From The APAM Staff, we wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
The APAM Office will be closed Monday, December 26 and reopen on Tuesday, January 2, 2017.
APAM Celebrates 40 Years of Award Winning Teams
On December 8th, the association hosted its annual Holiday Banquet and the presentation of the APAM/MDOT Asphalt Paving Awards, at the Kellogg Center on the campus of Michigan State University. It was very festive night as we celebrated our 40th anniversary of the Asphalt Paving Awards Program.
Over 220 people attended and enjoyed the festivities including representatives from MDOT, APAM members, local agencies, county road commissions and consultants. The evening was filled with cold beverages and great conversation as industry partners celebrated the upcoming Holiday Season and the honored award winning teams.
The evening's program began with Executive Director John Becsey welcoming the attendees.
APAM President Gregg Campbell (Michigan Paving & Materials Co.) introduced special guests and offered remarks on the Awards Program.
John Becsey introduced MDOT's, Randy Van Portfliet, Director, Bureau of Field Services & Superior Region Engineer and presented him with a special plaque honoring his retirement and for his many years of
partnering with the Asphalt Industry.
Mr. Van Portfliet offered remarks on the importance of MDOT's partnership with the industry and thanked the many dedicated MDOT employees that he worked with during his almost 40 year career.
Dave Cowper, Ajax Paving Industries, presented a check to Ben Kohler, APAM Scholarship Recipient. Also winning an APAM Scholarship was Justin Daavatila, Michigan Tech, who was unable to be with us due to final exams.
L: Ben Kohler R: Dave Cowper
Mr. Cowper also stressed the importance of encouraging more students to apply for these scholarships.
Chuck Mills presented Bill Mayhew, Mt. Pleasant TSC Manager with the 2015 Perpetual Pavement Award from The Asphalt Pavement Alliance for a section of M-20 in Isabella County, in the Bay Region.
To complete the festivities, Chuck Mills, APAM Director of Engineering (pictured left) announced the winners of the 2016 APAM/MDOT Asphalt Paving Awards as the plaques were presented by MDOT's Randy Van Portfliet and APAM President Gregg Campbell.
In 2016, 64 projects were evaluated in 10 different award categories. The judging committee visited each of the nominated projects, traveling 4,455 miles in 11 days. Each project was rated on a scale of 1-10 in the following areas: Appearance, ride, texture, uniformity, longitudinal and transverse joints, edges, utility cover adjustments and degree of difficulty. We awarded 20 projects in 2016.
Congratulations to all the award winning teams!Clickto view list.
2017 Officers and Directors Elected
The Election was held at the Annual Meeting of the Members on December 8, 2016. The following will serve as Officers and Directors for 2017.
Gregg Campbell, Michigan Paving & Materials - President
Aaron White, Central Asphalt, Inc. - Vice President
Jason Reinhardt, Ace-Saginaw Paving Co., Secretary
Mark Johnston, Ajax Paving Industries - Treasurer
Gery Hartmann, Payne & Dolan, Inc. - Director
Vance Johnson, Central Asphalt, Inc. - Director
Pete Capon, Rieth-Riley Construction - Director
Andy Maioho, Superior Asphalt, Inc. - Director
Aaron Price, Cadillac Asphalt, LLC - Director
Chad Loney, Rieth-Riley Construction - Immediate Past President will serve as Chairman of the Board.
Congratulations and thank you for your serve to the industry. The new term begins on January 9, 2017.
2017 Paving Conference Info!
Plans are being finalized. Conference forms can be found on the APAM website under "Events and Happenings"! Click links below for these forms:
The conference dates are February 15-16, 2017 at the FireKeepers Casino & Hotel Battle Creek, Michigan.
Our Keynote address "Vision Mindset Grit - Stand Up to Your Challenges" will be presented by Scott Burrows on
Scott is living proof your life can change in an instant. By the age of 19, he was playing football for Florida State University and a top-ranked kick-boxing champion. On November 3, 1984, he was involved in a serious automobile accident that left him paralyzed from the chest down and diagnosed a quadriplegic.
Despite his grim prognosis, Scott refused to be sidelined. With singular focus, he boosted his recovery by using the innovative principles of Vision, Mindset and Grit. Employing his paralysis as a visual metaphor, Scott encourages audiences worldwide to stand up to their challenges-regardless of circumstances. You won't want to miss his presentation!
MDOT Wins Third Perpetual Pavement Award
Since 2001, the APA's Perpetual Pavement Award has recognized asphalt pavements that have stood the test of time. The purpose of the Perpetual Pavement Award is to honor agencies that have had the foresight to design and build asphalt pavements which have long life, are cost effective, and provide the comfort and convenience that the traveling public expects.
The Asphalt Pavement Alliance (APA) announced earlier this year that the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) has won a 2015 Perpetual Pavement Award for a section of M-20 in Isabella County. This is Michigan's third Perpetual Pavement Award.
Michigan's award-winning pavement is a 9-mile section of M-20 that runs from the Isabella/Mecosta County Line to Winn Road.
Forty-One years ago, the road was built in 1975 with an 18-inch sand subbase and an 11-inch aggregate base layer. This was topped by an HMA binder course and an HMA surface course, for a total of 2.75 inches.
Over the last 40 years, the main roadway has received only preventive maintenance treatments including a 3/4 inch HMA ultra-thin overlay. Also, two small sections were resurfaced in conjunction with the construction of passing / truck and turning lanes.
MDOT received an engraved crystal obelisk and will have its name added to a permanent plaque that is kept at NCAT, in Auburn, Alabama.
The crystal obelisk is engraved with the following inscription: "This award honors asphalt pavements that were designed and built with outstanding care and exceptional quality. The result is a long-lasting pavement, one that serves the traveling public well, provides true value to the taxpayers and demonstrates both the convenience and quality of asphalt pavement."
To qualify for this prestigious award, a pavement must be at least 35 years old and meet the following strict quality criteria:
* Never had a structural failure
* Has never has an overlay more than 4" thick
* Has been resurfaced no more frequently than 13 years on average.
Engineers at the National Center for Asphalt Technology (NCAT) evaluate the nominations and a panel of industry experts validated the winners.
The Asphalt Pavement Alliance is a partnership between the National Asphalt Pavement Association, the Asphalt Institute and the State Asphalt Pavement Associations.
Congratulations to MDOT on winning their third award!
MDOT Announces New Appointments
MDOT selects Avery as Director of Bureau Field Services
MDOT has selected Kimberly Avery as the new director of Bureau of Field Services. In her new position, Avery will be responsible for overseeing MDOT's statewide maintenance, construction, bridge management, pavement, research program, and safety and security operations.
A Valparaiso University graduate with a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering, Avery has 25 years of experience at MDOT, most recently as Southwest Region engineer. Her previous MDOT positions include deputy Metro Region engineer, Taylor TSC manager, Project Development engineer manager, and Region Association Development engineer manager.
MDOT has named Aaron Johnson as Superior Region engineer. Johnson will succeed Randy Van Portfliet, who is retiring Dec. 31 after nearly 40 years at MDOT.
As MDOT's top administrator in the region, Johnson will be responsible for more than 1,900 miles of state trunkline in all 15 Upper Peninsula counties, 187 employees, a capital improvement program of approximately $50 million, and an annual maintenance budget of more than $33 million.
A Bruce Crossing native, Johnson is a graduate of Michigan Technological University and has 18 years of experience at MDOT, most recently as manager of the Ishpeming Transportation Service Center (TSC).
MDOT has selected Demetrius "Dee" Parker to succeed Kimberly Avery as the new MDOT Southwest Region engineer.
As the Southwest Region engineer, Parker will be responsible for more than 1,200 miles of state trunkline in seven southwest Michigan counties (Berrien, Branch, Calhoun, Cass, Kalamazoo, St. Joseph, and Van Buren), more than 280 employees, a capital program of approximately $100 million, and an annual maintenance budget of $34 million.
Parker has a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from Michigan State University and most recently served as the MDOT Contract Services Division administrator.
Congratulation to Kim, Aaron and Dee on being selected to fill these positions.
Recent Special Provision Updates
The following 2012 FUSPs have been replaced:
12SP-501CC-03 HOT MIX ASPHALT MATERIAL TRANSFER DEVICE - Use in all limited access trunkline rehabilitation and reconstruction projects with a single mixture quantity above 7,500 tons other than gap graded superpave. Use in all rehabilitation and reconstruction and CPM projects utilizing Gap Graded Superpave mixtures with a single mixture quantity above 5,000 tons. Use on shoulders paved in a separate operation with inadequate base conditions identified on the plans and more than 5000 tons of HMA for an individual paving course.
The new Material Transfer Device special provision, 501CC-03 will be effective with the February 3, 2017 letting. The revised MTD SP lowers the usage requirement threshold from 10,000 tons of a mixture to 7,500 tons and lowers the threshold to 5,000 tons for GGSP mixes.
The following 2012 FUSP has been added:
12SP-105B-01 TEMPORARY TRAFFIC CONTROL MATERIALS - Use in all trunkline projects. This FUSP is optional for Local Agency Projects.
Revised criteria for selecting projects for alternate bidding have been approved including:
* Only projects in Limited Access Right of Way or Controlled Access Freeways will be eligible with a maximum of two access points per mile. Access points are defined as any roadway, interchange or driveway.
* The project fix type must be either a complete reconstruction or a major rehabilitation (separated concrete overlay or hot mixed asphalt (HMA) over rubblized concrete).
* Estimated construction costs must exceed $15,000,000 dollars with road work amounting to at least 50% of the project's estimated cost.
* The life cycle costs of the two pavement design alternates must be within 5% to be considered for alternate bid on Design-Bid-Build projects, and 10% for Design-Build (DB) projects.
See the minutes for a complete, detailed listing of all of the criteria.
Item 3. - Non-Freeway APB
Route: US-131, Broadway Road to Coon Hollow Road in St. Joseph County
Letting Date: November 2017
MDOT will be letting a non-freeway pilot APB project. The project scope includes 1.169 miles of reconstruction to a boulevard section with two (2) lanes in each direction and indirect left turn lanes.
Road noise is a problem for drivers and for those who live, work, or play near a roadway. Smooth, easy-to-maintain asphalt pavements can help reduce road noise at the point where the tire meets the road.
More and more public agencies and private owners are looking to quantify the sustainability of their projects so they can share that information with their customers. Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) disclose the life-cycle environmental impact of a product.
Learn more about the benefits of EPDs and why they are important, what is happening in the state of Louisiana with EPDs, and about NAPA's new EPD tool, the Emerald Eco-Label.
Click here for information and to register for NAPA Upcoming Webinars.
21st Century Infrastructure Commission Report Recently Released
The report was produced by Gov. Snyder's 21st Century Infrastructure Commission, which was formed to develop a road map for assessing and improving the state's infrastructure systems, including roads, bridges, water lines, energy and communications.
The report states that "Michigan's Infrastructure investment gap exceeds $60 billion over the next 20 years with an annual investment gap of nearly $4 billion." On a forecasted annual basis, the report estimates there's an investment gap of $2.7 billion in transportation infrastructure, $1 billion in water, and $70 million in communications.
The report also provides what was described as a menu of options of funding to take care of the combined $4 billion in annual spending that is needed.