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APAM News May 31, 2017 Issue

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 Volume 12, Issue 2                                    May 31, 2017
In This Issue
APAM Happenings
APAM 11th Annual Scholarship Golf Outing

Bucks Run GC Join us on Wednesday, August 16, 2017 for fun at Buck's Run Golf Club, 1559 S. Chippewa Road, Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858 for APAM's 11th Annual Scholarship Fund Golf Outing! We are seeking donations for our "Goody Bags" so if you have miscellaneous items that include your company's logo and would be appropriate for the golf bags, please contact us!  We count on your participation and look forward to seeing you there. Click to register.

Save The Date
Our 62nd Annual Asphalt Paving Conference, will be held on February 27-28, 2018 at The FireKeepers Casino Hotel, Battle Creek, Michigan.  
MDOT Issues New Cold - Milling Special Provision 


This new special provision includes the following:

A more descriptive equipment requirements section for cold - milling machines including automatic grade controls.

New Requirements for a Cold-Milling Quality Control (QC) Plan and a Cold-Milling Operations Plan.

Surface texture requirements for the milled surface as measured by ASTM E 965 (maximum mean texture depth).

Effective with the July 2017 letting, this special provision will be used on all MDOT trunkline projects that have the pay item cold milling HMA surface.

This special provision was the result of a cooperative effort between MDOT and APAM. The goal is to provide a consistently uniform milled surface and to improve project level communications regarding the milling operations. 

Thanks to the HMAOC Construction Committee for their work on this SP.

Special Provision for Fine Texture Milling Available for Use

Last year two MDOT pilot projects were conducted to evaluate a proposed fine texture milling SP which allows the milled surface to be exposed to traffic for a maximum of 72 hours before the asphalt overlay must be placed. Both projects (M-99 and M-43 in Hillsdale County) were successful and resulted in improved paving efficiency.

The SPECIAL PROVISION FOR FINE TEXTURE PAVEMENT MILLING- 12DS501 is now available for use on MDOT Non-freeway mill and overlay projects. Contractors are encouraged to work with MDOT region personnel to identify appropriate projects where this SP may be used.

Use statement:

"Consider for use on one course, non-freeway mill and resurface projects where the integrity of the existing pavement makes it suitable to allow traffic to be maintained on a milled surface for up to 72 hours and where it is desirable to expedite the project schedule and/or increase production paving."

A few of the requirements in the SP are:

The milling machine must be configured with either a 0.3 inch tooth spacing, a 0.6 inch tooth spacing operated at a maximum speed of 40 feet per minute, or approved equal configuration and speed capable of meeting ASTM E 965 testing requirements.

The milling operation cannot proceed more than 5 miles ahead of the paving operation. Coordinate milling and paving operations to minimize the exposure to traffic. The milled surface may be exposed to traffic for a maximum of 72 hours.

The milling operation must provide an acceptable surface texture by achieving a maximum Macro texture of 0.08 inches thickness according to ASTM E 965.

Click here to view the Special Provision:

Thanks to the HMAOC Construction Committee for their work in monitoring the pilot projects and drafting this SP.

Other Special Provisions Updated: 

The following 2012 FUSP has been deleted: 


The following 2012 FUSPs have been added: 

12SP-108E-01 CRITICAL PATH METHOD SCHEDULE - Use in projects in which the progress clause requires a Critical Path Method schedule. Do not use in local agency projects unless requested by the local agency.

12SP-803B-01 CURB RAMP OPENING, CONCRETE - Use in all projects with sidewalk ramp curb openings.

12SP-812Y-01 TEMPORARY SPECIAL PAVEMENT MARKINGS (TRANSVERSE, LEGEND, AND SYMBOL) - Use in all projects with Temporary Special Markings.

All of these FUSPs changes will take effect with the July 2017 letting.

Engineering Operations Committee Minutes

April 6, 2017 EOC Minutes

Agenda items included: 

Approval to utilize a Construction Manager/General Contractor (CMGC) procurement method for the several projects and also Fixed Price Variable Scope procurement for several projects.
Pavement Type Selection:

Route/Location: I-75 Business Spur, I-75 to North/10th Avenue, Chippewa County
Letting date - February 2018, HMA reconstruction selected.

NAPA Launches Emerald Eco-Label EPD Tool

NAPA's new Emerald Eco-Label tool provides a user-friendly, inexpensive way for contractors to create on-demand environmental product declarations (EPDs). EPDs quantify the environmental impact of an asphalt mix, much like a nutrition label provides information on a food. To learn more about what an EPD is, watch this video. To ensure the credibility and accuracy of EPDs generated with the Emerald Eco-Label tool, each company's primary/technical contact for the program is required to view two training webinars and pass a test before gaining access to the tool. For more information about Emerald Eco-Label, visit To access the tool directly, click here

OSHA Delays Enforcement of Sililca Rule

On Apr. 6, OSHA announced a three-month delay in enforcement of its Silica Rule for the construction industry. The delay does not affect the June 23 compliance date, but OSHA will not enforce the rule's provisions until Sept. 23. The agency stated that the delay was necessary to provide additional guidance and educational materials to the industry. "OSHA expects employers in the construction industry to continue to take steps either to come into compliance with the new permissible exposure limit, or to implement specific dust controls for certain operations, as provided in Table 1 of the standard. Construction employers should also continue to prepare to implement the standard's other requirements, including exposure assessment, medical surveillance, and employee training," according to the announcement. For more information to help in complying with the rule, visit NAPA's Silica Rule webpage.

RAP Emissions White Paper

NAPA recently updated its special report "RAP: Stockpile Emissions and Leachate" (SR 190). As communities and increasingly regulatory agencies look at potential impacts associated with RAP stockpiles, the publication provides credible scientific information that underscores the inert nature of RAP. A companion report "RAP as a Clean Fill Material" (SR 204) provides additional information to assist regulatory agencies in understanding how RAP maybe used as a clean fill material. NAPA's recent survey on the use of recycled materials and warm mix estimated that more than 85 million tons of RAP was stockpiled across the country at the end of 2015.

NAPA Live and On-Demand Webinars Free to Members, Government

NAPA's webinar program is a great way to gain critical information and skills to improve your operations. On-demand and live webinars are available, and attendees can earn professional development hours (PDHs). For details, visit

Upcoming Webinars:

Asphalt Pavement Magazine

The digital edition of Asphalt Pavement Magazine - May/June is available now. Articles include
Asphalt Your Best Value
New Advantages of Asphalt Video

Asphalt pavements are the best solution when you want high performance. They are smooth, quiet, and safe. They can reduce noise at the point where the tire meets the road, and they are quick and easy to construct and maintain. Watch this video to see all the key advantages of asphalt pavements.
Other News
FSU Seeking High School Students to Attend Transportation Careers Camp

The sixth annual National Summer Transportation Institute (NSTI) will be held at Ferris State University from July 30 to August 5, 2017. This one week residential program is designed for students to explore careers in the transportation industry. There is no cost for the students to attend.

High school students (ages 14-17) are encouraged to apply for this one-week camp sponsored by the Federal Highway Administration, the Michigan Department of Transportation and Ferris State University.

Applications preferred prior to June 9, 2017

Click here to view the Program Brochure:

For complete information including the application package click here

Technical News
NCAT Spring Newsletter Available

The National Center for Asphalt Technology at Auburn University has published its spring 2017 issue of Asphalt Technology News. Articles in this issue include moving towards balanced mix design, aggregate bulk specific gravity, asphalt film thickness, aged-related cracking potential and the ΔTc parameter, and using the NCAT online asphalt mix design program.
Upcoming Events
NAPA Mid Year Meeting - July 16-19, The Western Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL

APAM 11th Annual Scholarship Golf Outing - August 16, Bucks Run Golf Club, Mt. Pleasant, MI
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