The latest asphalt news from the California Asphalt Pavement Association
April 8, 2013

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L.A. Contractors' Committee Dinner

Tuesday, April 9

5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Dal Ray Restaurant

9023 E. Washington Blvd., Pico Rivera, CA

Contact: Jim St. Martin (949) 933-3905

Click HERE to register



Central Valley Technical Committee meeting

Tuesday, April 23

1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Offices of Granite Construction

3005 James Road


Contact: Rita Leahy (916) 239-8315




Spring Asphalt Pavement Conference

Thursday, April 25

Doubletree Hotel, 222 N. Vineyard Ave., Ontario

Contact Sophie You at (916) 791-5044 for sponsor & exhibit opportunities.

Click HERE for details and to register online.



CalAPA Annual "Day at the Races"

Saturday, July 20

Del Mar Racetrack

Del Mar, CA

Contact: Sophie You (916) 791-5044



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 Asphalt pavements that last 40 or more years? Read all about it in the latest issue of California Asphalt magazine 
An extraordinary collaboration between Caltrans, industry and academia to produce asphalt pavement designs that will last 40 or more years is highlighted in this month's California Asphalt magazine.
Years of research has started to bear fruit in the form of long-life2013 California Asphalt Magazine cover   asphalt pavement projects on the 710 Freeway in Los Angeles County, two projects on Interstate 5 in the north state and a project just getting under way on Interstate 80.
The special "Innovation Issue" of California Asphalt magazine also features reports on new Reclaimed Asphalt Pavement (RAP) and Warm Mix Asphalt (WMA) specifications and other industry happenings. Click HERE to view an interactive, 3-D issue.
The editors of the Asphalt Insider newsletter and California Asphalt magazine always welcome story ideas about member company news, successful projects and other items of interest to the asphalt pavement industry. Click HERE to submit a story idea.
 Graniterock: Producing quality materials and exporting quality ideas 

CalAPA member Graniterock is well known for its commitment to producing a quality product. But the company is just as committed to exporting quality ideas and sharing the many lessons learned over more than a century in the materials business.


Former Graniterock CEO Bruce Woolpert was well-known for this approach to management, which was chronicled in a profile that appeared in CalAPA's California Asphalt magazine last year. Click HERE to read the article.


And the tradition continues. Last month Keith Severson from

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Keith Severson delivers the keynote address at an Ohio asphalt conference.

Graniterock was the keynote speaker to more than 300 attendees during the March 6 Prayer Breakfast at the 2013 Ohio Asphalt Expo. Attendees to this event ranged from senior executives to field employees of asphalt producers and contractors, equipment suppliers, and engineering consultants.


Severson's presentation focused on the corporate quality culture of Graniterock, which lead to their winning the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award in 1992 and presented to Woolpert by President George H.W. Bush.


"Graniterock's commitment to quality is a shining example of an exemplary corporate culture for the entire industry," said Cliff Ursich, President & Executive Director of Flexible Pavements of Ohio. "Flexible Pavements of Ohio was honored Mr. Severson agreed to speak to our membership and share the Graniterock story." 


For his part, Severson told Asphalt Insider that he was impressed with the expertise in the room and the insightful and thought-provoking questions posed by attendees.

  Latest 'Superpave' specification distributed by Caltrans for use in pilot projects 
Caltrans recently released an updated version of the "Superpave" specification it is using on pilot projects as the department moves toward adopting the national standard in 2014.
Click HERE to view a copy posted to the CalAPA website. TheCaltrans Logo  association also maintains a web page of Superpave resources HERE.
Joe Peterson, chief of roadway materials testing for Caltrans, has been compiling data from the pilot projects as the department and industry are evaluating how the proposed specifications stand up to real-world projects.
A joint Caltrans-industry task force is meeting periodically to discuss the evolving specification. For more information, contact CalAPA technical consultants Jim St. Martin at (949) 933-3905 or Rita Leahy at (916) 239-8315.
 Spring Asphalt Pavement Conference April 25 in Ontario will feature a variety of exhibitors; a few choice spots left 


One of the most popular aspects of the CalAPA asphalt pavement conferences are the many exhibitors on hand to showcase new products or services and answer questions from conference attendees.


The Spring Asphalt Pavement Conference, taking place April 25 in Ontario, will be no exception, with dozens of exhibitors already lined up to staff display tables at the venue. Click HERE for the latest list of event sponsors.


California Transportation Commission Vice Chairman Carl Guardino will be the keynote speaker, and Hasan Ikhrata, Executive Director of the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) will also be on the program. They will give a statewide and regional perspective on transportation infrastructure funding, policy and future trends.
There also will be numerous technical topics addressed at the
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Patti Neat with Valero at the fall conference in Sacramento.
ference, including the latest changes in Caltrans specifications and the department's planned move to the national "Superpave" standard, a Greenbook update, Reclaimed Asphalt Pavement (RAP) best-practices, Warm Mix Asphalt (WMA) specification changes and other technical presentations. Click HERE to view the updated timed agenda. The event will take place at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario.
Click HERE to visit the event website and to register on-line. Sponsors should contact Sophie You of CalAPA at (916) 791-5044 to reserve your display table at the event. Space is limited and the tables will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Click HERE to download the sponsorship form.
 Demystifying the Job Mix Formula is the topic of new CalAPA training class 
An advanced class now being offered by CalAPA, "Understanding the Job Mix Formula," will be offered later this month in San Leandro, Sacramento and Bakersfield.
The class will be taught by Paul Curren, P.E., of CalAPA member firm
CalAPA Section 39 class Bakersfield
Instructor Paul Curren's many years of experience and sense of humor make learning fun.
Pavement Engineering. The curriculum has been designed under the direction of the CalAPA Technical Advisory Committee.
Curren taught the popular "Caltrans Section 39 Asphalt Specifications" class for CalAPA the past two years at numerous locations across the state. A trial run of the JMF class held last month in Sacramento exclusively for CalAPA members received high marks from attendees.
To sign up for the April 16 JMF class in San Leandro, click HERE. To sign up for the April 17 class in Sacramento, click HERE. To register to attend the April 23 class in Bakersfield, click HERE.
Information on all CalAPA training classes can be found HERE. For more information about CalAPA training classes, including opportunities to host a class at your facility, contact Russell Snyder of CalAPA at (915) 791-5044.
 Asphalt Fact of the Week: Perpetual pavements
Each week we highlight a different "Asphalt Fact" provided by our partners at the Asphalt Pavement Alliance. Click HERE to get more facts about asphalt.


Fact #32: Perpetual (long-life) asphalt pavements have low environmental impact because they reduce the amount of natural resources needed over the pavement's life. READ MORE.
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Quote of the Week
"What is happiness? It's a moment before you need more happiness." 
                                                  -- Jon Hamm's Don Draper
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Russell W. Snyder
Executive Director
California Asphalt Pavement Association (CalAPA)

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