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January 2016 Newsletter
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MAPA’s 2016 Board of Directors

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

FHWA Establishes Agency Goals for High RAP Use

Environmental stewardship is designated as a major focus area of the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) strategic plan. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), environmental stewardship is the responsibility for environmental quality shared by all those whose actions affect the environment. The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) supports and promotes the use of recycled highway materials in pavement construction in an effort to preserve the natural environment, reduce waste, and provide a cost effective material for constructing highways. Click here to read more

NAPA & NCAT Tour Japan’s High RAP Facilities

Japan’s current average RAP content in asphalt mixtures is approximately 47%, more than double the current average percentage in the United States. Despite the desire of most asphalt technologists in the U.S. to increase RAP usage, the national average RAP content seems to have plateaued at 20%. In December 2014, representatives from NAPA, NCAT, state DOTs, state asphalt pavement associations, and NAPA member producer and associate companies took a 10-day tour to learn about Japan’s use of RAP as well as their construction operations and practices. Click here to read more

MAPA & MAAPT Conference

Audrey Copeland from NAPA gives a national update at the MAAPT Conference
Joe Schmidt, KSTP talks about the power of influence and how to be an “Impact Player”.
Johny Holmes Band played this year after the MAPA Thursday night auction

This years’ MAPA Annual Meeting & MAAPT Conference were held in St Louis Park at the DoubleTree hotel on December 9, 10 & 11. There was excellent attendance this year for both events!

Click here to view the list of MAPA sponsors

Asphalt Pavement Awards

This year marks the 62nd 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. 9-11 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, St. Louis Park, MN. On the evening of Dec. 9th, 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 more information.

MAPA Trap Shoot

MAPA 2016 Trap Shoot

The MAPA Trap Shoot took place at Wild Marsh Sporting Clays in Clear Lake. There were 31 attendees at the event.

The top three shooters at the event were: Dave Ostlie, Chris Coffin & Dan Callaghan. Thank you everyone for attending!

Sustainable Roads Thesis Wins Research Competition

Haritha Malladi, an NC State Ph.D. candidate studying civil engineering, won first place and $1,000 Wednesday at the annual Three Minute Thesis competition for her presentation on more sustainable roads. Click here to read more

2016 Standard Mileage Rates for Business, Medical and Moving Announced

The Internal Revenue Service issued the 2016 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, 2016, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car (also vans, pickups or panel trucks) will be:

54 cents per mile for business miles driven, down from 57.5 cents for 2015

19 cents per mile driven for medical or moving purposes, down from 23 cents for 2015

14 cents per mile driven in service of charitable organizations

The business mileage rate decreased 3.5 cents per mile and the medical, and moving expense rates decrease 4 cents per mile from the 2015 rates. The charitable rate is based on statute.

Click here for more information