April 2019 ENEWS

Topics Include:

Legislative Update

Workzone Safety

Transportation Funding

What will happen? The negotiations around the transportation package will most likely be a part of global discussions and “trades” including federal tax conformity and the health care provider tax. There appears to be little support among the GOP for any transportation investments, let alone a gas tax increase. They may leverage this position for wins in other areas.

Governor Walz ran on a 10 cent gas tax increase and won handily. We are likely to see this happen  within his 4 year term, it may not be this year. 


A few weeks ago, one of Minnesota’s freshman US Congressman, Representative Pete Stauber (MN-08) introduced legislation that would require states to conduct a Life Cycle Cost Analysis (LCCA) on infrastructure projects that use more than $30 million in federal funds. This legislation is backed by the concrete industry and is similar to the recent effort by former MN Congressman Jason Lewis.

While Minnesota is an LCCA state, it is a challenge to make sure inputs are accurate and take into consideration all costs associated with a piece of infrastructure.

MAPA will be meeting with Congressman Stauber in his Minnesota district office to voice concerns. 

MAPA Thwarts Recycled Asphalt Pavement Ban

Recycled Asphalt Pavement (RAP) utilization is an important part of the sustainability, quality, and economics that goes into asphalt mixes. Agencies are encouraged to include RAP as part of their design. MAPA recently attended a city council meeting to highlight and educate the elected officials on these attributes, as they considered banning RAP in the wearcourse for future projects. This effort resulted in the city allowing RAP in their mixes for future projects. If you come across an agency not allowing recycle in asphalt mixes, please contact Brandon Brever (bbrever@mnapa.org).  

» Click here to download the 3 Benefits PDF

New Product: Pavement Markings Prioritization Tool

Researchers developed a spreadsheet-based decision-making tool to help local agencies establish effective maintenance practices within their limited budgets as they work to preserve pavement markings on low traffic volume roads. Results from a review of past research, a survey of local agencies and an examination of County Road Safety plans were used to develop a prioritization scheme among pavement markings based on pavement condition, road width, traffic volumes, the age of existing markings, the potential for crash reduction and other factors.

» Click here to download the spreadsheet

MAPA Member Highlight: Mary Cave

Mary Cave

Many of you are already familiar with Mary Cave. She is one of MAPA’s newest board members, holds the newly reinstated associate board member position and is the first female to be on the MAPA board of directors. She is also the co-chair of the MAPA Associate Member Committee.

What do you do at Cobb Strecker and how long have you been there?
I have been an Account Executive at CSDZ for almost seven years. What is even more exciting is that 2019 marks the 100th anniversary of CSDZ contributing to the success of construction companies through our risk management, insurance and surety services.

Where did you grow up?
I grew up in Shakopee, and I look forward to spending a fun day there with all of my MAPA friends at our upcoming Associate Member sponsored family day at Canterbury Park on May 18th.

How do you spend your free time?
Free time means family time for me. I spend as much time as possible with my mom and siblings, and treasure any time I can spend with my son who attends the University of Minnesota, and my son and daughter-in-law who reside in Berlin Germany. I am also a big sports fan. I especially enjoy football and basketball, and have added many Gopher sporting events to my long term love of the Minnesota Vikings.

What do you see as industry's biggest challenge right now?
I certainly hear my clients still talk mostly about the challenges of hiring and retaining key employees, but I have always admired how the MAPA contractor companies persevere through the many challenges that come with being successful in this industry.

What is MAPA’s biggest strength?
It is unique for a construction association to have a single focus like MAPA does. There are many exciting things going on at MAPA right now with a new director, an increased legislative focus, and a strong emphasis on education, to mention a few. I believe that focus on asphalt paving only allows for great collaboration and collective success.

What do you hope to accomplish on the MAPA Board?
I am really honored to serve as the first associate member on the MAPA Board. I have worked for a couple of years as the Co-Chair of the Associate Member Committee where we have initiated a number of programs and ways that we can support the contractor members of MAPA. We have experienced early success with associate member training sessions, social events, and political meet and greets. I look forward to being a part of the strategic planning and goals that the board puts forth so that we are aligning the many products and services of the associate members with the priorities of the construction company members. I look forward to both associate and contractor members reaching out to me with ideas for how we can work together and accomplish great things for the asphalt paving industry.

Minnesota Strategic Highway Safety Plan

Every five years, MnDOT updates the Minnesota Strategic Highway Safety Plan. The plan provides insight and direction to reduce fatalities and serious injuries on Minnesota roadways. It’s time to update the plan and MnDOT would like your feedback.

Click here to take MnDOT's survey and help prioritize focus areas, identify strategies and suggest local champions. Your input is important to developing a plan that works for Minnesota.

For more information on traffic safety in Minnesota, visit minnesotatzd.org.

Truck-weight education awareness survey

MnDOT, the Center for Transportation Studies, and Minnesota LTAP would like your help measuring the reach of the Truck-Weight Education Program

Overweight trucks cause substantial damage to Minnesota’s highways. Although enforcement is an effective tool for limiting this damage, education is also a cost-effective strategy that causes less interference with trucking operations.

The Truck-Weight Education Program has been delivering training workshops, a website, and education and outreach around the state since 2003. More than 4,300 participants from diverse backgrounds have attended trainings, including haulers, law enforcement, local agency staff, freight systems planners and routers, safety coordinators, driving trainers, equipment suppliers, mechanics, scale operators, and company owners and managers.

Please take a few minutes to complete the brief survey. Please respond by Tuesday, April 30.

LECET Scholarship Program for Construction Related Programs

Minnesota Laborers - Employers Cooperation Education Trust (LECET), a non-profit joint Labor / Management organization affiliated with the Minnesota Laborers Union, is once again offering financial assistance opportunities through the 2019-20 Minnesota LECET Academic Scholarship Program.

This annual financial award program has strict eligibility requirements with candidates needing to meet qualification through their affiliation with the Minnesota Laborers Union (or Laborers Local Unions) or through affiliation with Signatory Union Contractors of the Laborers District Council of MN & ND. Eligible Union contractors can be verified by visiting the Find a Union Contractor tab on the www.mnlecet.org website or by calling 651-429-1600. Please review the official program rules. Candidates may send an email inquiry to verify eligibility.

There are two programs:
Academic Scholarship — designed for Union contractor staff and other eligible candidates. Leadership Grant — designed for current Laborers Union members (contractor employees) who seek to advance their leadership skills in the construction industry.

» Download Scholarship Program Flyer

» Download Academic Scholarship Program Rules & Application

» Download Leadership Grant Program Rules & Application

Calendar of Events

APRIL 24 – 9:00 am - 3:00 Pm


Minnesota Asphalt Pavement Association in cooperation with the MN Pollution Control Agency and Wenck Associates, Inc. is pleased to announce a class for environmental training compliance.

»Register Here

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

MAY 9 – 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Save the date. Location & RSVP information coming soon. 


MAY 18 – 11:30 Am - 4:00 pm
Save the Date for the MAPA Family Event

Kick off the construction season with MAPA! 

Canterbury Park
1100 Canterbury Access Road, Shakopee, MN

MAY 21-23
2019 NRRA Pavement Workshop

»Register Here

We hope you have saved the date for the 2019 NRRA Pavement Workshop in May 21-23. The NRRA teams have nearly completed the agenda, our extra day for learning about BIM (Building Information Modeling) is also nearly complete and the demos of equipment at MnROAD will be a highlight you won't want to miss. Do you need any more reasons to put the Workshop on your calendar?

If that isn't enough, we can show you what Minnesota's brutal winter did to our pavements during the last six months with a tour of MnROAD.