May 2019 ENEWS

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Legislative Update

MAPA Stops Concrete Industry Legislation

Earlier this session, the concrete industry introduced language that would change the pavements materials selection process. The proposal would require MnDOT to create a database that would direct pavement investment choices throughout the MnDOT districts. It would also require all MnDOT district materials choices to go through the materials office. We have reason to believe this will result in an advantage to the concrete industry.

Late last Friday afternoon, the House/Senate Transportation conference committee convened to discuss whether the proposal would move forward in a final bill or be dropped. Even though the House hadn’t heard or renewed the bill, they were open to accepting the language as MnDOT remained neutral.

At the last minutes MAPA lobbyists were able to secure the opportunity to testify in front of the committee, which is relatively rare in a conference committee. The testimony was compelling enough so that both House and Senate agreed to drop the language. MAPA strongly believe that is important for all stakeholders to have the opportunity to vet language that affects our business.

Please contact Abbey Bryduck with questions. 

Final Session Deal – No New Money for Roads and Bridges

The legislative session officially ended last Monday, and a deal was not reached for new transportation funding. Road and bridge investment will continue at current levels. There will be a special session to address budget issues that weren't addressed in time, and a bonding bill is still under discussion in which there may be some amount for local roads and bridges. It is unclear if there would be enough votes to pass such a bill, as a supermajority is required for bonding proposals.

However, this July, the second round of funding secured in the previous session from the general fund for roads and bridges will be dispersed. This will be in the amount of $210 million, or the equivalent of a ten cent gas tax increase. It is unlikely that this funding stream will continue moving forward.

Work-Zone Safety Bill Passes Legislature, Heads to Governor’s Desk 

Both the House and Senate passed MAPA -backed Workzone legislation in the last two weeks. The bill had bipartisan support and will be presented to the Governor for his consideration soon. The bill would allow for road flaggers to call on law enforcement if a driver violates a flagger's directive. If the vehicle is located within four hours of the call, the driver can be cited and fined $300. The governor has three days to sign or veto the legislation. Industry has been working on this initiative since 2014, and we are glad to see it finally pass.


MAPA Golf Outing

We are ready FORE summer and another great golf event! Mark your calendar for August 12 and get your foursome together as you won’t want to miss this year. We’re back at Bunker Hills and registration for golfers and sponsors will be opening soon.

This will be a great networking opportunity for all participants. We are hoping for another great turnout and beautiful August weather. Proceeds will go to the MAPA Scholarship Fund and Academic Institution Donation Fund.

» Register to Attend

» Register to Sponsor


MAPA Asphalt Technology Forum Meeting June 27th

MAPA’s Asphalt Technology Forum will meet June 4th in Maplewood. This forum is comprised of asphalt contractors and public owners who meet to discuss advances in technology in the asphalt industry, ways to implement that technology, report research findings from pilot projects, and share best practices. The group meets twice per year. If you are a MAPA member and are interested in participating in this forum, please contact Brandon Brever.


Board Member Highlight: Jason Duininck, MAPA Board Chair, Duininck, Inc.

Jason Duininck

What do you do at Duininck and how long have you been there?
I oversee Business Development for Duininck, which includes many different jobs across the various divisions. I lobby at the state and federal level, handle work forces issues and recruitment, and sell real estate for Duininck. I have been working for Duininck for 32 years.

Where did you grow up?
I grew up in a small town of 500 people called Prinsburg in western Minnesota. My cousins lived right next door so I had playmates all the time. The phrase “it takes a village” applied to my childhood: everyone knew each other. We were always welcome in every house in town.

How do you spend your free time?
I really enjoy being around water. Summers at the lake, and winters I try to get to the ocean as often as I can.

What do you see as the industry’s biggest Challenge right now?

What are MAPA’s/our industry’s biggest Strengths?

What do you hope to accomplish on the MAPA board?
I would like to have all producers in the state of Minnesota be members of MAPA, and have all members be able to articulate the value MAPA brings to their organization.

I would also like to have all members be active in the association. It is important to realize that the organization is only as good as its members engagement. We are stronger together than we are apart.


MAPA Member Update: CWMF Releases New Product Line

Honey Badger

CWMF announces the release of their new product line, the Honey Badger Hammer Mill.  The Honey Badger is available in two models, the HB30 and HB40.  Product features include a Bi-directional operation both forward and reverse, a Controlled Close chute operation for added safety, easy wear plate replacement design and a motor guard with jeep clamp drive inspection access.

Additionally, long lasting wear can be found with the carbide impregnated cast hammers.  A standard 1” grate opening with a relieved design to prevent plugging is available on stock models however other grate openings are available upon request.

CWMF will also guarantee stock on all Honey Badger wear components.

Call today for pricing and delivery.  877-457-3938, Travis Mick, travis@cwmfcorp.com


MnDOT Bituminous Manual Now Online

Bituminous Manual

For the first time ever, the MnDOT Bituminous Manual is available electronically. This new version is completely updated to reflect current specifications, terminology, and construction practices. Paper copies will no longer be available.


» Download Bituminous Manual


Environmental Training Workshop

MAPA held our annual Environmental Training Workshop on April 24th. Topics discussed were:

» See full agenda

Access to the recorded workshop and presentations is available for $50.

» Purchase Access


Innovations to Enhance Mix Performance: Presentation Now Available Online

February Associates Training

MAPA Association Member Training Series runs from December through March. The events are free of charge to MAPA members and are hosted by our various association members on topics of interest to the asphalt industry.

Our February Associates Training Event was presented by Cargill on Innovations to Enhance Mix Performance: Balanced Mix Design, High RAP, and Sustainable Infrastructure.


» Watch a Recording of this presentation 


MnDOT Implementation Funds for E-Ticketing Available for Contractors

E-ticketing pilot

MnDOT obtained $150,000 of implementation funds from the MnDOT Office of Research Services for e-ticketing. The proposed approach by MnDOT to use these funds is linked in the attached e-ticket document. Also linked below is the current Special Provision. As is mentioned in the e-ticket document, the Special Provision is a work in progress that may require some improvements depending upon the vendors approach to these systems.

North Dakota DOT performed seven e-ticket projects in 2018. After the first project, the subsequent six projects did not collect paper tickets. It will be up to the MnDOT Districts and Office of Construction and Innovative Contracting to determine if / when MnDOT can make a similar move.

It is anticipated that, when implemented, e-ticketing will become the standard means of doing business and incidental to the production of the mix.

Any comments on the proposed special provision can be sent to Brandon Brever.


» E-ticketing Document

» 2360 E- Ticketing Special Provision


MAPA Website Changes

MAPA Website

You may notice that our website looks different. Don’t worry, you are at the right place. As part of our strategic rebranding, we will continue to make changes to our website to make it more user-friendly and a better resource to the asphalt community.



MAPA Scholarship

scholarship

MAPA is in the process of redesigning the scholarship program to better focus on employment in the asphalt industry. We will not be receiving individual scholarship applications through MAPA this year like we have done in past years. More updates will be made available as the program is finalized.



Exceptions to Spring Load Restrictions

Restrictions Map

Linked below are the exceptions to the 2019 Spring Load Restriction Maps. For questions about over legal weight/size "heavy haul" trucking call: Minnesota Department of Transportation Freight and Commercial Vehicle Operations - Oversize/Weight Permits 651 296-6000 or email: ofcvopermits.dot@state.mn.us


» North Zone Exceptions

» South Zone Exceptions


PLEASE BE ADVISED RE: THE USE OF ITOs

The State of MN has recently imposed a strict interpretation of the employee vs. independent contractor classification for ITOs within the context of an unemployment audit. If your company utilizes Independent Trucking Owner/Operators, make certain they are acquired through a broker or are registered as an LLC. If they are not, and your company undergoes a state unemployment audit, you may be required to pay back taxes, uninsurance, and penalties.