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December 2016 Newsletter
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Topics Include:

  • MAPA’s 2017 Board of Directors
  • MAPA & MAAPT Conference
  • Asphalt Pavement Awards
  • Seasonal Load Limit Notification
  • 2017 Standard Mileage Rates for Business, Medical and Moving Announced
  • Video of the Month: Noise Reduction Matters
Happy Holidays

MAPA’s 2017 Board of Directors

(L to R): Troy Plaster, Ulland Brothers, Inc. (Secretary); Kent Peterson, Bituminous Roadways, Inc. (President); Dave Clement, KGM Contractors, Inc (Director); Matt Timmers, Midwest Asphalt Corp. (Director); Chris Miller, Hardrives, Inc. (Director); Doug Muyres, Knife River Materials (Past President); Jason Duininck, Duininck Inc. (Vice President); Brent Carron, Valley Paving, Inc. (Treasurer); Chris Benson, Commercial Asphalt Co. (Director)

MAPA & MAAPT Conference

This years’ MAPA Annual Meeting & MAAPT Conference were held in St Louis Park at the DoubleTree hotel on December 7, 8 & 9. There was excellent attendance this year for both events!

Click here to view the list of MAPA sponsors

Dan Staebell (Asphalt Pavement Alliance)
Shawn Bloch with Park Construction presented on 3D paving at the Vikings Stadium
Bill Dillon (Surly Brewing Company)

Asphalt Pavement Awards

This year marks the 63rd Anniversary for both the Minnesota Association of Asphalt Paving Technologists’ (MAAPT) Asphalt Conference and the Minnesota Asphalt Pavement Association’s (MAPA) Annual Meeting, which were held Dec. 7-9 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, St. Louis Park, MN.

On the evening of Dec. 7th, awards were given for Perpetual Pavement, Work Zone Safety, Asphalt Paving (aka Merit Awards), and Ecological Commendations. The projects that were nominated and the projects that won the awards were the result of excellent teamwork and dedication to improving Minnesota’s infrastructure in a safe, efficient, and economical manner.

This issue of Paving Progress contains a description of the awards and photos from the Awards night banquet. Click here for a photos and a list of the award recipients.

Seasonal Load Limit Notification

Winter Load Increases will begin on unrestricted highways in the NORTH and NORTH-CENTRAL FROST ZONES at 12:01 AM on Friday, December 16, 2016. Click here to read the full tech memo.

2017 Standard Mileage Rates for Business, Medical and Moving Announced

The Internal Revenue Service today issued the 2017 optional standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes.

Beginning on Jan. 1, 2017, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car (also vans, pickups or panel trucks) will be:

  • 53.5 cents per mile for business miles driven, down from 54 cents for 2016
  • 17 cents per mile driven for medical or moving purposes, down from 19 cents for 2016
  • 14 cents per mile driven in service of charitable organizations

The business mileage rate decreased half a cent per mile and the medical and moving expense rates each dropped 2 cents per mile from 2016. The charitable rate is set by statute and remains unchanged.

Click here for more information

Video of the Month – Noise Reduction Matters

New Members in 2016

New Contractor Member:

  • Northland Constructors of Duluth
  • Buck Blacktop, Inc

New Associate Members:

  • Am CAST
  • Bryan Rock Products, Inc.
  • Clarence Richard Co., Inc.
  • MidWest Dry Ice Blasting, Inc.
  • Larking Hoffman
  • Rihm Kenworth
  • Constellation Energy
  • Schlenner Wenner & Co.
  • Tricon Wear Solutions