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June 2016 Newsletter
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New Report Finds Aging Infrastructure Comes at a High Cost to the Economy

Infrastructure Bill

Underinvestment in the nation’s aging infrastructure comes at a high cost to American families and businesses, according to a new report released by the American Society of Civil Engineers. Failure to Act: Closing the Infrastructure Investment Gap for America’s Economic Future finds that from 2016 to 2025 it will cost every family in the U.S. an average of $3,400 each year because of the inefficiencies caused by inadequate infrastructure. Click here to read more.


Viking’s US Bank Stadium Floor Paved with Asphalt

US Bank Stadium
US Bank Stadium
US Bank Stadium

Park Construction Company recently paved the U.S. Bank Stadium floor prior to the placement of the turf. The mix used on this projects was SPWEB440B on the first lift and SPWEA440B on the wear course. The mix came from Commercial Asphalt’s Burnsville plant. The tolerance on this project was 1/8th inch in 10 feet so this project used 3D paving with the help of Ziegler CAT and Caterpillar Paving Products to achieve the tighter smoothness requirement. The U.S. Bank Stadium is scheduled to open this summer.


Mark Bauerly is MAPA’s New Field Consultant

Mark Bauerly is MAPA’s new Field Consultant and will be traveling to local government representatives to promote the use of asphalt pavements. This also includes representing MAPA at various District, County, City, Township, and Consultant events. Welcome Mark!


NEW MAPA CONTRACTOR MEMBER: Northland Constructors of Duluth, LLC

Northland Constructors was founded in 1970 by Jim Holmgren, CEO. Jim and his team have been serving Northern Minnesota & Northern Wisconsin on Highway-Heavy Projects, including Asphalt, Earthwork, Utilities, Bridges, Concrete Flatwork, Crushing & Blasting. Northland Constructors works along side state, county and city governments, as well as the DNR, the US Army Corp of Engineers and the private sector. Welcome Northland Constructors of Duluth! Their website is http://www.northlandconstructors.com/


FHWA Expert Task Group Seeks Input

The FHWA Asphalt Mixture Expert Task Group is compiling information on the use and implementation of new methods/procedures to speed the production of asphalt mixtures and the construction of asphalt pavements, as well as to improve in-place pavement quality. The results of this questionnaire will be used to create a database of current practices and needs, along with a white paper. The Louisiana Transportation Research Center is gathering the data on behalf of the Expert Task Group. The approximate time to complete the survey is 15 minutes. To participate, click here.


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