Volume 12, Number 18                                               November 27 2017
Left: Street Paving Adjacent to the NEW CSU Stadium
Center; Johnny Olson and Cory Stewart Receiving  a Canvas Photo for the R- 4 HQ
Right: Castle Rock, Black Feather Street 
Table of Conte nts  Contents 
Michael Lewis, the No. 2 at the Colorado Department of Transportation, has been promoted to lead the agency as it works to address the state's  crisis-level roads situation Gov. John Hickenlooper announced the appointment on Monday.  "Mike has a reputation as a problem solver and brings an incredible transportation background to CDOT at a time when our state is faced with significant transportation challenges," Hickenlooper said in a written statement. "His experience with some of the biggest projects in our state is critical as we build upon the successes of the last few years. I look forward to seeing his leadership as we embark on significant future projects."   Lewis, CDOT's chief operating officer and deputy executive director, was earlier named interim executive director. See the entire press announcement.  

I-25 Gap Project - Pavement Type Determination - The Request for Proposals (RFP)for the 18 mile I-25 Gap Project (Monument to Castle Rock) has been released.  The RFP indicates the Construction Budget ($325.5 M), the Project Goals and the Construction Schedule.  It also has the project scope which is widen (10" of HMA) and overlay (2" of SMA) with two bid items - 302,000 tons of HMA and 165,000 tons of SMA.  Pavement Type Determination CE Memo

The Colorado DOT has finalized the contract for the $1.8 Billion Central 70 Project (I-70 in Denver).  The design/build/maintain/operate/finance project in the north Denver area.  Kiewit Meridiam Partners is the selected team.   The Central 70 project proposes to reconstruct a 10-mile stretch of I-70 east of downtown, add one new Express Lane in each direction, remove the aging 53-year old viaduct, lower the interstate between Brighton and Colorado boulevards, and place a 4-acre cover park over a portion of the lowered interstate. Construction begins in 2018(Project Info)  The Kiewit team has selected asphalt for the pavement type for all but a 1000' section in the cut-and-cover tunnel. 

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   
webinarsUpcoming Webinars 

2018 Webinar calendar is in the final process of being issued. The first webinar in the beginning of 2018 will be  January 10 - 2018 Asphalt Industry Overview - Market Conditions, Trends and New Developments. Featuring Tom Peterson.  
Featured "Webinar Series" sponsor
From the snow-capped mountains to the plains, from lakes to the showcase Glenwood Canyon Interstate structure, the Colorado Association for Roadway MAintenance (CARMA) stands out in front as the organization that can provide you with the information and answers your need to keep your agency growing and on the forefront of technology, training, and quality.  
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!   
Last chance to get your Advertisement in the 2018 CAPA Membership Directory
. We are in the final process of putting the information together for the CAPA Printed membership directory and still have advertising space available. If you want to consider placing and advertisement, contact Jo Taylor  720-360-6737 soon. 
Join us for our Annual New Member Recognition Luncheon & Christmas Reception - Thursday, Dec. 7
You are cordially invited.  Social 1/2 Hour @ 11:30am, Luncheon to begin at 12:00pm, reception to follow luncheon.  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. 
The Fall issue for the CAPA Magazine "The High Road" has been published and should be on your desk this week. Some of the features in the new issue are Municipal tax measures for Roads, Local Agency Street funding, In-Place Recycling, A feature article on the City of Sheridan, and information about the 2017 APWA awards for asphalt pavements.

CAPA Welcomes a new Affiliate Member, ADA Compliance by Whiteley Consulting
They provide consulting for ADA compliance for buildings, Parking lots, Site Layout plans, as well as structural Engineering and consulting services. The contact is Donald, (Leo) Whiteley and he can be reached at 303-549-5010
Industry News & Events INDUSTRY_NEWS-EVENTS

Johnstown gravel pit gets Larimer Planning Commission OK  County commissioners will have final say on Stroh site Loveland Reporter-Herald, 11/17/2017   Congratulations to Coulson Excavating Co. Inc.  Tom Peterson spoke during public comment.  CAPA Comments during Public Comment 11-16-2017 

Hearing on asphalt plant near Severance pushed back to 2018 amid resident complaints  (Link to Story, 11/8/2017)  Tom Peterson spoke during public comment.

CAPA Scholarships Announced at CSU CM
Congratulations to Andrew Hieber and Broden Baker as the recipients of the 2017 Colorado Asphalt Pavement Association Scholarships.  The scholarships were announced at the CSU CM Annual Awards Dinner & Program on November 2 at CSU. 

Cottonwood Pass Project - 2018  (Preliminary Project Information) We want to give bidders a chance to see the project site before winter closes the road. We anticipate issuing the formal solicitation with the final plans in or after January.  James Herlyck P.E.; Project Manager & Construction Operations Engineer; Central Federal Lands Highway Division; Federal Highway Administration | US Department of Transportation; P: 720.963.3698

Readers of the Seattle Times recently wrote to the newspaper questioning why asphalt was chosen over concrete for road projects, particularly those that are part of the three-year Revive I-5 initiative. In getting to the bottom of the story, the paper got a clear answer from the Washington State DOT about why construction with asphalt is better for drivers: "laying new concrete would take longer and require more lane closures than using asphalt.  Click here to read the full article.
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 

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.  
The update includes a number of significant improvements:
  1. A reduction in total length from 40 to 20 pages.
  2. A new elimination of references to CDOT requirements.
  3. Terminology changes from hot mix asphalt to asphalt paving materials and warm mix asphalt to workability mix additive.
  4. RAP increase to 25%
  5. The use of liquid anti-strips.
  6. Elimination of the use of 100 gyration mixes
  7. Target air voids changed from 4.0% to 3.5%.
  8. Encouragement of the use of WMA for a compaction aid.
  9. Surface temps and not ambient used for determining placement of asphalt pavement materials
  10. Elimination of the use of incentive/disincentive requirements.

    For more information contact  Mike Skinner.
The Department of Construction Management invites you to participate in our   
Spring 2018 CM Career Fair ; Tuesday, February 20th, 2018; 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.; Hilton Fort Collins   To register, visit our  CM Career Fair Registration Site 

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: Does CAPA have best practices for paving lift thicknesses?
Answer:  There are industry standards on minimum paving thicknesses based on nominal maximum aggregate size. These standards are incorporated into the CDOT Lift Thickness Standards (shown below). The CDOT Pavement Design Manual (Section 3.6.2) includes guidance on both minimum and maximum lift thickness as it pertains to long term pavement performance.   2014 CDOT Pavement Design Manual (Section 3.6.2, page 3-11) Required Minimum Thickness of Pavement Layer  Compaction of a hot mix asphalt pavement during its construction is the single most important factor that affects the ultimate performance of the pavement. Achieving adequate compaction increases pavement performance by decreasing rutting, reducing damage due to moisture and oxidation, and increasing the stability of the mix. Factors affecting the cooling rate of the mat include the layer thickness, the temperature of the mix when placed, ambient temperature, temperature of the base, and wind conditions. Layer thickness is the single most important variable in the cooling rate of an asphalt mat, especially for thin lifts. This is especially true in cool weather because thin layers of asphalt mat have less capacity to retain heat than thicker lifts of pavement. The thicker layers of asphalt mat help to maintain the temperature at a workable level thus increasing the time available for compaction. Because of the increased difficulty in achieving density and the importance of achieving compaction, a minimum layer thickness for construction is two inches.   To See all "Asphalt Man" Questions,    To discuss, contact  Tom Clayton
From the RMAEC - Training and EducationRMAEC_TRAINING-EDUCATION
LabCAT Certification   
The 2018 LabCAT Schedule will be published the week of November 27th.
Check the LabCAT Portion  the CAPA website to see the list of Certification session scheduled for 2018
Remember to register early to assure a spot when you want it!   
Election 2017 Election

Street Funding - Add Pueblo and Littleton to the List of Successes!!  Election night 2017 was an exciting one for CAPA and our industry.  There were SEVEN successful ballot measures that will add significant tonnage of asphalt in 2018.  We previously reported on five, but are now aware of both the City of Pueblo and the City of Littleton.  Here is a quick summary of each:

  1. City of Littleton:  Tabor override - approved adding $1.9 M (one time) into the General Budget to be dedicated to streets.
  2. City of Pueblo - Sales tax approved.  Adding $1.9 M/year to streets - no sunset.  This will increase the program from $600,000 to $2.5 M/year!
  3. Fort Morgan -  Strictly for Streets  CAPA helped organize and provided funding ($1,500) for a voter education campaign in support of tax initiative 2C.  Street funding will increase by $2.3 M annually.
  4. Greeley - Better Roads for Greeley  CAPA and interested members provided $15,000 in support of a Tabor override ballot measure.  An additional $1.2 M will be added to street funding annually for 5 years. 
  5. Denver - Ballot Question 2A   City and County of Denver voters voted YES 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.  The plan is to have three - $5 M/yr paving contracts. 
  6. El Paso County - I-25 Should Not Be a Parking Lot  CAPA provided $5,000 in support of a ballot measure in El Paso County that will provide funds to CDOT for I-25 and add additional funds to the county roads program.
  7. Colorado Springs Storm water Initiative - CAPA provided $2,500 in support of a ballot measure to increase funding for storm water improvements.  The measure is expected to free up additional funds for street paving projects. 

BIC"Best in Colorado"
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. 
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.
The latest NAPA/FHWA survey of asphalt producers' use of recycled materials and warm-mix asphalt finds that more than 79 million tons of recycled materials - mostly reclaimed asphalt pavement and recycled asphalt roofing shingles - were used in new asphalt pavements during 2016. The survey also found that nearly 117 million tons of WMA was produced, which is 31 percent of all asphalt pavement mixture produced in 2016. Reclaiming and reusing the asphalt cement and aggregate in RAP and RAS saved more than $2.1 billion in 2016, compared to the use of virgin materials, and saved nearly 50 million cubic yards of landfill space.
Parting Shots PartingShots
CAPA Recently partnered with LTAP Colorado to present at 4 locations across the State on Asphalt Construction. There were more than 100 attendees at the 4 locations. Thanks to Renee and Sarah at the LTAP center for having us present.
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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