Volume 12, Number 17                                               November 08 2017
Left - Tower Road Widening,  Center - LTAP Training in Longmont,  Right - Flatirons Crossing Mall
Table of Conte nts  Contents 
Election 2017 Election
5 Local Ballot Measures Pass - Adding $$ for Street/Road Work!!  Colorado Election 2017 was an exciting one for the asphalt industry of Colorado.  There were a number of local ballot measures that achieved voter approval and will result in more street/road work for our members in 2018.  "We batted 5 for 5 last night in approval of measures that we supported!  We were glad to provide support to each one and look forward to the successful work to follow." Stated Tom Peterson, CAPA Executive Director.   Here is a quick look at the 5 CAPA provided support to:   
Yes!!! City of Fort Morgan - Sales Tax Measure 2C  passed by a wide margin of 61.2% to 38.8%.  The funds will be dedicated strictly for streets and increase the annual street budget from $900,000/year to $3.1 million/year with NO SUNSET.  CAPA provided the funding in support of a citizen outreach campaign.     
Yes!!  City of Greeley - Ballot Measure 2K (Tabor Override Measure) passed by a margin of 76.6 to 23.4%. The City will now add approximately $1.2 million/year for 5 years to the street improvement program.  CAPA and interested members provided $15,000 in support of a citizen campaign.
Yes!!  Denver - Ballot Question 2A   was approved by City and County of Denver  voters by 73.7% to 23.3%.  Denver now has authority to initiate bonds (debt) for $430 M of improvements.  Top on the list is $45 M of street improvements in the form of arterial and collector mill/overlay.  The plan is to have three - $5 M/yr paving contracts in each of the next 3 years
Yes! El Paso County - County Issue 1A
 El Paso County voters approved a Tabor Override Measure (County Issue 1A) by a 67.2% to 32.8% vote. The funds will will provide $14.5 million for the I-25 Corridor Gap local share and other transportation related improvements in the county.    CAPA provided funding in support to the "I-25 Shouldn't Be a Parking Lot Coalition."  
Yes! Colorado Springs - Question 2A  was approved by voters in Colorado Springs, 53.7 to 46.3%.  Approval of the measure is expected to free up additional funds for street paving projects.  CAPA provided funds in support of the Invest in Colorado Springs coalition that conducted voter outreach and education.  
CDOT Planned Asphalt Projects for 2018 The projection includes information on the total asphalt and total surface treatment quantities planned for 2018 by region.  997,927 tons of asphalt paving materials are planned in 2018.  This is within 1% of the planned quantity for 2017 (1,009,944).  The quantities do not include maintenance supply or design build or CM/GC contracts.  Shown here is a comparison by region 2017 vs. 2018. Summary Report.  
2017 RAP Usage Summary Report.   202,113 tons of RAP were used on state highways in Colorado in 2017.  This represents 17.71% of total tons of asphalt (1,140,924.  The 17.71% is the highest percent on record and over 2% higher than any other previous year. Summary Report   
Gov. Hickenlooper announces CDOT executive director's resignation  Shaileen Bhatt will leave his role as executive director at CDOT in December.  Gov. John Hickenlooper announced Bhatt's resignation.  CDOT Deputy Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer Mike Lewis will serve as interim director in Bhatt's absence.  Announcement
Colorado Opens Underpass to Traffic  CDOT opened the new I-70 Vail underpass to vehicle, bike, and pedestrian traffic. The underpass in the heart of Vail is expected to improve multimodal connectivity and safety and reduce travel time. CDOT used the (CM/GC) project delivery method.  The project finished ahead of schedule and on budget. More Info:  Matthew Figgs
Colorado Opens Grand Avenue Bridge in Glenwood Springs!  The new Grand Avenue Bridge has opened to traffic following a community bridge deck walk and ribbon cutting.   "With the anticipated rain and snow this weekend, we do not have an exact time of the bridge opening," said Gaylen Stewart, construction manager at Granite/RLW Joint Venture.  "The celebration was a fun opportunity for the community to walk across the new bridge deck, celebrate the community working together and be captured in a photograph that will commemorate Glenwood history," said Tracy Trulove, CDOT communications manager. "Over the course of the project we have had many requests for an event on the traffic bridge. We wanted to take a moment and thank our community and local partners."

webinarsUpcoming Webinars 

November 16,  Surface Seals: Chip, Slurry, HDMB, Cape, and more   

The Webinar will be lead by Tom Clayton from CAPA/RMAEC and begin at 11:30am on Thrusday, November 16th. 

Featured "Webinar Series" sponsor
Foothills Paving & Maintenance Inc,  provides expert paving and related services to customers throughout the Denver Metro area. Since we opened our doors 12 years ago, we've built our business on a commitment to our customers and a focus on doing what is right.
GolfAsphalt Training Registration   

"Asphalt Paving" Training Courses planned for  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 Nov. 14 - Frisco; and Nov. 15-Pueblo.  Learn more or Register
Asphalt on the NET  On_the_NET
     On the CAPA You Tube Channel 

The Future of Pothole Patching
Automated Asphalt Patch truck  


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.  
Mark you calendar for the 2017 
Colorado Asphalt Pavement Association New Member Recognition Luncheon & Christmas Reception
Please join us for the 2017 CAPA NEW Member Recognition Luncheon and Christmas Reception which is scheduled for Thursday December 7, 2017. Social 1/2 Hour @ 11:30am, Luncheon to begin at 12 Noon. Please join us and our members as we celebrate and recognize our NEWEST members from 2017. We will also announce the recipients of the NCAT Scholarships.  Registration is open and limited to the first 200 people who register. 
Applications: NCAT Asphalt Scholarships!!  The application process is open for those interested in attending the 2018 Asphalt Technology Course at the National Center for Asphalt Technology at Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama, February 26 to March 2, 2018. The scholarships are funded by proceeds from the 26th Annual Golf Tournament/Scholarship Fund Raiser along with contributions form the APWA Colorado Chapter.  
 The funds will be used to provide scholarships to agency and industry representatives to attend the NCAT Technology Course at Auburn University in March of 2018. More Info: 
Click here!   
2018 "Roads of Colorado" Asphalt Calendar. We are starting to gather photos for consideration for our 2018 calendar.  Do you have a picture or two you feel is worthy of being included?  E-mail it to Tom Clayton  by the 15th of November. 
Awards Program Update: There were 51 projects nominated for the 2017 awards. The judges will be meeting the week of November 6th to begin the process of visually observing each of the 51 projects. The goal is to have most if not all of the projects judged by the end of 2017. Once the projects are all judged, the scores will be totaled and the winners notified. During this period of time CDOT will be gathering data for the Plant Production and Smoothness awards for 2017. All winners will be notified by no later than February 1, 2018. 
CAPA Welcomes 2 new Affiliate Members, 
Clarence Richard Co. They provide asphalt plant equipment and asphalt plant operations training. Represented by Clarence RichardDavid Wilken, Service Engineer and Carrie Elizando, Office Manager. Call them at 952-939-6000

Purple Wave Auction. Purple Wave is a no-reserve online auction service. Contacts include Aaron McKeeDave Brotton, and  Richard Bates. Contact them at 866-608-9283
Industry News & Events INDUSTRY_NEWS-EVENTS
MGPEC Updates Asphalt Specification - Steering Committee Approves Final Version    MGPEC has formally approved an update to the asphalt specification (Item 20).  The MGPEC Asphalt Specification (dated 10-26-2017) includes a number of changes that are intended to improve performance and incorporate new developments in asphalt materials technology.    More Info: Mike Skinner.
Littleton City Manager Mark Relph has announced
the appointment of Keith A. Reester Jr. as Littleton Public Works Director.  Reester has served as the city's Acting Public Works Director since June.
"Keith is one of the most knowledgeable and respected public works professionals in Colorado," Relph said.  "He is a hands-on leader who hit the ground running since coming to Littleton.  Infrastructure maintenance and planning for the future will keep Keith and his staff very busy," Relph added.    (Read More)

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 

Asphalt Pro:  Link to the October 2017 issue:  ·  Balance Your Mix Design for Asphalt; ·  Austin Materials Sprays to Play in Texas ; ·  RCI Proves Itself on the Pavement
Looking for more in-depth articles and how-to's? Make sure to visit our website at www.theasphaltpro.com

OSHA Releases Top 10 Standards Violated for FY 2017   OSHA has released its top 10 standards violated for FY 2017. Fall protection, hazard communication, and scaffolding violations were the three most common concerns. Each of these rules violations have newer compliance obligations associated with them; therefore, it is worth reviewing company efforts associated with the Hazard Communication Standard and the 2017 implementation of the Walking-Working Surfaces Rule

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 November 8, 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:  
Ask Asphalt Man
Question: Are there benefits of paving thicker in cold weather?
Answer: Often times specifications will require thinner lifts to be placed (1.5") as the owner/specifier feels the compaction may be better achieved with thinner lifts. In cold weather conditions this may actually work against the contractor, and end result user.  << click to read more>>
To See all "Asphalt Man" Questions, click here.  To discuss, contact Tom Clayton
From the RMAEC - Training and EducationRMAEC_TRAINING-EDUCATION
LabCAT Certification   
Reserve space in upcoming LabCAT certification sessions. November 14 - 16.  Remember to register early to assure a spot when you want it!   

BIC"Best in Colorado"
Urban Highway Resurfacing - 2016 
CDOT Region 4 and Connell Resources  were recipients of the 2016 "Best in Colorado" Quality Award in the Rural Highway New or Reconstruction Category for their US85 (Ault to Wyoming state line) Project in Northern Colorado. This $19.1M project included Full Depth Reclamation, paving and shoulder widening of 29 miles along US 85 from Ault to the Wyoming border. It was a phased 2-year project in 2015 and 2016. CDOT Region 4 performed the in-house engineering design with ARS Companies providing FDR services and King Surveyors completing the surveying. The judges rated a perfect 10 score in three criteria including segregation, longitudinal joints and ride quality and noted "Very, very smooth ride. Longitudinal joints barely visible, awesome project!" This project scored 331 of 350 points possible and is the highest scoring project in the history of this award program. 
Accepting the award (L to R): Bill Anderson (Connell), Rob Lange (RockSol), Ed Wells (Connell), Aaron Pacholek (Connell), Loel Hoyle (Connell), Mark Roberts (Connell), Nicki Upright (CDOT), Keith Smith (RockSol).
February 11-14, 2018    San Diego, CA
The theme for this year's meeting is Beyond the Horizon: Shape Tomorrow's Opportunities Today. The Annual Meeting's four general sessions reflect this theme, providing inspirational and educational subjects to help strategically expand your operations for the future while placing your company at the forefront for success now.
Smooth roads video
Parting Shots PartingShots
Much thanks to Brannan Sand & Gravel for hosting our Fall All Member Meeting on November 3.  A packed house and great discussion.
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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