The latest asphalt news from the California Asphalt Pavement Association
Aug. 17, 2015

Long-life asphalt pavement project on I-5 in the North State wins Caltrans Excellence in Transportation award
CalAPA Southern California contractor dinner Sept. 8 to focus on 'Intelligent Compaction'
Miller named new executive director of the Asphalt Pavement Alliance
Equipment spotlight: T-REX Hydraulic Truck Sampler
Welcome aboard: Haley & Aldrich
Quote of the Week: Paul Brown

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Long-life asphalt pavement project on I-5 in the North State wins Caltrans Excellence in Transportation Award

An innovative long-life asphalt pavement project on Interstate 5 in the North State was among the winners of the 2015 Caltrans Excellence in Transportation Awards.

Asphalt was prominently featured is several other awards announced by the department earlier this month. Click HERE for the full list of winners.

Recognized in the "Transportation Innovations" category, the $31
See you in 40 years: The long-life (perpetual) asphalt pavement project on Interstate 5 in the North State.
million, 14.5-mile project in Red Bluff was a collaboration of Caltrans, industry and the University of California Pavement Research Center. The goal of the project was to design and construct a durable pavement on the major truck route that will last 40 years or more with minimal maintenance.

According to Caltrans, a life-cycle cost analysis completed during the North Red Bluff project shows a savings of $5 million to $10 million over the service life of the project versus conventional pavement rehabilitation. Road user costs, such as traffic delays from maintenance and construction activities, could add up to another $1 million.

The Red Bluff long-life project in District 2 is one of seven Caltrans has completed so far on routes that must stand up to some of the most punishing truck traffic in the state, including another project on I-5 near the North State community of Weed, on Interstate 80 west of Sacramento and four projects on the 710 Freeway in Los Angeles County leading out of the Los Angeles-Long Beach port complex.

The department's Long-life Asphalt Pavement efforts earned it a
Caltrans' Maintenance Chief Tony Tavares (right) accepts the "Pavement Pioneer" award on behalf of Caltrans from NAPA President Mike Acott at the CalAPA Fall Asphalt Pavement Conference Oct. 24, 2013 in Sacramento.
special "Pavement Pioneer" award presented to Caltrans last year by the National Asphalt Pavement Association. The projects were among the signature achievements of then-State Pavement Engineer Amarjeet Benipal, who is now director of the District 3 region based in Marysville.

Reached last week by Asphalt Insider, Benipal said via e-mail, "Kudos to the team -- Caltrans, industry and the University of California Pavement Research Center coming together to make it happen." A social media "tweet" about the project sent out by CalAPA last week on Twitter was labeled "favorite" by Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty.

A Jan. 20, 2014 Asphalt Insider story about the Asphalt Pavment Alliance "Pavement Pioneer" award presented to Caltrans District 2 is HERE. A short video that describes the long-life asphalt strategy, also known as "perpetual pavement," is  HERE. An info-graphic, in PDF format, can be downloaded HERE.

CalAPA Southern California contractor dinner Sept. 8 to focus on 'Intelligent Compaction'

The next CalAPA Southern California Contractor Dinner, set for Sept. 8 in Pico Rivera, will feature in-depth presentations on technology and techniques collectively known as "Intelligent Compaction."

Space is limited, and seats are on a first-come, first-served basis
Stephen Vander Hart
to CalAPA members and invited guests only. Click HERE to reserve your spot.

Caltrans has mandated "Intelligent Compaction" (IC) technologies and techniques be used on all paving jobs after 2018.  Stephen Vander Hart, an Account Manager for RDO Integrated Controls, will provide a brief "State of IC" overview discussing the history and future of Intelligent Compaction. Specific hardware and software issues and solutions will also be covered. 

Fares Beainy, Research Engineer Emerging Technologies, and Mark Eckert, Product Manager Compaction with Volvo Construction Equipment, will be presenting about one of latest innovations in Intelligent Compaction: Volvo Density Direct technology. They will provide an
Fares Beainy
overview of how it works and how the contractor uses the data generated by thetechnology to interface with VEDA or VETA software.

In addition, the meeting will feature a "technical tidbit" from Steve Marvin from Labelle-Marvin, and an "insurance tidbit" by Steve Cota with Patriot Risk & Insurance.

The CalAPA Contractors' Dinner is the paving industry's premier event to socialize in a relaxed setting, enjoy delicious food and s
tay current with the latest industry trends, technical updates and more. Each dinner, which is open to CalAPA members and invited
Mark Eckert
guests, features a industry-specific presentation and "news you can use" on a number of topics, such as insurance, HR, technical aspects of
paving and more.

The dinner will take place at the landmark Dal Rae Restaurant, 9023 E. Washington Blvd. in Pico Rivera.
For more information, contact Tony Grasso at (909) 362-9192.
Miller named new executive director of the Asphalt Pavement Alliance
The CalAPA-supported Asphalt Pavement Alliance has announced that its new executive director is Amy Miller, an engineer from Florida with extensive experience in pavements and construction materials.

The announcement was made last week at the annual meeting of the State Asphalt Pavement Associations in Williamsburg, Va.

Miller, a professional engineer licensed in Florida, brings to the
Amy Miller, Executive Director, Asphalt Pavement Alliance
Amy Miller
job a strong background in pavement design and pavement-type selection issues. As national director of the Asphalt Pavement Alliance (APA), she will be responsible for coordinating and leading education and field deployment efforts for the asphalt pavement industry, working in close cooperation with the Asphalt Institute (AI) in Lexington, Ky., the National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) in Lanham, Md., and the 40 state asphalt associations, including CalAPA.

"I look forward to working with the APA's partners to highlight exactly how asphalt pavements are the material of choice for ensuring quality, comfort, and value for the driving public and road owners alike," Miller said in a statement.

Miller earned her bachelor's degree in environmental engineering and a master of business administration degree from the University of Florida. She is a past-president of the Florida Structural Engineers Association, and has experience working as a consulting engineer, for a building materials supplier, and with a construction trade association.

To read the official announcement by the APA, click HERE.
Equipment spotlight: T-REX Hydraulic Truck Sampler

The T-REX Hydraulic Truck Sampler is designed to address safety concerns and the need to obtain quality HMA samples. According to the manufacturer, it meets the requirement of the new Caltrans asphalt sampling specifications and has been sold to a number of large asphalt producers around the country since 2006.

The equipment eliminates the need to lean over the side of the
The T-REX Hydraulic Truck Sampler.
truck bed, climb on hot asphalt mix or carry buckets of mix down a ladder. The T-REX can obtain a 50 pound sample that is dropped into a sample separation device, where it is divided into four easy-to-carry buckets.

T-REX Sampler is designed to sit on a pedestal mounted at the end of a sampling rack or it can be mounted on a trailer for mobile and portable operations.The T-REX can also be used in the aggregate industry for sampling trucks and also removing material from over-weight trucks before leaving the quarry

It is distributed by CalAPA-member InstroTek Inc. and HMA Lab Supply of Richmond, Va. For more information, click HERE or contact John Muhlke at (888) 569-0499.

Welcome aboard: Haley & Aldrich

CalAPA is pleased to welcome its newest associate member, Haley & Aldrich, Inc.
Founded in 1957, Haley & Aldrich has a staff of over 500 engineers and scientists, who provide consulting, environmental and geotechnical engineering services, air permitting and environmental compliance, storm-water management and health and safety expertise via nearly 30 offices nationwide.

Haley & Aldrich has seven offices in California. The California offices are located in Costa Mesa, Oakland, San Diego, San Jose, Santa Barbara, Walnut Creek and Woodland Hills.
For more information, click HERE to visit the company website, or contact Susana Perez at (714) 371-1806.

Quote of the Week

"If you win, say nothing. If you lose, say less."



                                         Paul Brown

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