Volume 12, Number 15                                               September 25 2017
Left - Subdivision in Parker;     Center - Highway 50 West of Gunnison;
Right - Arapahoe Road at I-25  
Table of Conte nts  Contents 
webinarsUpcoming Webinars 

Asphalt Inspection - Top Ten Tips
This session will present information for those inspecting Asphalt Paving Materials placement. The Webinar will be lead by Tom Clayton from CAPA/RMAEC and begin at 11:30am on Tuesday September 26th. 

Featured "CAPA Webinar Series" sponsorEstablished in 1996, A-One Chipseal is a full-service asphalt maintenance and pavement preservation company located in Denver.  Completing numerous projects for various cities, counties and CDOT across the Front Range.  . Visit the A-One Chipseal Website
GolfAsphalt Training Registration   
"All About Asphalt" Training Courses planned for Montrose, Longmont, Frisco, and Pueblo   
CAPA is partnering with the  Colorado Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP)    to conduct a series of one day asphalt seminars.  The seminars are geared for field personnel, inspectors and engineers.  Tom Clayton and Mike Skinner will be the co-instructors and the courses will be held on October 4 - Montrose; November 2 - Longmont; Nov. 14 - Frisco; and Nov. 15 - Pueblo.    
Colorado Hits the Cover of ASPHALT Pavement Magazine.  It's great to see a section of Colorado ASPHALT highway on the cover of a national magazine.  This time it is US Highway 40 near Rabbit Ear's Pass on the cover of the September/October ASPHALT Pavement magazine, a NAPA publication.  This section of state highway was a recipient of a national Perpetual Pavement Award.  Congratulations to CDOT Region 3 and to Elam Construction.    
An award ceremony was held at the Colorado Transportation Commission meeting in June.  Your digital edition of Asphalt Pavement Magazine - September/October 2017 is available now. Start reading this issue now!    Key Articles: 

24th Annual "Best in Colorado" Asphalt Pavement Awards - Nominations Now Being Accepted!!   (Link Here for the Nomination From and Award Criteria)  Deadline:  Friday, October 27

Golf Tournament / Scholarship Fund Raiser - A Success!! 
A big thank you to all who helped make our 26th Annual Golf Tournament/Scholarship Fund Raiser a success.  180 golfers participated and over $10,000 was raised for our asphalt scholarship program.  A HUGE thank you to Tournament Sponsor  Moody Insurance with Major Sponsors Brannan Sand and Gravel and Wagner Equipment.   Other significant sponsors included Alpha Milling, Faris Machinery, Honnen Equipment, SealMaster Denver, Westest, Mark Ryan Inc. There were several hole sponsor and beverage cart sponsors as well, Including Robinson Profiling and Grinding, Nilex, Konica Minolta, Instrotek, HMA Lab Supply, Yeh and Associates, All Colorado Semi Trailers, BobCat of the Rockies, APC and APC Southern Construction, CASI/EZ Stret, APEX Pavement solutions, United Companies, Western Infrastructure, Schmidt Construction and Ingevity.
The funds raised along with our partner contribution form the APWA Colorado Chapter will be used to provide scholarship to agency and industry representatives to attend the NCAT Technology course at Auburn University in March of 2018. If you are interested in learning more about the Technology course or would like to apply for one of the scholarships, Click here!    2017 Golf Tournament Photo Gallery.
Asphalt on the NET  On_the_NET
On the CAPA You Tube Channel 

Kiewit (Dan Leone) discusses the Canon City Design Build project for 2017

Asphalt Production Plant Safety, This video is about Asphalt Plant Safety. It was produced by the Edward C Levy Companies. In Colorado the EC Levy companies division is Schmidt Construction in Colorado Springs.  

Kiewit Meridiam Partners Selected to Build & Operate Central 70 Project   Central 70 Project   Congratulations to CAPA Member Kiewit Infrastructure for being the lead contractor of the selected design/build/operate/maintain/finance (DBOMF) team. 

I-25 North Express Lanes Project Update - All three short listed design/build teams presented proposals above the budget limit of $231 million.  CDOT has set the date of November 1 for the submittal of revised proposals.I-25 North Express Lanes Project.   

Efficiency & Accountability Committee   The Committee created by Senate Bill 228 met at CDOT Headquarters on September 21 with a focus on CDOT's maintenance program.  Tom Peterson is a member of the committee that includes Deputy Executive Director Mike Lewis, Chief Engineer Josh Laipply, Sen. Randy Baumgartner, Sen. Zenzinger - Arvada, Commission Chair Zink, Rep. Winter - Dacona, and other stakeholders.  The primary discussion was the $150,000 restriction of CDOT Maintenance.  (CDOT Efficiency & Accountability Presentation)

More $$ for Streets in Greeley??  City of Greeley residents will vote on a Tabor over ride that if successful, will increase the annual street improvement program by $1.2 M/yr.  Keep Greeley Moving,  Keep Greeley Moving Facts   Keep Greeley Moving - Handout 


Denver Transportation Bond Measure - $45 M of CONTRACT OUT Mill/overlay work in 3 years (If it Passes).  (Bond Measure - Ballot Question 2A)  City and County of Denver voters will have a choice on November 7 to allow the city to initiate bonds (debt) for $430 M of transportation related improvements.  Top on the list is $45 M of street improvements in the form of arterial and collector mill/overlay. 


Street Funding in Ft. Morgan  A bond measure in Ft. Morgan would increase street improvement funding by approximately $2.5 M/yr.  Strictly Streets Campaign 

Changes Proposed to MGPEC Asphalt Specification
MGPEC is one step closer to a revamp of Item 20 (Asphalt Spec.).  The Steering Committee is in the approval process of the specification.  A final Quick Action Team meeting will be held at the Arapahoe County Offices (7600 South Peoria) on Thursday October 5 @ 1:00pm.  A final vote for implementation will be on October 26, 2017. More Info: Mike Skinner.
Optimized Mix Design & Verifying Gyration Levels  - Summary Information from NAPA and NCAT 
Environmental Impact of Asphalt Pavement Mixture Plants NAPA is near complete with a study and report on an emissions comparison of asphalt plants to other common uses such as fast food restaurants, bakeries, gasoline filling stations. etc.   More Info:  Tom Peterson    
More Info:  visit www.safeasphalt.com   Safe Asphalt for Everyone  A website devoted to asphalt production and the environment.  Like us on Facebook
Exploring increased asphalt plant automation  Imagine a future where asphalt pavement production is entirely automated.  Conjure up self-driving trucks hauling raw materials to a fully-automated asphalt plant and unloading them in sensor-monitored, weight measurement holding areas. Full story
What is the Construction Careers Now Program?
The  Construction Careers Now program  consists of a 4 week Introduction to Construction Careers curriculum through Emily Griffith Technical College. During the 4th week of the course students will attend a HIRING FAIR and meet numerous "eager to hire" construction contractors with  career opportunities available  now in the trade of your choice.   UP Coming Career Fair Dates are Wednesday October 4, 2017 and Wednesday November 8, 2017. The career fairs are held from 4:00 to 6:00pm @ Central 70 Career Training & Resource Center, 3600 East 46th Avenue Denver, CO 80216.  Click here for a map  More Info:  
Are you a person seeking a career in the construction industry?  Use this link to register for the CONSTRUCTION CAREERS NOW program or for more info.  
Ask Asphalt Man
QUESTION:  Is there an easy way to identify a "Traveler Gypsie" paving company? 

ANSWER: The short answer is Yes. When a reputable paving contractor is doing business they do not go door to door looking for work. The product they sell is a perishable product. When it cools it become almost unworkable. The travelers put additives in the mixtures to keep them pliable. Most times it is a petroleum product such as diesel fuel. it breaks apart the oil products so it can be spread and worked. This process will result in a product which will not have a binding capacity. There are several signs an offer which is too good to be true is just that, too good to be true! Complete answer    
To See all "Asphalt Man" Questions,  click here.   To discuss, contact  Tom Clayton
Industry News & Events INDUSTRY_NEWS-EVENTS
Save the dates for the  45th Annual Rocky Mountain Asphalt Conference and Equipment Show,  Wednesday February 21 to Friday February 23, 2018
The conference  is planned with many new and exciting topics to be part of the event. The Keynote speaker will be Amelia Rose Earhart. Amelia will present the future of travel and our infrastructure.    The Raffle Grand prize will be a 2017 Polaris 450 ATV.   Exhibit and sponsor r egistration now open.   RMACES Website 
2017 APWA Western Snow and Ice Conference
Embassy Suites | Loveland, CO | September 27 - 29, 2017 
On September 22, Colorado Barricade hosted an industry open house. There was great 
food and many people in attendance. As the pre-registered attendees were leaving they were given a street sign with your company logo or other designated logo and name as a gift from Colorado Barricade.  
Mark Your Calendar:  26th Annual Rocky Mt. Asphalt User Producer Group Meeting, October 18-19, 2017

From the RMAEC - Training and EducationRMAEC_TRAINING-EDUCATION
We Thank Our Proctors: 
Without the support of our industry partners, the LabCAT program would not the be the great certification program it is!
Hands on instruction is a key to learning and successful training. Just ask these attendees to the recent Introduction to Asphalt Process Control (PC)/Owner Acceptance (OA) Testing Education Course.  Instructor Cindy Rutkoski leads the class through the hands lab on portion of the course.  Our next Intro to Asphalt Process Control (PC)/Owner Acceptance (OA) Testing Course - October 10 to 13.

Training class was very helpful in the presentation of the material.  Prepares you for the certification test.   Attendee to the most recent course.  

LabCAT Certification   
Reserve space in upcoming LabCAT certification sessions. Registrations are being filled into July at this point. Remember to register early to assure a spot when you want it!   
BIC"Best in Colorado"
Urban Highway Resurfacing - 2016 
CDOT Region 4 and Martin Marietta Northern  have been recognized with a "Best in Colorado" Quality Award in the Urban Highway Resurfacing Category for their US 287 Phase II Resurfacing project in Fort Collins. This project was completed primarily with night paving, involving coordination with both CDOT and the City of Fort Collins as all lanes were required to be reopened to traffic the following morning. The existing surface was milled 3" and leveled with 1" SX PG 64-22 and then topped with 2" SX 64-28. 31,000 tons of asphalt material was placed over 171 days. The judges rated the project with near perfect scores in the segregation and transverse joints criteria and noted the project complexity and difficulty due to night paving and traffic restrictions.
Accepting the award (L to R): Michael Keen (CDOT), Patrick Yeager (CDOT), Corey Stewart (CDOT), Todd Emery (Martin Marietta), Jed Foust (Martin Marietta), Kenny Grass (Martin Marietta), Nashat Sawaged (Parsons), Bill Boltze (Parsons).
New Compaction-Focused Publications Released 
Two new FHWA technical briefs and an NCHRP report provide guidance on improving pavement density and intelligent compaction (IC). NCHRP Report 856,  
provides an overview of the state of knowledge and existing agency practices in measuring and specifying in-place density of asphalt pavements. The report aims to help guide decisions on selecting measurement methods and requirements for in-place density and to identify areas for future research.  The two tech briefs focus on current use of IC technologies.
Specification for Intelligent Compaction Technical Brief (FHWA-HIF-17-037) reviews national and state IC specifications with the goal of aiding state DOTs in customizing common IC elements in their specifications. Color-Coded IC Maps Technical Brief   (FHWA-HIF-17-036) provides guidelines and recommendations for improving visualization of IC and paver-mounted thermal profiler (PMTP) data in the Veta map-based software tool. Both tech briefs were developed by The Transtec Group and are available via  www.IntelligentCompaction.com.
Upcoming NAPA webinars
Parting Shots PartingShots
Rob Regier, Vice President of the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) (right), stopped by the CAPA Office recently.  ARTBA and CAPA have a number of mutual members and Rob shared what ARTBA is doing nationally and in other states to support our industry.  

ARTBA is widely known as a great resource for construction safety.  Link here to access ROADWAY SAFETY+: A Road Construction Industry Consortium Program that provides instructional modules at NO COST.  Roadway Safety+ Version 11.1 - Download Options

Publishing Partner   industry_partners

Staff Staff
Tom Peterson,  Executive Director,  303-741-6150 Ext 152,

Tom Clayton,  Director of Training and  Member Services,  303-741-6150 Ext 151

Mike Skinner,  Director of Pavement Engineering,  303-741-6150 Ext 155, 

Cindy Rutkoski,  RMAEC Instructor,  303-741-61485 Ext 153

Diane Hammond,  RMAEC Training Coordinator,  303-741-6148 Ext 154

Jim Fife,  Western Colorado Representative,  970-260-0953

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