Member eNews March 2017

Topics Include:

  • Events
    • Construction & Quality Workshop
    • Social Bowling
    • Environmental Training
    • NCAT Open House
    • MN Truck-Weight Education
  • MnDOT Updates
    • Disc Shaped Compact Tension Test
    • Inertial Profiler Certification Program & Pavement Surface Smoothness Spec Training
    • Oversize/Overweight Permits
    • Seasonal Load Limit Notification
  • MPCA Updates
  • MAPA Member Updates


MAPA Events

61st Annual MN Asphalt Construction & Quality Workshop

The Annual MN Asphalt Construction & Quality Workshop will be held March 29th at the Earle Brown Heritage Center in Brooklyn Center, MN. Registration and Booth information is available at https://www.asphaltisbest.com/calendar/61st-annual-asphalt-contractors-workshop-quality-initiative-workshop/. NOTE – reduced early bird registration rate of $100 is only through March 17th.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Earle Brown Heritage Center, 6155 Earle Brown Drive in Brooklyn Center, MN

Fee Reduced to $100/registration

Exhibitor Booths are still available. Click here for exhibitor information.

Click here for more information and to register

MAPA Social Bowling Event

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 – 2:00 PM TO 4:00 PM

Location: Park Tavern Bowling, 3401 Louisiana Ave S, St Louis Park, MN 55426

Registration fee: $35/registration

Click here for more information and to register

Environmental Training

MAPA in cooperation with the MN Pollution Control Agency, Department of Natural Resources, and Wenck Associates, Inc. is pleased to announce a class for environmental training compliance. This class will assist asphalt paving facility operators and production personnel in optimizing their facilities for environmental stewardship and maximizing the efficiency of their operations.  The course is updated annually to cover areas of air quality, storage tanks, SPCC, stormwater & monitoring, compliance and more.

Date: April 5 | 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Location: Hilton Garden Inn Shoreview, 1050 Gramsie Road, Shoreview, MN 55126

Registration fee: $100 per person for MAPA Members

2017 Environmental Training Agenda

Click here to register


National Center for Asphalt Technology (NCAT) Open House

April 25-26, 2017

The National Center for Asphalt Technology (NCAT) at Auburn University is celebrating 30 years of research, development and outreach to the asphalt paving industry. In recognition of this anniversary, a dinner and program will be held on the evening of Tuesday, April 25, and a guided tour of NCAT’s main facility and Test Track will occur on Wednesday, April 26. In addition to the main event, there will also be an optional golf outing on Tuesday, April 25 at the award-winning Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at Grand National. This event is an occasion to reflect on NCAT’s development and evolution and look back at some of the individuals and companies that have helped NCAT over the past three decades. For additional information and to register, visit http://ncat.us/openhouse. The deadline for registration is Monday, March 27.

Minnesota Truck-Weight Education Training

Each year, truck traffic is increasing in Minnesota. Recent legislation has changed some long-standing truck weight laws. Additional gross weights are possible for several commodities, providing the trucks are configured correctly and the additional weight is authorized by the governing road authority. The Minnesota Truck Weight Education Program addresses issues and concerns from state, county, city, and township transportation authorities regarding truck weight. The program explains road weight regulations during various times of the year, including the winter load increase and spring load restrictions. Click here for more information.


MnDOT News

Disk-Shaped Compact Tension (DCT) Test

MnDOT is piloting the Disk-Shaped Compact Tension (DCT) Test specification on the following five projects. For more information, contact the Bituminous Office at http://www.dot.state.mn.us/materials/bituminous.html.

  • D1 (TH1, SP6904-46)
  • D1 (THI35, SP5880-180)
  • D7 (TH22 SP0704-100)
  • D8 (TH7 SP3401-20)
  • M (TH110, SP1918-110)

Inertial Profiler Certification Program & Pavement Surface Smoothness Spec Training

Inertial Profiler Certification Program and Pavement Surface Smoothness Specification Training information has been sent to the industry. The 2017 Inertial Profiler Certification will take place May 1-4 and 8-11 at the MnROAD facility. Equipment and operator certification information is available at http://www.dot.state.mn.us/materials/profilercertification.html.

Oversize/Overweight Permits

The Oversize/Overweight Permits web site has been updated with information on spring load restrictions and trip logging requirements. For more information see http://www.dot.state.mn.us/cvo/oversize/index.html.


Seasonal Load Limit Notification

Seasonal load limits are available at mndot.gov/loadlimits.

Click here to view the spring load restriction notification.


MN Pollution Control Agency Updates

The following are recent updates from the MPCA, for more information visit www.pca.state.mn.us.

  • Notice of Availability and Request for Comments on the Draft Leech Lake River Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategy (WRAPS) Report is open for public comment through March 15, 2017.
  • Notice of Availability of the Draft Long Prairie River WRAPS and Request for Comment is open for public comment through March 15, 2017.
  • Notice of Availability of the Draft Nemadji River Watershed Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) and WRAPS Reports are open for public comment through March 15, 2017.
  • The MPCA has a new “Air Mail” newsletter available at https://www.pca.state.mn.us/air/air-mail-newsletter-and-bulletins


MAPA Member Updates

American Engineering Testing, Inc.

In the 2017 construction season Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) is requiring Paver Mounted Thermal Profile (PMTP) and Intelligent Compaction (IC) technologies on several traditional and cold recycled asphalt pavements. Starting from this year, contractors will also be required to complete the processing of IC/PMTP data using the VETA software and compile the MnDOT forms (IC-108, PMTP-101 and PMTP-102).

Contractors will need to equip their machines with PMTP and IC systems and have MnDOT certified operator(s) tasked with live monitoring, managing, analyzing and reporting of the PMTP and IC data on a daily basis (during production days).

AET has several MnDOT certified operators that can assist contractors in managing and analyzing IC and PMTP data using the VETA software. Contact Eyoab Zegeye (ezegeye@amengtest.com) for more information.


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