Member eNews September 2017

Topics Include:

  • MAPA Updates
    • MAPA Partnering Award
    • 2018 Calendar Photos
    • Annual Meeting Posters
    • 2017 Ecological Award Forms Available
  • MnDOT Updates
    • 2018 Spec Book Now Available
    • Tech Memo Updates
    • 2017 Asphalt Paving Awards
    • Java upgrades will not work with Online OSOW Permitting System
  • NAPA Updates
    • Emerald Eco-Label v2
  • Upcoming Events – Sporting Clay Registration Available Now!


MAPA Updates

MAPA Partnering Award

MAPA would like to recognize projects that have shown successful partnering between MnDOT and contractors. MAPA contractor members may submit a project to be awarded at the MAAPT/MAPA Annual Awards Banquet on Wednesday, December 6, 2017. The MAPA board will review the submissions and determine the award winners.

What is Partnering?

Partnering is the process of creating a cooperative team by resolving issues in a timely manner.  This helps to ensure project value is retained. Disagreements during the project can arise. Project partnering helps to enable all the stakeholders to develop open lines of communication. All parties must be willing to openly discuss the issues and work to resolve them at the lowest level.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Projects must be substantially complete by October 13, 2017
  • MnDOT or State Aid project

Click here to download the form and fill out in Adobe Reader.



MAPA 2018 Calendar Photo Competition Deadline Coming Soon

Oak Ridge RoadMAPA is accepting photos for the 2018 Calendar Photo Competition. The submittal deadline is September 30, 2017. 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).

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 Posters

We would like to showcase you (MAPA members), your crews and the projects you completed this year that you are particularly proud of, which show quality workmanship and the versatility of asphalt pavements. This is the 12th year we are attempting to showcase our MAPA Members in this fashion, and we plan to build on this every year.

Please bring a poster, showcasing your project(s) to MAPA’s Annual Meeting. MAPA will have approximately 10 easels available for use on a first come first serve basis, or you can bring your own easel to place your poster upon.

Possible suggestions that your poster could include are 4 to 5 pictures of a specific project installation, whether it is a roadway, parking lot, porous asphalt pavement, walking or bike path, tennis court, running track, race track, airport runway/apron, etc. and a brief write-up describing the project (where, when, versatility, excellence of the working crew, …).

With your permission, MAPA would use the posters/displays you provide at statewide regional seminars with specifiers of asphalt pavement, and to develop flyers, etc., to promote our members and the versatility of asphalt pavement. Please notify us if you want the poster returned to you.

2017 Ecological Award Forms Available

The Ecological Commendation Award recognizes asphalt pavement production facilities that best demonstrate safe and responsible environmental practices. Facilities are judged on their design layout, clean operation, conducted tours for neighbors/local community groups/school groups and appearance.
In an effort to open the award to all MAPA Producer Members we have created FORM B that can be submitted if FORM A does not apply.
  • The Ecological Commendation Award is open to Asphalt Pavement Producers
  • The award is open to all parties regardless of membership in MAPA
  • The facility must be located in the State of Minnesota
  • If the facility has been awarded the MAPA Ecological Commendation Award from previous years and the plant has not been altered (fill out and return “FORM A” on page 2).
  • If the facility has been awarded the National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) Diamond Achievement Commendation For Excellence in Asphalt Plant/Site Operations or received a MAPA Ecological Commendation award from previous years (fill out and return “FORM A” on page 2)
 – or –
  • Fill out and return to MAPA the “FORM B” on pages 3-16.
  • May qualify for permanent or portable plants
Reviewing: Responsibility will be of the Minnesota Asphalt Pavement Association (MAPA), and/or National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA), and other appropriate approving authorities.


MnDOT Updates

2018 Spec Book Now Available

 MnDOT has published the Standard Specifications for Construction, 2018 Edition (PDF) – also known as the 2018 Spec Book.

The 2018 Spec Book is effective for most projects let on or after Jan. 26, 2018.

The electronic version of the 2018 Spec Book and older editions is available on MnDOT’s Spec Book website.

You can order hard copies by phone, online, or in person from:

Minnesota’s Bookstore
660 Olive Street
St Paul, MN 55155

Tech Memo Updates

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

  • 17-08-T-02 (Rumble Strips and Stripes on Rural Trunk Highways)
  • 17-09-TS-03 (MnDOT Standard Specifications for Construction)
  • 17-10-T-03 (Minnesota Work Zone Safety and Mobility Policy)

2017 Asphalt Paving Awards

Linked below is the request for nominations for the 2017 Asphalt Paving Awards.  The MnDOT set deadline for project submittals is Friday, Sept. 29, 2017.  The agency (city, county or state district) needs to submit the award. If you know of a project that would be a good candidate for this award you should contact the agency representative so they can fill out the forms.


The Award submittal categories in the Pavement Rating Plan for State Aid are now:

  1. County/Municipal Urban – New or Reconstruct
  2. County/Municipal Rural – New or Reconstruct
  3. County/Municipal Urban – Resurface
  4. County/Municipal Rural – Resurface
  5. County Road (local funds only – no State or FederalFunds)

Nomination Memo

Pavement Rating Plan

2017 Nomination Form


Java upgrades will not work with Online OSOW Permitting System

MnDOT’s online OSOW permitting system will not be compatible with any future versions of Java. To continue to use the online permitting system, you will need to avoid all future Java updates and instead continue to use version Java SE 8 and the Internet Explorer web browser.

The next version of Java (Java 9) will be released sometime in September. Do not install this version or any that follow. If you have your computer set to automatically enable updates or you mistakenly install a newer version, you will encounter issues and need to revert back to Java SE 8. If this happens to you, you will need to go to Oracle’s website and download Java SE 8.

For more detailed information and assistance with downloading Java SE 8, please see this guide to walk you through the steps: mndot.gov/cvo/oversize/pdf/javaSE8guide.pdf

For more OSOW information, visit mndot.gov/cvo/oversize.


NAPA Updates

Emerald Eco-Label v2

Work is now complete on Emerald Eco-Label v2, which is compliant to the EN 15804 standard, and the updated tool has been approved by an outside third party. Users may now use Emerald Eco-Label to receive a full LEED credit on a project.
If you have already used the tool to create an EPD, simply go to the Asphalt Mixes page, and click on View EPD next to the desired mix. The tool will automatically update the EPD template to the new format.
For more information about Emerald Eco-Label, watch this video, the EPD webinars, and visit www.asphaltpavement.org/epd.  For questions, contact Associate Director of Member Programs Kelly Kanaras.

Upcoming Events

MAPA Sporting Clay Event

Registration now available. Click here to sign up or sponsor.

Date: September 25, 2017

Location: Wild Marsh Sporting Clays, Clear Lake, MN

MAAPT Conference

Save the date! More information coming soon.

Date: December 6, 2017

Location: Hilton DoubleTree, St Louis Park, MN

MAPA Annual Meeting

Save the date! More information coming soon.

Date: December 6-8, 2017

Location: Hilton DoubleTree, St Louis Park, MN

62nd Annual MN Asphalt Construction & Quality Workshop

Save the date! More information coming soon.

Date: March 14, 2017

Location: Earle Brown Heritage Center, Brooklyn Center, MN


Member Updates

Stonebrooke Engineering

Stonebrooke Engineering, Inc. (Stonebrooke) announced that it has been named to the 2017 Inc. 5000 list. With a 3-year growth rate of 103.95%, Stonebrooke secured the #3155 spot on the 36th annual Inc. 5000 list of America’s fastest-growing private companies. Past Inc. 5000 honorees have included Zappos, Microsoft, and Grubhub.

To make the Inc. 5000 list, companies must be privately-owned, U.S-based, independent organizations that have enjoyed year-over-year growth over three years. “It’s an incredible honor to be recognized by Inc. for the very first time. This recognition speaks highly of our employees, each contributing to Stonebrooke’s success”, Tim Arvidson, CEO or Stonebrooke Engineering said.

The annual Inc. 5000 event honoring all the companies on the list will be held from October 10 through 12, 2017 at the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa in Palm Desert, CA.



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