|January 2016 Newsletter|
MAPA’s 2016 Board of Directors
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
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!
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
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.