices Manual. The proposed revision can be found on the Air Quality Dispersion Modeling “What’s new” webpage. Please send your feedback via email to AirModeling.PCA@state.mn.us no later than July 15, 2016. MPCA will offer training on the use of our new eServices online delivery for consultants and industry.


MPCA has implemented a new way to apply for your construction stormwater (CSW) permit

MPCA e-Services Website

Click here to view the frequently asked questions


PRELIMINARY RELEASE of Possible Amendments to Rules Governing the Environmental Review Program, Minnesota Rules Chapter, 4410; Revisor’s ID Number R-04196

Mandatory Categories Rulemaking webpage: https://www.eqb.state.mn.us/content/eqb-mandatory-categories-rulemaking

EQB staff will be hosting a workshop on Tuesday, June 28, 2016 from 12:30 – 4:30pm. Workshop participants are asked to review the workshop agenda and worksheet before attending the meeting.


Board of Water and Soil Resources, Notice of Request for Comment on Preliminary Policies for the Implementation of the MN Buffer Program

See www.bwsr.state.mn.us/buffers for more information.


Member Updates

Boyer Trucks, Inc.

Boyer Trucks is pleased to announce the appointment of Steve Millhouse to the newly created position of Director, Service Sales and Marketing. When asked about the new role, Kurt Schmidt, Vice President, Boyer Trucks said, “We are very pleased to have Steve join us and take a fresh look at the service business, and how we do business on the service side with our customers.” Schmidt went on to say, “the service business is a very important part of Boyer Trucks, our customers count on us for cost effective service solutions, and along with trucks and parts combines to make Boyer Trucks the market leader it is today.” Steve is available at 651.638.5804, or at smillhouse@boyertrucks.com.

Hardrives, Inc.Donald R. Hall Obituary

Donald R. Hall, Executive Vice President of Hardrives Inc. and former MAPA Board President, passed away Saturday, June 25, 2016 from pancreatic cancer. Don was a leader in the industry, a great family man, and a true friend to all who knew him. We will always be grateful for Don’s contribution to our association and he will be truly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this time. Don’s celebration of life was held on June 29th at the Minneapolis Marriott Northwest with family, friends and industry attending.





Three of the Midwest’s largest petroleum distributors, Boyer Petroleum (Des Moines, IA), Moore Oil Company (Milwaukee, WI), and the Distribution arm of Lubrication Technologies Inc.  (St. Paul, MN), announced today they have entered into a merger to form Lube-Tech & Partners, LLC. Under this merger, the new company’s 200 combined employees will provide over 20 million gallons of lubricants and chemicals, as well as a broad portfolio of products and services to over 7,000 customers throughout the Upper Midwest. Lube-Tech & Partners, LLC’s primary geographic service coverage will include Minnesota, Wisconsin, Northern Illinois, Iowa and Eastern North Dakota, South Dakota, and Nebraska.

Click here to read the full article. 


WSB & Associates, Inc.andrea_azary_5x7

WSB would like to congratulate Andrea Azary on passing her Professional Engineer (PE) exam! Andrea joined WSB in 2011 and is now leading WSB’s Pavements and Pavement Management efforts. She incorporates experience from her work with GIS, contract administration, and asset management and has researched the effect of heavy agricultural equipment on flexible and rigid pavements in rural roads in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Iowa. Andrea develops pavement management and asset management systems for cities across the state. Her education, research, and experience are a valued addition to WSB’s Construction Services Group and she’s helping expand an already recognized Pavements and Materials Group.


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