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March ENEWS 2020



MnDOT Spring Load

Spring Load Restrictions

Winter truck load increases ended, and spring load restrictions began in the South, Southeast, Metro, and Central frost zones. North and North-Central spring load restrictions will go into effect on March 13th. See MnDOT load limits map for more information. Start and end dates can be found at http://www.dot.state.mn.us/materials/pvmtdesign/sll/index.html.

 

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Quality Training

NEW! MAPA Quality Paving CertiFIcate Program

MAPA is developing a new industry training program called the MAPA Quality Paving Certificate Program. This training is designed for new entrants to 3 years of experience to asphalt paving. 

Topics will include: Bituminous, Soils, and Materials, Introduction to Plant Management, Equipment Best Practices, Tack Best Practices, and Customer Service and Materials Knowledge. This is intended to be a one-day course.

The program in slated to launch in April of 2021. Become MAPA Certified and show customers that you are a quality paver!

Stay tuned for more information.

Questions: Abbey Bryduck abryduck@mnapa.org

MAPA Friends & Family Spring Social at Canterbury Park

Canterbury Park

The MAPA Associate Committee is hosting a FREE event for MAPA members. Bring the whole family to the Canterbury Race Track. The group will have a designated area with lunch and drinks included. There are a limited number of tickets available so register early!

Deadline to RSVP: May 4th

MAPA members and families are free (including lunch). We will need you to RSVP.

Sponsorships will also be available for $500. Sponsorship includes signage at the event and recognition in promotional materials.

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Jay Winford, Brent Carron, Jason Duininck

MnDOT Commissioner Meeting with NAPA President and MAPA

NAPA

This month, NAPA President Jay Winford, President of Prairie Contractors in Louisiana, joined Brent Carron, MAPA President, Jason Duininck, MAPA Past President, and MAPA Staff to meet with the MNDOT Transportation Commissioner Margaret Anderson Kelliher and her top staff. Topics discussed were life cycle inputs, alternate bidding, pavement technology, technical training, and transportation funding and bonding. Commissioner Anderson Kelliher, although newer to the transportation industry, has made an effort to understand and get involved in the inner workings of the department, making her office an even more valuable partner.


MAPA Contractors Workshop

MAPA’s 64th Annual Contractors Conference was held this month in Brooklyn Park. Their agenda focused on Intelligent Compaction, Thermal Profiling, E-ticketing, changing weather patterns, Workzone safety, and a keynote speaker on conflict resolution and effective negotiation. Please review your experience here if you haven’t already.

Workshop Speaker

 

Workshop Audience
Workshop Speakers


Thanks to all who attended for a great conference and special thanks to our sponsors :  


Aggregate          HGMiegs    Marathon Purple Wave

RMS         Marathon        ZieglerCAT

New Asphalt Industry Podcasts

Pave it Black

Pave It Black

Pave It Black is the official podcast of the National Asphalt Pavement Association. Hosted by Richard Willis and Brett Williams, Pave It Black focuses on the people, issues, and technologies of the asphalt pavement industry, road building, and research and innovation. You can listen to Pave It Black here, or subscribe with Google PodcastsiHeartRadioiTunesStitcherSoundCloudSpotify, or TuneIn.

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Women of Asphalt

Where we Belong

EPISODE 10: On this episode of #WhereWeBelong, Natasha Ozybko and Kari Shiflett speak with Dana Wuesthoff, Vice President of Exhibitions & Event Services at the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM). Wuesthoff discusses AEM’s partnership with Women of Asphalt and why it’s so important to give women visibility at CONEXPO-CON/AGG.

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Valley Paving Wins National Award for Quality in Asphalt Paving

Valley Paving

Greenbelt, Md. — The National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) announced that Valley Paving Inc. of Shakopee, Minn., won a 2019 Quality in Construction Award for excellence in construction of an asphalt pavement. The company received its award at a ceremony during the association’s 65th Annual Meeting in Maui, Hawaii.

The asphalt pavement industry is committed to building high-quality projects that deliver superior performance to the traveling public. All contractors’ projects earning a Quality in Construction award are measured against best practices designed to live up to that commitment,” said 2019 NAPA Chairman John Harper. “Earning the Quality in Construction Award demonstrates that Valley Paving Inc. has met or exceeded these rigorous standards.”

Valley Paving Inc. won the award for the overlay of I-94 in downtown St. Paul, Ramsey County. The company conserved natural resources by incorporating the asphalt milled from the road into the project mixes; using this reclaimed asphalt pavement (RAP) conserved natural resources. Valley Paving completed all mainline paving in two of the four allowed weekend shutdowns, allowing the concrete, guardrail and striping work to be completed during the other two. The shutdowns reduced the project’s impact on commuter traffic and provided a safer work environment for paving crews. Valley Paving produced a smooth, high-quality pavement.


City of Minneapolis Sick & Safe Time: What it means for the construction industry.

City of Mpls

Sick and safe time is a law in Minneapolis protecting time off work. Employers may not prevent legitimate usage until an employee has run out of leave. This local law creates access to sick and safe time for all, including part time workers. Here are a few highlights that you need to know.

Is the construction industry exempt? No. However, employers in the construction industry may comply with the Sick and Safe Time Ordinance by paying employees or registered apprentices the applicable prevailing wage rate as calculated by the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry. Visit http://www.dli.mn.gov/ls/prevwage.asp for more information.

Employees who work at least 80 hours in a year within the geographical boundaries of Minneapolis are covered, regardless of the location of the employer. Covered employees working only occasionally in the city may file complaints with the Department of Civil Rights regarding allegedly earned but unpaid wages for hours worked within the City.

However, an individual who attends a convention, conference, training, educational class, or similar in the City, but performs no other work in the City for an Employer, is not covered by the Ordinance.

All employees must be provided with a written prehire notice as of January 1, 2020 or at the start of their employment thereafter. Employers must keep a signed copy on file. The notice contains information about certain terms of employment and may be requested by employees in a preferred language.

Employers may use the example prehire notice or create their own. This example prehire notice may be used to comply with the city wage theft prevention ordinance including provisions adopted from state law.

In addition, employers must distribute the Minneapolis labor poster, in electronic or printed form, to all employees on or before their start dates. This same Minneapolis labor poster must also be on display for employees.

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