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APAM News Volume 11 Issue 5

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 Volume 11, Issue 5                                    October 20, 2016
In This Issue
APAM Happenings

awards Thursday, December 8, 2016 and plan to attend the Holiday Banquet and Awards Presentation at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center in East Lansing.

February 15-16, 2017 at the FireKeepers Casino in Battle Creek, Michigan for the APAM Annual Asphalt Paving Conference.
Roads Innovation Task Force Report Revised

The Roads Innovation Task Force Report, revised September 8, 2016, has been posted on the MDOT website.  Click here to view

The Questions and Comment section of the Report now contains a document, (pages. xxii - xxvii), which provides details regarding the 30 and 50-year pavement demonstration projects. Click here to view.  

Two 30-year design projects (1 asphalt, 1 concrete) will be constructed in the Grand Region in 2017. Two 50-year design projects (1 asphalt, 1 concrete) will be constructed in the Bay Region in 2018. The document lists the specific project locations and provides details of the design standards, and other construction related changes, that will be incorporated in these demo projects.

The document also identifies "enhancements" for both pavement types which will be implemented on applicable 2017 projects.

The HMA enhancements are:
  1. Increased mat density to 92.5% - (included in the recent revision of the PWL special provision)
  2. Increased use of Material Transfer Devices - (special provision to be updated soon)
  3. Begin checking specific gravity in 2017 with implementation as a quality assurance check in 2018 - (included in the recent revision of the PWL special provision)
  4. Longitudinal Joint enhancement by piloting 4 enhancements per the recommendation of the HMA Construction subcommittee - (pilot project(s) currently being identified and committee drafting appropriate special provision.)

MDOT Publishes Updated PWL Special Provisions

MDOT has revised the PWL specification for use on all projects next season. 
Major highlights of the changes include; changes to vibratory exclusion areas, aggregate bulk specific gravity testing, and changes to the specification limits.
Click here for a detailed listing of the changes, as well as a marked up version of the PWL specification. 

These changes have been reviewed by the HMAOC Technical Committee. The changes to the specification limits are based on an analysis of the 2015 test results done by the Data Analysis Committee.

The new PWL specifications, 12SP501U (regular PWL) and 12SP501V (PWL for CPM), can be viewed by clicking on the spec.

These newly revised specifications are effective for projects beginning with the October 7th letting.

Other Recent Special Provision Updates

The following 2012 FUSP has been added:

12SP-812X-01 PAYMENT OF TEMPORARY TRAFFIC CONTROL DEVICES - Use in all trunkline projects. This FUSP is optional for Local Agency projects.

Effective October 7 letting

The following 2012 FUSPs have been replaced:

12SP-208C-03 EROSION CONTROL, INLET PROTECTION, FABRIC DROP - Use in all projects containing the pay item Erosion Control, Inlet Protection, Fabric Drop.

12SP-811N-02 WITNESS, LOG AND LAYOUT OF PERMANENT PAVEMENT MARKINGS - Use in all projects that have the pay item Witness, Log, Layout, $1000.00.

These new and revised FUSPs will take effect for the December 2, 2016 letting.

MDOT's Randy Van Portfliet Announces Retirement

Randy Van Portfliet, MDOT's deputy chief engineer, bureau director of Field Services, and Superior Region engineer, recently announced his plans to retire at the end of this year.  
Click here to view the news release. 

APAM wishes Randy all the best in his retirement and thanks him for his many years of open communication and partnering efforts between the association and MDOT.

Uniform Price Adjustments for Paint Substitution Posted

In the fall of each year field staff is to process a uniform price adjustment when regular dry or low temperature paint is substituted for waterborne paint due to seasonal limitations.  The 2016 uniform price adjustment values for regular dry paint and low temperature waterborne paint have been negotiated between Construction Field Services and industry and have been posted in the MDOT Construction Manual in Division 8, Section 811, under the Measurement and Payment heading.  Click here to view that section.

Materials Quality Assurance Procedures Manual and Materials Source Guide Updated

The new version of the Materials Quality Assurance Procedures Manual (MQAP) and Materials Source Guide (MSG) have been approved through the Construction Manual Update (CMU) process. The revised versions of these documents were recently posted on the CFS webpage and can be viewed here.

Subsection 12 of Section 105 of the MDOT Wiki Construction Manual contains a summary of changes or you can click here to view. 

Engineering Operations Committee Minutes

The August 4, 2016 EOC Minutes include the following items and more:

Item 3. Design - Build Procurement Method
Three projects approved include Reconstruction 6 miles of M-54, Flint, and Reconstruction of US -2 near Iron Mountain

Item 3. (new business). - Pavement Selection: M-59, Macomb County
EOC approved the selection of Hot Mix Asphalt Pavement alternative.

MDOT System Operations Advisories

The following SOA's were recently posted:

SOA 2016 -004 - Drum and 42" Channelizing Device Quality Compliance Process

A new FUSP 12SP-812X-01 Payment of Temporary Traffic Control Devices has been added to all projects starting with the Oct 7th 2016 letting. The FUSP changes the way damaged drums and 42" channelizing devices are paid for, as described in the standard specifications.

This advisory will highlight the changes and provide additional pictures and guidance.

SOA 2016 -003 - WZD-100-A Ground Driven Sign Supports for Temp Signs Update

Asphalt Your Best Value
View this video to see why Asphalt is your best value when it comes to smoothness.

Diamond Commendation Deadline Oct. 31 

Receive national recognition for best practices at your plant or terminal site, the quality of mix produced at your facility, and your laydown operations. Diamond Commendations provide a competitive edge and a pathway to improve operations to save money, increase safety, and produce a better product. For more information, visit If you have questions, contact Associate Director of Member Programs Kelly Kanaras.

Silica Rule Webinar Available

An on-demand version of NAPA's recent webinar discussing compliance with OSHA's new silica rule for the construction industry is now available. It can be downloaded from the NAPA store for free. Included in the hour-long recorded webinar is an insightful Q&A discussion. NAPA's interim guidance for complying with the new silica rule can also be accessed here. NAPA is working with members and other stakeholders to develop additional guidance on complying with the rule's specific compliance requirements, especially as they relate to roadway milling and brooming operations. 

Asphalt Pavement Magazine

The latest edition of Asphalt Pavement magazine is now available to read online.

Features include innovative pavement research, lessons learned from other indust
ries that can be applied to pavement design, freight innovations in the FAST Act, the fourth in a series of articles on "Creating a Sustainability Program," and in the "Chairman's Commentary" NAPA Chairman Kevin Kelly focuses on highlights from the PEC, Go to Market, and APA activities. 

Click here to read the September/October 2016 issue of Asphalt Pavement.

NAPA Upcoming FREE Webinars 

Click here for more information and to register for these webinars. 

Tools -- Green Rating Systems for Parking Lots and Neighborhood Developments - LEED and Green Globes
November 1, 2:00 p.m. EDT

Increasingly, green rating systems are influencing who gets the job and what products are used. Learn about the latest revisions to LEED and Green Globes, and how sustainable asphalt technologies and construction practices can earn credits.

Tools -- Green Rating Systems for Roads - Envision and Greenroads
November 16, 2:00 p.m. EST

Road owners and agencies are using green rating systems as a metric to report the sustainability of their own operations. Learn the newest revisions to Envision and Greenroads, and what sustainable asphalt technologies and construction practices can achieve credits.

PaveXpress Version 3.0
New Linear Elastic Analysis and Costing Module
November 4, 2:00 p.m. EDT
November 29, 2:00 p.m. EST

PaveXpress allows users to design new pavement structures as well as calculate asphalt overlay thickness for rehabilitation and maintenance projects. Version 3.0 allows users analyze pavement structures designed with PaveXpress or input manually to determine traffic repetitions to failure, based on mechanistic principles. This new layered elastic design module will assist with determining if pavements are over- or under-designed. In addition, a costing module has been added to PaveXpress 3.0, allowing users to estimate material costs for a given design. The free, web-based tool also features and improved user experience and design for smaller screens, such as smartphones.

NAPA Webinars are FREE to NAPA members, public agencies, and academia.
Mills Continues Service on MSU CEE Advisory Board

Chuck Mills, APAM's Director of Engineering, has recently completed his term as Chairperson of the Michigan State University Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering (CEE) Professional Advisory Board. The 12-member Board is a volunteer group of business and engineering professionals which provides advice and guidance to the department with the goal of keeping the CEE programs and activities relevant to the profession. They also assist with lectures in the capstone senior design class with class components related to professionalism, ethics, management and similar topics.

Chuck will continue to serve on the Board. Congratulations Chuck and thank you for your service to the MSU CEE program.

Upcoming Training
Ferris State Univeristy - Institute for Construction Education and Training (ICET)

Enrollment for 2017 training courses is now open
ICET currently offers technician training programs in cooperation with the Michigan Department of Transportation for the following certification programs:

Certified Aggregate Technician Level One - Location:  Big Rapids, Lansing, Detroit 
Certified Aggregated Technician Level Two - Location: Big Rapids
Certified Hot Mix Asphalt Lab Technician Level One - Location:  Big Rapids
Certified Density Control Technician - Location: Big Rapids, Lansing, Detroit, Houghton
Certified Hot Mix Asphalt Paving Operations Technician - Location: Big Rapids
Certified Hot Mix Asphalt QC/QA Technician - Location:  Big Rapids, Lansing
Underground Pipe Installation and Inspection - Location All Seven MDOT Regions

For complete information click here.

Classes for the 2017 season are now open for registration.  Click here.

2017 MDOT Certification Training for Superpave Asphalt Mix Designers Course

This certification is required for Mix Designers who submit MDOT designs.

Date:  March 13-16, 2017
Location:  Horatio S. Earle Learning Center
7575 Crowner Dr.
Dimondale, MI 

For Flyer and registration information, click here
Upcoming Conference
7th Rubber Modified Asphalt Conference in Ann Arbor

The 7th Rubber Modified Asphalt Conference will be held on November 2-3 in Ann Arbor. The conference agenda highlights current experiences and new research on rubber-modified asphalt pavements.

For more information and to register, click here.
Upcoming Events
APAM Annual Holiday Banquet and Presentation of the Asphalt Paving Awards, December 8, 2016, Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center, East Lansing, MI

NAPA Annual Meeting, January 29-February 1, 2017. Hilton Bonnet Creek, Orlando, FL 

APAM 61st Asphalt Paving Conference, February 15-16, 2017, FireKeepers Casino, Battle Creek, Michigan.


ConExpo/ConAgg, March 7-11, 2017, LasVegas, NV

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