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APAM News July 28, 2017 Issue

Newsletter - Dont Miss The Scholarship Fund Golf Outing!
From: Asphalt Pavement Association of MI <>
Subject: APAM Newsletter - Dont Miss The Scholarship Fund Golf Outing!
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 Volume 12, Issue 3                                    July 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. Sponsorship Deadline is July 31, 2017
2017 Asphalt Paving Awards
It's Time! Deadlines for 2017 Asphalt Paving Awards nominations are fast approaching. Start thinking of those projects that you have completed or will complete by the project deadlines and nominate them for an award. The APAM/MDOT Nomination forms are available on the APAM website home page, right hand side under the APAM Events and Happenings Box or click here! Be sure to save Thursday, December 7, 2017 and plan to attend the Awards Banquet at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center in East Lansing.

Deadlines for 2017 Project Submittal:
Superior Region: Wednesday, October 4th
North Region: Wednesday, October 11th
All Other Regions: Wednesday, October 18th 
APAM Welcomes New Member
APAM welcomes Soils & Structures, Inc. to its membership.  They are a Michigan-based Engineering and Consulting firm that specializes in Geotechnical Engineering, Structural Engineering, Construction Materials Testing, and Structural Steel Detailing.  You can read more about them by visiting there website  
Contact Info:
Jon Erickson, Director of Field Operations
6480 Grand Haven Rd.
Muskegon, MI 49441
Phone:  231.798.4127
Asphalt Wins Alternate Bid to Reconstruct M-6
On June 2nd, MDOT opened bids for an alternate bid project to reconstruct 3.8 miles of M-6 in Kent and Ottawa counties. The 20-mile bypass around Grand Rapids, known as the South Beltline, was opened in 2004 and connects I-196 to I-96. Michigan Paving & Materials Co. submitted the low bid to reconstruct the existing concrete pavement with asphalt. Both directions of the 2-lane expressway will be reconstructed this summer and will be opened to traffic by early November. The existing 11" of concrete will be removed and reconstructed with 9 ¼ inches of asphalt pavement placed over 7 ¾" of aggregate base (6" existing) and the existing 18" of sand subbase. 
MDOT's alternate bid process requires bidders to submit separate prices for construction costs, and user delay costs which are calculated based on how long the contractor determines it will take to construct the project. Discounted future maintenance costs for each pavement type are specified by MDOT and included in the calculation to determine the low bidder.
Congratulations to Michigan Paving & Materials who won the project with a low bid of $9,599,398 including user delay cost. The 2nd low bid of $10,702,269 was submitted for reconstruction using concrete pavement.

MDOT Revises Process for Contractor Inquiries and Responses 
MDOT has issued Design Advisory (DA 2017 -03) which serves as notification that the process for responding to Contractor Inquiries has been revised. A new process has been developed using the eProposal System and ProjectWise which will post inquires when submitted instead of once they are responded to as they had been in the past.
To promote uniformity in responses, the DA states "when responding to Contractor Inquiries within ProjectWise, please use the following standard language and format for responses to the scenarios described [below]:"
The revised process will become effective with Inquiries regarding projects included in the August 2017 Letting.
Click here to view the Design Advisory
Click here to view related changes to section 14.62 of the MDOT Road Design Manual 

MDOT Seeks Public Comment on Draft 2018-2022 Transportation Program
MDOT is seeking public comment on its draft 2018-2022 Five-Year Transportation Program. The draft document, which is updated annually, includes information about MDOT's mobility initiatives, revenues and a list of specific transportation projects planned for the next five years in each of MDOT's seven regions. You can view the location, description and proposed construction year for upcoming projects on an interactive map available online here 
MDOT presented the draft 2018-2022 Five-Year Transportation Program to the State Transportation Commission (STC) on July 20, 2017. It will remain a draft program until it receives final approval by the STC, expected on Sept. 21, 2017. The full document is available on the MDOT website  
Comments will be accepted now through Aug. 25, 2017, via an online form on the MDOT website.  Comments also can be e-mailed to
Dr. Driveway Rides Off Into Sunset
After 22 years of answering questions about porous asphalt, recycled materials, compaction, tack coats and driveways, NAPA Director of Engineering Kent Hansen retired at the end of last month. During his time with NAPA, Kent authored or co-authored numerous publications, gave countless presentations, and visited myriad job sites. Dubbed "Dr. Driveway" by a radio interviewer, Kent earned a solid reputation for sharing his knowledge about the use of asphalt pavements for everything from driveways to parking lots and highways to runways. NAPA appreciates his years of devotion to the industry and we wish him well in retirement.
APAM would also like to extend our congratulations to Kent and thank him for his contributions to the industry including the many times that he was a presenter at our Annual Paving Conferences.

Back to Basics Webinar Series
Producing quality asphalt pavement starts with a solid grasp of the basics. NAPA's new Back to Basics webinar series helps you and your employees brush up on the fundamentals for success. These webinars are free and offer Professional Development Hours (PDHs):
Next webinar in series:
Back to Basics Series: Quality Assurance
Date: Wednesday, August 23, 2:00-3:30 p.m. EDT
Upcoming Webinars:
Back to Basics Series: Tack Coats
Date: Thursday, September 7, 2:00-3:30 p.m. EDT
Back to Basics Series: Pavement Design
Date: Thursday, September 28, 2:00-3:30 p.m. EDT
Learn More and Register

Asphalt Pavement Magazine
The digital edition of Asphalt Pavement Magazine July / August is available now. Articles include:
      • Back to Basics: Quality Matters
      • Thinlay Projects on the Ground
      • Asphalt Operations Safety Innovation Awards: Improving Safety Culture and Accountability
      • and more .....

The Smooth Road
M-59 Reconstructed with HMA
M-59 in Macomb County is a very busy boulevard section with 4 through lanes in each direction from M-53 to Romeo Plank Road. According to MDOT, the current boulevard configuration was constructed in 1995. CPM concrete patching jobs were undertaken in 2005, 2007, 2010 and 2014. It is believed that poor freeze-thaw durability has resulted in decreased pavement life and the need for frequent patching projects.

When MDOT decided to reconstruct this section of highway, a life cycle cost analysis (LCCA) was completed. HMA was selected as the pavement with the lowest LCCA cost and the project was let this February. The 3.7 mile long project will be completed in two phases; phase 1 will reconstruct M-59 from M-53 to Garfield Road, and phase 2 will reconstruct and widen M-59 from Garfield Road to Romeo Plank. Phase 1 will be completed in October 2017, and phase 2 will be completed next year, in September of 2018. With over 400 businesses along this busy corridor, a project website, has been set up to help keep the traveling public up-to-date on the project.
APAM member Cadillac Asphalt, LLC is performing the Asphalt paving for the project. In order to keep traffic moving and provide for a smooth pavement, Cadillac is using two pavers in echelon and paving at night.
One paver, a Cat 1055F, is paving 24-foot-wide while the other paver is paving 12 wide. This project, when completed, will provide the traveling public a much smoother ride for many years to come.
Other News
NCAT has released a new video showing their  mission in action: to provide innovative, relevant and implementable research, technology development and education that advances safe, durable and sustainable asphalt pavements.

Upcoming Events
APAM 11th Annual Scholarship Golf Outing - August 16, Bucks Run Golf Club, Mt. Pleasant, MI
APAM/MDOT Asphalt Paving Awards - December 7, 2017, Kellogg Center, East Lansing, MI
APAM 62nd Annual Asphalt Paving Conference - February 27-28, 2018, FireKeepers Casino Hotel, Battle Creek, MI
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