WEATHER ALERT Noon Wednesday to 10:00am Thursday
The National Weather Service has implemented a Blizzard Warning for an incoming storm system that may bring blizzard conditions to the plains and Front Range including Denver and areas south to Colorado Springs and Monument Hill. Snow in the mountains will begin Wednesday morning, with rain to the east, turning to snow midday. High winds, cold temps and snow may create visibility issues with blowing and drifting conditions depending on how the storm sets up. Mountain travelers can expect chain and traction laws. Storm event is expected to leave the state late in the day on Thursday.
Every year more than 700 people are killed in roadway work zones. Construction companies are dedicated to ensuring the safety of their workers and the driving public. Roadway work zones use a variety of warning systems, barriers, and other traffic controls to make certain drivers and work zones stay separated, but it just takes a moment of distraction for an accident to happen and for lives to be changed forever. Click here to Learn More about the Work Zone safety Initiative "Watch for Us" 
Volume 14, Number 05                                      April 10,  2019
Table of Conte nts  Contents 
workzoneNational Work Zone Awareness Week 2019
April (8th - 12th) kicks off National Work Zone Awareness Week 2019 (NWZAW). Please help the asphalt industry by sharing the Watch For Us national public awareness campaign with your network. 

More than 500 people gathered in Eagle to say goodbye to Eric Hill, the  CDOT employee who was killed on the job.   The Vail Daily  reports  that 51-year-old Eric Hill, who served in the U.S. Air Force and Gypsum Fire Department after growing up in the area, was remembered as loving husband, father and grandfather during Saturday's service. His wife Cissy and parents Rick and Cathy Hill were presented with flags from representatives of the fire and transportation departments. Many of the mourners wore military and emergency service uniforms. See More   
Awards_Dinner25th Annual "Best in Colorado" Asphalt Awards 
The 2018 "Best in Colorado" Asphalt Award winning projects have been posted on the CAPA website. The CDOT Smoothest Asphalt Pavement Awards and Quality in Production Awards are also posted.  You can see what projects were recognized and who was present to accept the awards on February 27th. The Dinner Program is also available for viewing and download from the CAPA Website.    The award winners are also featured in the Spring 2019 CAPA news magazine "The Road Ahead

Mark your calendars: Nominations for 2019 projects are due by October 25, 2019
The Annual CAPA sponsored Airport & Asphalt Pavement Meeting was held on March 27 at the Rocky Mt. Regional Airport.  
We thank  our partners the FAA -Denver ADO, CDOT Division of Aeronautics, and the Co lorado Airport Operators Association.  Also, a big thank you to lunch sponsor Alfred Benesch & Co. and presenters Bill Epp and Brett Holt.  Handouts and presentations from the meeting are posted on the CAPA website.
Spring All Member Meeting - Women of Asphalt - May 17 The CAPA Spring All Member Meeting will be held on 11:30am - 1:30pm, Friday, May 17, at the CAPA offices, (RMAEC Training Room). The Meeting will focus on "The Women of Asphalt". which is a  national coalition which supports women in all aspects of the asphalt industry through mentoring, education, and advocacy, and by encouraging women to seek careers in the asphalt industry. What is the story behind the Women of Asphalt? Engineering, science and construction have historically been male-dominated industries. Over the past few years, there's been an increase in the number of women moving into these fields. The asphalt industry is no exception. In her role as National Director for the Asphalt Pavement Alliance, Amy Miller works with a variety of people within the industry. In 2017, she discussed the idea of the Women of Asphalt with several other industry ladies, who were all extremely receptive and felt that this could help our industry in a variety of ways - encouragement, support, workforce development and education. With that in mind, they formed Women of Asphalt, a coalition to lead and inspire women in the asphalt industry.   CAPA will feature the  "Women of Asphalt"  at our May 17th All Member meeting.  To attend or see more, use this link  
electionupdate Local Agency Mid-Year Election Update
City of Glenwood Springs.  There are 43 miles of city streets owned and managed by the City of Glenwood Springs and more than half need to be totally reconstructed, not just repaired.   Issue A was a sales tax measure to raise the revenue to reconstruct and overhaul a majority of the deteriorating roadway.  The total cost, including utilities and factoring for inflation is approximately $56 million.   The Glenwood Springs City Council unanimously approved a sales tax ordinance (increase 3/4 a cent for no longer than twenty years) that was submitted to voters on the April 2, 2019 election. Fix Our Streets was a citizen's committee advocating for voter approval to fix Glenwood's streets. Unfortunately, Ballot Issue A failed by a 60 percent to 40 percent margin.  So the City has a continued challenge to find resources to maintain their ailing infrastructure.

City of Fort Collins Since 2011, the Keep Fort Collins Great Tax (KFCG has funded both basic operations and other community priorities. The tax was sold on the basis of keeping city government services intact through the crisis. So far, over the first 8 years of this tax, $188M has been spent. The largest distribution (50%) has been spent on Streets and Transportation.  Over the past 15 years, revenue to city government has grown by 35%, while population growth was a comparable 33%. By a 20% margin, voters approved a total 0.85 percent sales tax to   replace the expiring Keep Fort Collins Great sales tax .  More Info  contact CAPA's Mike Skinner.

Congratulations to Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers on his reelection.  It was great visiting with him and industry leaders on March 21.
Industry-NewsIndustry News 
Fort Morgan Airport - Reconstruct Aircraft Parking Apron  -    The Mandatory Pre-Bid Conference scheduled for April 10, 2019 at 1:30 PM has been postponed and will be rescheduled at a later date.   When rescheduled it will be held at the Fort Morgan Municipal Airport (23101 Hwy 52, Fort Morgan, CO 80701). A site visit will follow the meeting. All bidders are advised to examine the site to become familiar with all site conditions.  M ore Info:  CAPA's  Mike Skinner .
Lab Corner: Fries that bind   The concept of "balanced mix design" isn't really new, but it is seeing a rebirth. From a materials perspective, we know that we need a mix to have good strength to resist rutting, but we also need it to have good flexibility to resist cracking. Full story
A feature is the Spring 2019 CAPA insert of The Road Ahead
3 Contractors Shortlisted for
Jefferson Parkway Public Highway Authority PRESS RELEASE.  A draft RFP will be issued to the 3 shortlisted contractors.  A selection of a contractor is expected in September, 2019 
AIF Spring Close Out MeetingWednesday, May 10  NOTE: Changed to Conference Call Due to Expected Poor Weather conditions on April 10.      The AIF Meeting planned for Wednesday, May 10 at 1pm has been changed to a conference call due to the expected winter like conditions and road advisories being issued in portions of the Denver metro area.   The Meeting Agenda   and  notes from the February Meeting  have been distributed and call instructions are available from Tom Clayton.  This conference call is open to all CAPA Members and CDOT employees.    
Board of Directors Meet with Region 2 Leadership:
  The CAPA Board of Directors held its Spring meeting in Pueblo on April 4-5.   Included in the meeting was a briefing on upcoming projects from Region 2.  We thank Karen Rowe - Regional Transportation Director, Mark Andrew - North Program Engineer, Jody Pieper - Regional Materials Engineer.  Region 2 Planned 2020 Asphalt Projects
Roadway Smoothness Data:  HMA vs. PCCP   Summary of the pavement smoothness data from 2005 to 2018.  HRI has all been converted to MRI.   C-470 data for accepted lanes has been added.  HMA does not include Category 4 in the averages.  The graph shows the 5 year weighted (by lane miles) average instead of the individual year results.  Eric Prieve, PE; Material & Geotechnical Branch, 
Smoothness Operator & Equipment Verification dates set. 
The CDOT profiler operator class and certification will be scheduled for Monday May 6th and will be conducted every year.  The class/certification process will take all day and will involve a class presentation followed by a multiple choice test.   At the cert site the operators that are looking to have their equipment certified will be required to perform the CP-78 cert runs within the repeatability and accuracy parameters.  The HSP equipment will be evaluated for certification on Tuesday May 7th and lightweight equipment on Wednesday May 8th; weather depending. More Info:  Val Niculae at CDOT
RMAEC Asphalt WebinarsWebinars
Upcoming Webinar:  Wide Crack Repair Options - An Agency Approach - April 25 @ 11:30am. This session will present information on the process created by Arapahoe County Public Works and traditional repair methods as  Arapahoe County is battling the wide crack epidemicFeaturing Allen Peterson, Arapahoe County and Dan Stephens, Vance Brothers   To register or to see upcoming webinars,  Use this link.
New to the RMAEC Webinar Library:

Workforce Development: Attracting and Retaining employee
Featuring Joellen Sarmast, Burns Marketing
Question:  Our City is planning an upcoming capital improvement project and wondering if contractors prefer a straight milling and paving project to a larger project with all of the roadway improvements like drainage, signals, etc. included as a larger project? 
Answer:  Generally, paving contractors prefer "clean" paving contracts that are primarily focused on milling and paving when it comes to municipal projects.  However, often agencies are forced into having all of the improvements included into one larger project.  This changes a "paving project" into a roadway project.  Contractors can do both, but the more "other" work required may change the bidding dynamic to where the asphalt paving contractor becomes a subcontractor to a general contractor.  The general contractor will naturally mark up the paving costs and will control and direct the schedule of work.   If you have a project that has a lot of sidewalk upgrades, signal upgrades, bridgework along with the milling and paving, it is often more cost effective to split that up into multiple projects for each trade to eliminate some of the oversight and managerial costs.
NAPA needs asphalt mix producers' help in benchmarking the industry's sustainable practices. The 2018 Recycled Materials & WMA Survey closes April 1, and more participation is needed to successfully develop national estimates and to report state-level data. As of Mar. 12, 2019, Colorado only had a couple of responses.  Yellow (less than three companies responding).   
The survey is confidential to ensure the report contains the most accurate data about the industry's sustainability efforts. Click here to view past survey findings and to better understand how it helps identify industry trends.
NAPA is excited to announce that the first environmental product declarations (EPDs)
for asphalt mixtures have been published on the Emerald Eco-Label EPD website.   EPDs created using the Emerald Eco-Label tool publicly disclose the environmental impacts associated with producing 1 short ton of asphalt mixture. Project owners who want to obtain credits under LEED v4 and other green rating systems are using published EPDs to identify preferred contractors. Click here to learn more about EPDs and how to secure access to the Emerald Eco-Label tool.  
Perpetual Pavements: How to Design a Road to Last | Asphalt Pavement Alliance. Drivability matters. From safety and sustainability to noise and smoothness, asphalt pavement... More 
Training and Education Training
The 2019 LabCAT to visit Grand Junction. Labcat will be on the road A pril 15 to 19. Monday April 15 will be Inspector Training and Certification followed by LabCAT levels A, B, C, and E for the rest of the week. To find out more or to register, click here!
A huge benefit of the LabCAT Certification Program is seeing old friends at least once every three years!  As shown here, Andrea Hebard, CDOT Region 1 and Chuck Smith CDOT Region 2.
Asphalt Lunch & Learns/Short Courses - available upon request by members.  Asphalt Training that comes to you!  When you want it, where you want it, and how you want it.  Attached are the promotional flyers on each type of training.  Great for new employees and those wishing for a refresher.  Learn more!
The 2019 RMAEC Webinar Schedule Published.  The subjects are varied and diverse. See the entire 2019 line up by clicking here. You can register for any or all of the webinar session on the page you will be directed to by clicking the link above. 
The NEXT Introduction to Process Control/Owner Acceptance (PC/OA) Asphalt Testing Education Course for 2019  will be held on June 4 to 7.   Attendee's can attend 1 day or stay all 4 depending on the level of instruction desired.  This course is great for new employees or those interested in cross-training or a refresher.   Lead Instructor:  Cindy Rutkoski   See all of the 2019 Intro to PC/OA Course dates
Parting Shots PartingShots
REGISTER TODAY TO PLAY IN THE Colorado Barricade Fund Raiser As part of Workzone Safety week. T he 4th annual Charity Poker tournament. a fundraiser for the "Workzone Safety and Support Fund" on Friday Evening April 12, 2019 from 5 until 10 pm. The event will be at the Colorado Barricade Offices, 2295 South Lipan Street, Denver, CO 80223.   More Info/RSVP:  Erin Spicer  or call 303-922-7815.  
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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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