MAPA newsletter

October ENEWS 2019

Topics Include:

New Scholarship Program

Scholarship Program
MAPA is pleased to announce the re-design of our scholarship program. We have partnered with 5 technical colleges around the state to support students who are interested in the asphalt pavement industry. Our golf event brought in a record $35,000 for these scholarships! Below are the recipient foundations for our 2019 fundraising efforts:
  • Central Lakes Brainerd
    $5000 for students with interest or experience in the asphalt pavement industry in their Heavy Equipment Operation and Maintenance Program
  • Dakota County Technical College, Rosemount
    $5000 for students with interest or experience in the asphalt pavement industry in their Construction Management and Heavy Construction Equipment Program
  • Minnesota State College SouthEast, Winona
    $5000 for students with interest or experience in the asphalt pavement industry in their Trucking or Diesel Maintenance Program
  • North Hennepin Community College, Brooklyn Park
    $5000 for students with interest or experience in the asphalt pavement industry in their Construction Technology Program.
  • Ridgewater College, Hutchinson
    $5000 to be a part of the driver shortage solution by purchasing mobile CDL simulators.
The remainder of funds will be left to grow in order to make a more substantial donation for university lab equipment.

LAte Season Paving

As outdoor temperatures drop leading into the fall months, the challenge of placing and producing asphalt pavements in cooler weather come up during project meetings. Fall cut-off dates discourage owner representatives from approving paving operations when there is a potential for cool weather. This may restrain contractors’ operations and prevent them from achieving industry best management practices.

Inevitably there are unexpected situations making it necessary to complete asphalt pavement projects in cold weather. There are several risks related to cold weather paving that both contractors and owners need to be aware of. Asphalt mixture, air, and base temperatures at the time of placement combined with compactive effort are critical to the success of late fall paving.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation’s Specification 2360.3.A.4 limits when paving can occur due to weather conditions; “Do not place asphalt pavement final wearing course lift after October 15 north of an eastwest line between Browns Valley and Holyoke, or after November 1 south of an east-west line between Browns
Valley and Holyoke.


You may also consider the use of warm mix asphalt technology. These technologies improve the workability of the mix during placement and allow for lower production temperatures while achieving the specified density. Contact for a list of warm mix liquid additive suppliers.

The window of time in which to achieve compaction is significantly less in cool weather conditions. We recommend you discuss the risks with the owner’s representative and use the tools provided below and attached to determine if there is sufficient time to achieve compaction.

As a guide, for breakdown and intermediate rolling, a software program called PaveCool is available for Windows and as a mobile application for iPhone and Andrioid.

Attached are a table showing Typical Asphalt Binder Temperatures, and a page of graphs.

View PDF

MCEA Highway Safety Achievement Award Nominations

Have you seen, or perhaps been a part of, a noteworthy effort undertaken by a Minnesota county recently to improve safety on its county highways?  The MCEA Highway Safety Committee invites nominations for the 2019 MCEA Highway Safety Achievement Award. The purpose of the Highway Safety Achievement Award is to showcase the excellent work done by Minnesota counties to improve traffic safety.  
Typical applications may include projects completed from a County Road Safety Plan, participation in the research and development of a traffic safety strategy, or the development of a process to promote safety within highway projects. The award winner will be included in the Annual MCEA Banquet Awards Ceremony in January and given a plaque commemorating the safety achievement.
Recent past recipients of the Highway Safety Achievement Award are as follows:
2013 – Nobles County, Worthington Trail Project
2014 – St. Louis County, Intersection Conflict Warning Systems and Related Research Efforts
2015 – Polk County, Research Test Deck for Sinusoidal Rumble Strips
2016 – Dakota County, Pedestrian Safety Initiatives
2017 – Stearns County, Rumble Strip Public Relations
2018 – Multi County Award (Crow Wing County, Dakota County, Dodge County, Freeborn County, Itasca County, Stearns County, St. Louis County, Washington County, Wright County, Ottertail County), Development of a Local Rural Intersection Conflict Warning System
Nominations must be submitted using the attached nomination form. You may also read more about the award nomination process and download the nomination form from the Minnesota LTAP website at Submit nomination forms to JinYeene Neumann, Carlton County, at deadline for nominations is Friday, December 6, 2019.
Questions may be submitted to JinYeene Neumann by email or by phone at 218-384-9154.
The MCEA Highway Safety Committee

2020 MAPA Directory Advertising



Register and join us for a day filled with educational sessions, breakouts, hospitality rooms, an awards luncheon and the Hall of Fame Awards Dinner. 


Minneapolis Marriott Northwest
7025 Northland Drive North
Minneapolis MN 55428

Marriott reservations at (877) 303‑1681
Room block deadline: Wednesday, November 13, 2019
Room Rate: $124


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2019 Shooting Clays

Sporting Clays

Thank you to those who Attended and to our sponsors. 

Here are more pictures from the event. We had double the attendance from last year's event. We hope to see you again next year!

A special thanks to our sponsors:

Social Sponsors
  • Valley Paving Inc
  • ASTEC Inc
  • Hayden Murphy
  • American Engineering Testing, Inc.
Station Sponsors
  • Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers
  • ASTEC, Inc
  • Kraemer Mining & Materials Inc
  • Martin Marietta
  • Viking Aggregate
Annie Oakley Sponsor
  • Hayden Murphy

Just Released!

The Women of Asphalt has a podcast called "Where We Belong". See below for the most recent episode.

Women in Leadership Roles within the FHWA and State DOTs

Women of Asphalt

This episode of Where We Belong kicks off our phenomenal series on women in leadership roles within state DOTs and the FHWA. Hosts Amy Miller and Tracie Schlich sit down with Nicole Nason, Administrator of the Federal Highway Administration to discuss her recently confirmed position, the growing number of women in leadership positions at the Department of Transportation and how women in male dominated industries often reflect the unique, resilient qualities of asphalt. Click here to listen to the podcast!

Listen to the podcast



Workforce Development Taskforce

MAPA is putting together a Workforce Development Taskforce to identify initiatives that will help grow and strengthen the asphalt industry’s workforce. Please contact Abbey Bryduck 9522501681 with interest and questions.
The Asphalt Technology Committee and Environment and Sustainability Committee will meet in conjunction with our Annual Conference on the afternoon of Wednesday, December 4th at the Northland Marriott in Brooklyn Park.

Midstate Reclamation and McNamara Contracting Host 3D Milling Demo

3D Milling Demo

Midstate Reclamation hosted a 3D milling demonstration on a McNamara Contracting project on October 4th at BlueCross BlueShield of MN in Eagan, MN.  The demonstration showed attendees an active 3D milling project utilizing one of Midstate’s Wirtgen W220 mills that has been outfitted with Trimble’s machine control system.  The mill and machine control system was guided by a total station.  Representatives from Zeigler CAT—Trimble were onsite to answer technical questions about this new and emerging technology.  

MAPA Project Partnering Award Submission

MAPA would like to recognize a project this year that has shown a successful partnering effort between MnDOT and the contractor. If you or your company had a challenging project this year where partnering played a role in a positive outcome, please submit the PDF to Brandon Brever at The MAPA board will review the submissions and determine the award winners to be accepted at the December 5th Awards Lunch. 


Submission Form

Ecological Commendation Awards

The Ecological Commendation Award recognizes asphalt pavement production facilities that best demonstrate safe and responsible environmental practices. Facilities are judged on their design layout, clean operation, conducted tours for neighbors/local community groups/school groups and appearance. 
If requested, MAPA will also provide a press release for your company to promote locally. 


Submission Form