MAPA newsletter

January ENEWS 2020

Associate Member training event – Today

January 21, 2020 | 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Chemical Warm Mix, Cold Weather Paving - More Details Here
Ingevity Evotherm

Ewald Conference Center
1000 Westgate Drive
St. Paul, MN 55114

Join from your desk - remote options available!

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Meeting ID: 431 556 737
Password: 406082

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Ingevity works with the asphalt industry to discover new ways our additives and new technologies can help solve problems. Different entities have different needs: government agencies need higher performing, lower cost roads; contractors need easy-to-use, high performing mixes; refiners need a reliable, safe supply for their customers.

Lunch will be provided.
RSVP to Craig Reynolds

This event is available at no cost!

Mnta, Muca, Mapa
Mnta, Muca, Mapa


Top Golf, Brooklyn Center
Thursday, March 19, 2020
3:00 - 6:00 PM
Three Great Organizations; Three Hours of Industry Networking; One Stellar Opportunity!


Swing into spring and support the transportation and construction industries through attending a fun afternoon of golf at Top Golf in Brooklyn Park! Benefits include networking with professionals from across industries, and of course an exciting three hours of golf! Attendee Registration is opening soon!


Individual: $150
Government Worker: $100
Registration includes one drink ticket, 3 hours of golf, and a buffet style dinner!


“Road to Success” Sponsorship – $1,000 per Golf Bay
Drink Ticket Sponsorship – $500 (4 available)
Food Buffet Sponsorship – $500 (5 available)
Interested in representing your organization? Check out the full benefits of the sponsorship opportunities here or contact Jacob Nelson at

Heavy Haul Operators Requested to Participate in MnDOT Survey

MnDOT is conducting research among freight and truck drivers who regularly travel Minnesota's interstate highways and freeways in the winter. They are looking for freight/truck drivers (in a variety of vehicle types) who are willing to speak with them on the telephone for approximately 30 minutes to understand drivers' opinions and expectations regarding winter driving and road conditions.

If you are interested in participating, send an email to Kathleen Costello by Friday, January 24th. Please provide the following information: Put 'MnDOT research' in the email subject line. Your availability the last 2 weeks of January. Just a few dates and times that would work best for you and we will do our best to accommodate. The type of vehicle you drive (looking for a mix of vehicle types) Input will be kept strictly confidential. Responses will be reported in aggregate (no individual responses will be shared) and will only be used for research purposes.

2020 MAPA Pocket Calendars

MAPA pocket calendars are now available. If you are interested in a copy, please contact the office at

2020 MAPA Legislative Platform

Transportation Funding

  • Predictable and sustainable funding is the most efficient way to pay for our state and local transportation systems. MAPA supports increasing and indexing the current state fuel tax to meet the documented need for road funding.
  • The gas tax should be indexed to the National Highway Construction Cost Index, rather than the Consumer Price Index (CPI) to better reflect the cost behavior of construction projects.
  • MAPA supports the statutory dedication of all existing revenue from the sales tax on auto parts to road and bridge funding.
  • MAPA supports an increase in the annual registration fee for electric vehicles, as well as adjusting the current depreciation scale for registration fees.


  • MAPA supports the inclusion of asphalt applications in state bonding eligible project materials. Asphalt is a 20-year fix.
  • MAPA supports the authorization of additional trunk highway bonds (with no more than 20% of trunk highway fund needed for debt service) or general fund dollars for Corridors of Commerce and Transportation Economic Development (TED) programs.
  • MAPA supports general obligation bond proceeds or general fund cash for transportation projects in a capital bonding bill.

Workzone Safety

  • MAPA supports the review of possible opportunities to increase safety in work zones including speed enforcement activities, changing MnDOT traffic control unit pricing in a low bid environment, public education and possible changes to the state driver manual.


  • MAPA opposes efforts that would mandate the use of material type or Life Cycle Cost Analyses (LCCAs) in state and local road projects.
  • MAPA supports the consideration of design-life when determining Life Cycle Cost Analysis.

Workforce Development

  • MAPA supports efforts that will help train, recruit, and maintain construction-ready workers into the road construction industry.

Transportation Funding Efficiencies

  • MAPA opposes increased funding out of the Highway Trust Fund for recreational trails or other non-highway purposes and supports a comprehensive study of diversions of revenue from the Trunk Highway Fund.

Wage Theft Changes

  • MAPA supports common sense changes to the wage theft law that would maintain the intent of the legislation while reducing administrative burdens.


Rob Stangler

Rob Stangler, TA Schifsky

What do you do at TA Schifsky and how long have you been there?
Chief Operation Officer – 21 years

Where did you grow up?
Forest Lake, MN

How do you spend your free time?
Enjoy Spending time with my Family, Fishing, Hunting, Golfing

What do you see as the industry's biggest challenge right now?
Trained Labor force
Training the next generation of construction works to understand our work and the process it takes to
do it.
Mitigating the MYTH of life cycle cost analysis CONCRETE vs Asphalt

What is our  biggest strength?
Getting people together to get a common goal established then execute through team strategy.

What do you hope to accomplish on the MAPA Board?
Get local agencies, engineering firms to understand the common MNDOT specification manual and how
to use it.

MnDOT Training Announcements

ADA Unit is again providing two separate ADA Certification courses this winter for consultant designers and construction inspectors.

MDOT Training Announcements

Accessible Design in the Public ROW Certification Course

Offered for the third year with two dates at the MnDOT Training Center for those who were unable to attend the two previous years. Topics include curb ramp, sidewalk & driveway standard plans, APS design, outside in design, project case studies, and project scoping and design requirements.

Attendance at this course is required for consultant designers on MnDOT's Roadway Design Prequalification List to work on the ADA design aspects of MnDOT contracts, and is highly recommended for the entire design team including the Project Manager.

ADA Construction Certification

Offered for the third year with 8 sessions being held throughout the state. This course is for consultant construction inspectors who wish to be part of MnDOT’s newly created Contract Administration Prequalification work type 11.8, ADA Construction Inspection. This course certification, along with relevant ADA inspection experience detailed in an individual’s resume will be utilized in the selection process to work on MnDOT projects needing ADA construction inspection staff augmentation services. This course is part of MnDOT's larger effort to certify both contractors and inspectors working on the ADA portions of MnDOT projects beginning with this year's upcoming MnDOT construction contracts.

Course content includes curb ramp, sidewalk, & driveway standard plans, ADA special provisions, APS construction, construction best practices, and will conclude with an open book test. A passing score will be needed to obtain certification for a 3 year period.

Please consider these training opportunities for any of your staff who are new or were unable to attend the previous years.  I would like to thank you for your continued support of the ADA program. Please be sure to contact me with any questions.

Joe Zilka
MnDOT Asst. ADA Program Engineer

MnDOT/State Patrol Invite Comments on Weight Enforcement Investment Plan

The Minnesota Department of Transportation and the Minnesota State Patrol are seeking public feedback on plans to improve the state's commercial truck weight enforcement facilities beginning in 2020. 

To get more information and comment on the plan:

  • Attend an open house hosted by MnDOT and Minnesota State Patrol on Monday, Jan. 6 at the MnDOT Central Office from noon to 2 p.m. at 395 John Ireland Blvd, St. Paul. 
  • Visit
  • View an interactive presentation on the plan as well as the statewide importance of truck safety. 
  • Submit Comments by Jan. 24 to


Women of Asphalt


On this episode of Where We Belong, Natasha Ozybko and Amy Miller share the table with Sandy Draper, Director of Inside Sales and Operations at Wirtgen America. Listen as Draper details the evolution of Wirtgen America under her 28-year tenure and how the company sets itself apart from its competitors by setting high standards. The Women of Asphalt would like to extend a tremendous thank you to Wirtgen America, for being our premiere Diamond Sponsor for the Year 2020. Thank you!

Listen to the podcast

MnDOT Equipment Rental Schedule Updated

MnDOT released the Commissioner’s Equipment Rental Schedule effective until December 31, 2021. MnDOT will pay the Contractor for equipment used in the performance of Extra Work and Force Account at the hourly rental rates listed in the linked document.

Read More Here

MPCA Asphalt Plant Compliance Calendar

The MPCA has released a compliance calendar as a free tool to help you stay in compliance with recordkeeping and reporting if your business has a Registration Option D air permit or Nonmetallic Mining and Associated Activities general stormwater and wastewater permit (MNG490000).

View the calendar

MN Asphalt Conference Photos