Volume 13, Number 04                                               March 15 2018

Top Photos: Next Generation attendee's at the 45th Annual RMACES.  One highlight of the Annual Conference was our "Bring your Kids to Work Friday." We welcomed over 20 Next Generation asphalt enthusiasts to the conference.

Table of Conte nts  Contents 
Women of Asphalt Council Makes Successful Debut   Earlier this month at the World of Asphalt in Houston, change was set in motion for women in the industry. The Women of Asphalt Council debuted with a high-energy booth that featured a variety of adult beverages, pink T-shirts, informational handouts, networking, and fun photo booth. The start-up council's debut attracted throngs of World of Asphalt attendees curious about a new initiative to advocate for and recruit women into the industry.   The council hosted a powerful panel discussion and featured keynote speaker, Dr. Audrey Copeland, NAPA Vice President for Engineering, Research & Technology, who noted that less than 7,000 workers in the asphalt industry are women. The panelists shared stories about how they entered and persevered in the industry, offering advice on how to recruit and retain through a culture of mentorship, education, and flexibility. Photos and an archived livestream of the forum are available to view on the Women of Asphalt Council Facebook page.
Save the Date - CAPA's Safety Workshop is scheduled for Friday March 30, 2018 (9:30 - 2:00pm) in the RMAEC Training Room.   This informational session will include presentations and round table discussion from safety officers and cover a variety of aspects regarding site safety and plant operations and how to protect our work force. A working lunch will be included.  Open to all safety officers, and key project and plant staff.  Online registration link will be available soon on the CAPA website.   Contact Tom Clayton for additional information. 
Colorado Asphalt Hall of Fame
 Congratulations to Jerry Meier, formerly of Aggregate Industries, on his induction into the Colorado Asphalt Hall of Fame.  Jerry spent over 50 years in the industry including 25 years at BR/CAMAS/Agggregate Industries and 21 with Siegrist Companies.  His paving work stretched from Pueblo to Ft. Collins and from airports and highways to parking lots and driveways.  Jerry was recognized for his commitment to quality and working relationships with owner/agencies.

Also, great to have several Hall of Fame Members join us for the CAPA "Best in Colorado" Asphalt Awards Dinner.    Photo #1. Jerry Meier with colleagues and business associates.      Photo #2:  Hall of Fame member Gino Chavez (left) with Leonard Miller and Joe Mauer of Schmidt Construction.    
Photo #3:  (left to right) Hall of Famers Mike Mikkelson, Ira Paulin, with Dan Mikkelson of New West Paving, and Hall of Famers Swede Kamm, and Herman Altergott. (Photo Gallery)
CAPA Welcomes NEW Member CO2 Renu. They are a Dry Ice Blasting Company to help with equipment and site maintenance. Dry Ice blasting is used in place of many environmentally damaging solvents.Dry ice blasting is the only form of non-abrasive media blasting.Contact Mike Taylor or 719-761-7114 for more information on how he can help you maintain your equipment or clean for you.  
New Emulsion Provider in Denver Area   Vance Brothers, a long time CAPA Associate Member and maintenance product provider, is now a provider of emulsion.  Vance Brothers, Denver @ 303-341-2604
45th Annual Rocky Mt. Asphalt Conference & Equipment Show Much thanks to all who attended, sponsored, presented, and volunteered at the 45th annual conference and equipment show.  A grand success with nearly 1,000 paid attendees and 1,400 person event (speakers, exhibitors, students, volunteers).    (Photo Gallery)

webinarsUpcoming Webinars 

May 17, Best Practices for Design and Maintenance of Bike Paths / Pedestrian Walkways

To Register for any of the listed webinars or to see the entire 2018 Webinar Schedule use this link.   To view a webinar you may have missed or to see what what has been recorded and ready for you to listen to, use this link 
From the RMAEC - Training and EducationRMAEC_TRAINING-EDUCATION
APWA Chapter President with James Beall
Colorado was well represented at the recent Asphalt Technology Course at the NCAT Short Course in Asphalt Technology, February 26 - March 2
(Left to Right) Dan DiCenso- AECOM, Todd Rullo - City of Thornton, Jacob Silverman - Earth Engineering Consultants, Beau Radovich - Cesare , Inc, Justin Cupich - Kumar and Associates, Randy Walrath , City of Greeley, Nicolas Stoker - City of Cortez,  Tom Gill -  Town of Parker.   One of the Summary Evaluation was received from Todd Rullo, City of ThorntonApplications to attend are taken all year long and awarded at the CAPA new Member Luncheon in December.
Asphalt Lunch & Learn Training  The latest Information, technology and applications in the Asphalt Industry Tailored to meet your needs.
Topic may include: Pavement Management, Pavement Preservation, Asset Management, Perpetual Pavement, Street Funding, Life Cycle Cost Analysis, Thin Lift overlays, ,Rubbilization of PCCP, PG Binders/ Mix Selection, ,Porous Asphalt and more.
Lunch will be provided. Sessions may last between 60 and 90 minutes. CEU's and PDH's may be available upon request.
These sessions are provided at NO Cost to your Local Agency, Engineering Firm, or contracting Company. 
For additional Information contact Mike Skinner, Director of Engineering
LabCAT Goes on the Road to Durango  Every third year the LabCAT Program goes on the road to CDOT Region 5 (Durango).   Asphalt certification courses were held in Durango on March 6 -9, 2018, and we received excellent feedback.  Tom Clayton and Cindy Rutkoski led the instruction and we had a HUGE response.  13 - Standard Certification; 22  - Streamlined; 42 - Inspector.  We thank the CDOT Region 5 Materials Lab for assistance and for working with us on this service to the industry in the southwest corner of Colorado.    

USDOT Awards 41 TIGER Grants Across 43 State  Ute Mountain Ute Tribe Passing Lane Project, Ute Mountain Ute Tribe, $2,000,000 - to upgrade a 2.5-mile rural portion of US Highway 160 by adding approximately 6,000 feet of passing lanes in each direction, three new box culverts, signage, guardrails, widened shoulders, and access improvements.  CDOT now has to wait for final approval from Congress in 90 days. That means this likely will be a summer 2019 project for approximately $11m. SB 267 is contributing $9m. 

Chief Engineer Explains the CDOT Cash Management Position  CDOT has made available a detailed explanation from the Chief Engineer on the CDOT cash management position.   The presentation, link here CY18 Expenditure Target and Cash Forecast (Jeff Sudmeier, Josh Laipply, and Jane Fisher)  provided detailed information on funding levels and the CDOT forecast analysis.

Contracts for Maintenance Paving  Kyle Lester, CDOT Chief Division of Highway Maintenance, will be attending the CAPA Board of Directors Meeting on April 6 in Greeley.  The intent is to discuss the use of M (Maintenance) contracts for small quantity paving.  This is a follow-up to a meeting in February.  CDOT is in the process of developing a draft Job Order Contract to allow maintenance to hire contractors to pave.  We expect to see a draft in 30 days and for the concept to be used first in the metro Denver area.

Asphalt Industry Forum - Close Out Meeting & Steering Committee Meeting, Wednesday, April 4, 2018, 1:00pm, Brannan Sand & Gravel - Yard C. 

OSHA Launches its Focus Four Campaign
 On Mar. 1, OSHA launched its Focus Four Campaign in the Mid-Atlantic states to address the four leading causes of fatal injuries in the construction industry. Over the next few months, OSHA will be focusing on each of the following hazards: struck-by, falls, electrocution, and caught-in/between. OSHA's website provides a variety of safety training materials.  

NAPA Will host a webinar on March 27  
Webinar: Complying with OSHA's Silica Rule at Asphalt Plants and During Road Construction Activities;    Tuesday, March 27 - 12:00 pm - 1:30 MST
OSHA's Silica Rule or Permissible Exposure Limit (PEL) was finalized and implemented for the construction industry in 2017. The rule goes into effect in June 2018 for general industry which includes asphalt pavement mix facilities. Learn what steps are needed to ensure compliance with the Silica Rule at asphalt mix facilities.
Learn more or to Register

Balanced Mix Design a Key Topic in Materials Circles   CAPA's Director of Pavement Engineering Mike Skinner is a member of the NCAT Reseach Applications Steering Committee.  One topic that has risen to the surface in discussions of asphalt materials is the concept of a "Balanced Mix Design"  Performance testing as well as a "balance" of rut resistance and mix durability.  Summary - Balanced Mix Design

Colorado Local Agencies: Funding & Pavement Performance   CAPA has published the 2018  Local Agency Pavement Condition and Funding Report.  The report is available on the Local Agency page on the CAPA website (along with previous years), or you can download a copy of the report here Data from 71 statewide local agencies along with industry trends are presented.  Highlights include;
  • 54,000 lane miles of asphalt managed by local agencies is captured in the survey (83% of all local roads statewide).
  • Over $247M is budgeted for asphalt and maintenance programs as part of Annual Street Improvement Programs.
  • 65% of the agencies reported increased funding for 2018.
  • The weighted statewide average for asphalt & maintenance programs is $4,588 per lane mile (up +5.6% from 2017).
  • The weighted statewide average Pavement Condition score is 68 (down from a score of 70 in 2017).
Asphalt Man
1.  How do I get an "easy"  spec to add a little asphalt content for a recreation path/bike path (very minimal vehicular traffic). Here is a link to the MGPEC Specification that can be used as a guide. CAPA has a Guide Specification for Trails and Bike Paths.   
  1. We also have a resurfacing project planned for this spring.  Based upon the observed 10 year results of previous asphalt mixes, we are specifying a PG-58-34 binder, SX gradation, and 75 design gyrations. The binder is a great choice. To comment on the gyrations I would need a bit more information,.. Is this a heavily driven road by pavement killers (Busses) or is it just passenger cars and trucks?  The next question, what is the volume of traffic on the road. Is it heavily traveled or lightly traveled?
  2. If we used the same asphalt spec as above, except change the design to be 50 gyrations, would it be beneficial? We would recommend 50 gyration mixes in all low volume roadways. If it is a moderately traveled road or you have pavement killers, 75 gyrations is a good plan.

NAPA President to Retire in January 2019  Mike Acott, NAPA President has announced that he would retire following the 2019 NAPA Annual Meeting.  Acott said, "It has been an honor to serve as NAPA's President for more than 25 years. Although driven by the challenges and opportunities facing our industry, it is the people in the asphalt industry (members, staff and partners) that have made my tenure so very special for me"
CAPA would like to congratulate Mike on his upcoming retirement and thank him for his years of leadership to NAPA and the asphalt industry.
NAPA Rolls Out Work zone Safety Training Modules 
  At World of Asphalt, NAPA in partnership with ARTBA launched its work zone safety (WZS) online training courses specific to the asphalt pavement industry. NAPA's first online WZS modules will focus on internal traffic controls, governing the movement of equipment and personnel inside the work zone. To register for the course, click here, or to receive the discount coupons contact Associate Director of Member Programs Kelly Kanaras. Pictured: NAPA Chairman Craig Parker addresses the safety luncheon crowd at World of Asphalt. 
YouTubeASPHALT on YouTube!

Jerry Meier - new inductee into the Colorado Asphalt Hall of Fame (acceptance speech video)


Making Cities Smarter and Greener  How can asphalt help save the environment? Verizon's intelligent network of sensors and cameras will give cities...

Parting Shots PartingShots
CAPA Office Visitors:  Great to have a couple of old friends stop by the CAPA Office.  Steve Peterson (left) and Steve Burnside (center) stopped by and had a laugh with Todd Ohlheiser, Executive Director 
Congratulations to CAPA Executive Director Tom Peterson's Oldest Daughter, Kimberly (pictured) who placed second in the nation at the NCAA Division II Indoor Track and Field Championships for Womens Pole Vault on Friday March 8, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Kansas.  Kimmy is a Junior at University of Souix Fall, South Dakota. 
Next Stop of her will be a run at the Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships later this spring!
CAPA Staff Family grows once again! Tom Clayton, CAPA Director of Training and Member Services, recently was made a Grandfather for the 4th time when his Daughter Nicole (Mike) gave birth to their second son, Cole Joseph Riedy on February 22, 2018. Cole, Mom Dad and Big Brother Jay are all doing great!
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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
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