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September ENEWS 2020

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MAPA Clay Shoot

MAPA’S 2020 CLAY SHOOT IS NEXT WEEK - HAVE YOU REGISTERED?

There is still time to sign up and join us for a fun afternoon of shooting clays! Lunch & Dinner will be provided with registration. There will be 2 rounds of 50 targets available per person. The groups will consist of 4 people per team.

Click Here to Register

When:

Tuesday September 22, 2020
12:00-6:00 PM

Where:

Wild Marsh Sporting Clays
13481 County Road 3 SE
Clear Lake, Minnesota  55319
United States

Cost:

$120/person (includes lunch, shooting fee, cart, dinner and prizes)

SCHEDULE

12:00 - 1:00pm

Registration & Lunch

1:00 - 1:15pm

Safety Meeting

1:30 - 3:30pm

Sporting Clays

3:30 - 4:00pm

Annie Oakley Group Game

4:00 - 4:30pm

Social

4:30 - 6:00pm

Dinner & Prize Drawing

Sponsorship opportunities still available!

Interested in Sponsoring the Sporting Clays Event? Check out the sponsorship opportunities here

Current Sponsors

Astec Hayden Murphy
Kraemer Lube Tech
Martin Marietta Ruffridge-Johnson
Valley Paving Viking
Warning Lites
Zeigler Cat

Questions? Please contact the MAPA office at info@mnapa.org.


MAPA ANNUAL CONFERENCE POSTPONED

MAPA Conference 2021

As previously shared, the Minnesota Asphalt Conference has been postponed and the new dates will be February 3-4, 2021.

We hope that after the New Year, we will be able to reconvene and offer similar elements to the conference that we have in the past. We appreciate your understanding during this time and look forward to bringing the asphalt community together again in 2021.

In the meantime, save the date and stay tuned for additional information this fall including registration and sponsorship opportunities.

The Minnesota Association of Asphalt Paving Technologists (MAAPT) will be having a half-day web-based conference on December 2nd. Details on the conference will be sent out at a later date.

Save the Date

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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, with self-directed online options in development.

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 at abryduck@mnapa.org.


MnDOT

Paving Awards Submissions Now Open!

Submissions for the Annual Asphalt Paving Awards are now being accepted. This year the rating panel will be performed virtually. We encourage you to submit as much information, photos, and videos as possible to better assist the rating panel. See the linked information below. 

The deadline for project submission is Friday, November 20. Please send submittals to Chelsea Bennett.

If you have any questions, please contact John Garrity (john.garrity@state.mn.us , 651-366-5577) or Chelsea Bennett (chelsea.bennett@state.mn.us , 651-366-5482).

Nomination Memo   Rating Panel Info   Nomination Form


 


Cold Weather Paving Guidance

It is that time of year again. The days are getting shorter and the temperatures are dropping as we approach winter. Linked below are several documents to help your company and project engineers navigate cold weather paving situations.

Advisory for Contractors

The advisory letter linked below is to assist contractors with cold weather paving. PaveCool is an app that can be installed on most smartphones to help determine how to achieve density with the rollers.

View Advisory Letter

Decision Flow Chart for Project Managers

MAPA developed a decision flow chart to assist project managers with decision making. Communication is key on any project and cold weather paving is no exception. Establishing a rolling pattern with a density gauge is a good method for achieving maximum density. See the linked flow chart for more information.

Chart

Additional Reminders

Obtain in writing from the engineer the order to place asphalt under circumstances that seem prohibitive or can impact quality. Submit in writing to the engineer the risks associated with your operation if directed to pave. MAPA members have access to legal template language to send project engineers. Email Brandon Brever (bbrever@mnapa.org) for the template language.

Clean out tack truck spray nozzles using the manufacturer's recommended guidance. Monitor diesel contamination in the tank. Some tack trucks do have separate clean out tanks for this specific purpose. Take the sample of tack after some of the initial tack is sprayed out at the beginning of the day. It is also good practice to take a sample of the emulsion when receiving the delivery from the supplier. MAPA has additional best practice resources if you are having issues with tack samples.  

If your project specified the Paver Mounted Thermal Profiler (PMTP), monitor the screen on the paver consistently to quickly correct any streaking that may be occurring.

Inspect and clean truck boxes daily before loading asphalt as those pesky fall leaves are starting to fall on the ground.

Contact Brandon Brever (bbrever@mnapa.org) if you have any questions or are in need of project assistance.


Please welcome new MAPA Member: AXENOX™

AXENOX

AXENOX™ brand of equipment, hand tools and expertise, is the culmination of countless hours and first hand experience from Michael and Stuart Frost. Under their leadership a team has been formed that provides solutions to the construction trade by designing, engineering and producing industry products, equipment attachments, and various hand tools.

https://www.axenox.com/

MAPA Legislative

Bonding Bill / Special Session

The legislature met in special session yet another time this month, and did not pass a bonding bill. If there is not an agreement this fall, it is likely to be pushed off until next session, and possibly not until next summer. 

MAPA signed a letter urging the legislature and governor to pass a bill this fall. The letter can be found here.

Please let your legislators know how important this is to our industry. Your legislator can be found here: https://www.gis.leg.mn/iMaps/districts/

For more information contact Abbey Bryduck (abryduck@mnapa.org)


Fed Surface Transportation Action Alert

Tell Congress to Prevent Surface Transportation Project Delays and Protect Jobs

The asphalt pavement industry provides a vital service to communities by helping to improve the efficiency and safety of America’s surface transportation system and delivering essential goods and services. The industry is facing an unstable future because of the COVID-19 pandemic-related reductions in federal and state transportation and other revenues that fund critical highway and bridge projects. In addition, the current surface transportation law expires on September 30, 2020, creating further uncertainty. 

To prevent cuts in transportation investments and spur the nation’s economic recovery, we urge you to contact your members of Congress today and urge them to:

  1. Pass a growth-oriented and turn-key extension of current surface transportation law for one year;
  2. Provide backstop federal funding to state departments of transportation (DOTs); and
  3. Ensure the solvency of the Highway Trust Fund.

If you have questions, please contact NAPA Senior Director of Government Affairs, Ashley Jackson.

Paving Projects

Paving Projects to Observe

MAPA is looking for paving projects to observe. Please let us know when you are paving and we’ll stop by! Contact Brandon Brever (bbrever@mnapa.org).


New Women of Asphalt Podcast

WofA Podcast

We are excited to let you know the latest WofA Where We Belong Podcast was just released! On this episode, Audrey Copeland sits down with Ellen Voie, Founder, President & CEO of the Women in Trucking Association to discuss representation of women in media and the international span of women in the asphalt industry.

Listen to this inspiring podcast