“Lets Go Colorado” proposition 110 is on the November 6th ballot.

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“Let’s Go Colorado’s”, Proposition 110 is officially on the November 2018 ballot. 110 will address major projects on I-25, I-70 and the state highways that connect our communities throughout Colorado. Local governments will have full flexibility of their share of the funding, allowing our communities to meet their diverse needs throughout the state. Multi-modal funding will support transportation options that decrease traffic congestion and protect our air quality. This funding could be used to support urban and rural bus service, large scale bike lanes and paths, and improvements for pedestrians. See what is in the proposition and how the money collected will be spent.

25th Annual “Best in Colorado” Award Program

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The 2018 – 25th Annual “Best in Colorado” Award Nomination forms have been updated and are ready for downloading.
Be part of the SILVER Anniversary of the “Best in Colorado” Asphalt Pavement Awards.
To have your projects considered to become a SILVER Anniversary award winner, you MUST complete the nomination forms and return them by October 26, 2018!
Nomination forms are available by using the link above!

Be part of History! Nominate your projects TODAY!

Law Enforcement is seeking our help!

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Please look at the attached flier we received from the Local FBI Office today. They are seeking the help of the Asphalt Industry and Public to apprehend a murder suspect or suspects.
They investigation has led them to believe a gypsy paver had contacted the victims which then turned into arson and murder based on interviews with other property owners in the area.

If you have any information about this case or you can help identify the suspect(s), contact the tip line at 303-239-4243. There is a $25,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the perpetrator.
We know the travelers are back in Colorado now, lets hope these particular people are also traveling through the State and can be apprehended.
Pass this to all of your friends and neighbors.

CAPA Golf Tournament Registration Open and filling!

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The 27th annual CAPA Fund Raising Golf tournament is set for Friday September 14th at the Beautiful Fox Hollow Golf Course in Lakewood, Colorado.
Registration fees remain the same as they have been for many years @ $150 per participant or $600 per foursome.
The tournament will begin with check-in at 7:30 am, range balls and fellowship followed by a shotgun start at 8:45 am.
Play will be followed by a lunch and awards!
Will the ARRMAZ Team defend the CUP? Can Charlie, Stan, Keary and Alistair fend off the rest of the “Sand Baggers” who are coming for the cup?
Only one way to find out, Registrations are all on-line and may be made by clicking here!

Returning for 2018 will be the Moody Insurance “Air Cannon”, “The Double Eagle” Hole, the 50/50 raffle and team photos as part of the events of the day.

SO…..your not available to play on the 14th of September, or you just don’t play golf, that’s ok, Sponsor are always needed and appreciated. You may sponsor using this link!

Register early, as the event is limited to the first 216 players and has filled up quickly in the past.
If you know you want to reserve space, but don’t know who will fill the places in your foursome, that’s ok! Simply register and put “TBD” for any you don’t know at the time of registration, those can be added later.

Are you or do you have a co-worker interested in attending the NCAT Technology course? Information is available here for 2019 

CAPA Membership Family Picnic

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Colorado Asphalt Pavement Association Family Picnic
CAPA is hosting a family picnic for members and their employees. Bring all of your family, wives, husbands, kids and grand-kids to come and enjoy. This will be on Saturday afternoon August 11, 2018 at Sheridan Community Park from 1:00 to 4:00pm. We will have catered food, beverages, fun and games. This has become a fun summer event for CAPA member companies and thier employees to come together and simply enjoy an afternnon of fun and food. This is an alcohol free event
RSVP’s are requested for the caterer.
Use this link to see more or to register!

Paving to the Clouds on Pikes Peak!

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We recently spent a day with Wagner Equipment, Power Equipment, Continental Milling and Kiewit Infrastructure where they were paving above tree line on Pikes Peak. Th project was from about 13,000 to the summit at 14,110 feet. It was impressive to see the work progressing at these elevations and how the performance of the equipment changes when they are gasping for air. With the elevation and steepness of the road, the work progressed and was done in a quality manner! See more pictures from the project

Work Zone Safety PSA

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Douglas County, Colorado Public Works has recently released a 1 minutes PSA on Work Zone safety 

Wes and Michelle’s voices unite in their heartfelt message to motorists who drive in a work zone, “just like you, I’d like to get home to my family tonight.”

In one minute, the new work zone safety public service announcement attempts to bring the viewer into the work zone, and, through the eyes of those working there, see how it feels to work next to vehicles moving 30-60 miles per hour.

The Board of Douglas County Commissioners premiered the work zone safety video and praised employees for what they do to protect the citizens of Douglas County.

The Board then recognized May 21-27 as National Public Works Week in Douglas County, adopting a resolution that “pays tribute to our public works professionals, engineers, managers and employees recognizing the substantial contributions they make to protecting the health, safety, and quality of life for the citizens and taxpayers of Douglas County.

Stand-Down for Safety

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Stand-Down for Safety Falls from heights continue to be a leading cause of death for construction employees. To raise awareness of this issue, OSHA has designated this week, May 7-11, as a National Safety Stand-Down To Prevent Falls in Construction. Click here for additional information on conducting a safety stand-down and similar voluntary events for employers to talk directly to employees about safety. This week provides a great opportunity to review compliance obligations under OSHA’s new Fall Protection Standards for both (road) construction operations and general industry

CAPA TO CONTRIBUTE TO TRANSPORTATION BALLOT INITIATIVE

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CAPA To Contribute $160,000 To Transportation Ballot Initiative The CAPA Board of Directors has approved an additional contribution of $150,000 to the Colorado Construction Industry Coalition (CIC) 527. This is an addition to the annual contribution of $10,000. The CIC 527 is the largest industry segment of a broader (Let’s Go Colorado) coalition that has joined together in support of a proposed 2018 statewide transportation ballot initiative. The ballot measure is in the form of a sales tax in the range of ½ cent to 0.62 cents on a $1.00 purchase. A decision on whether or not the coalition will move forward with a November ballot measure will be made after the 2018 legislative session is over in May. CDOT has developed a Ballot Measure Project List if the measure is successful.

CAPA PRESENTS PROGRAM DELIVERY AWARD TO E-470

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The E-470 Public Highway Authority Board Meeting on April 12 included a presentation by Tom Peterson on the CAPA 2017 Program Delivery Award. The award was presented to E-470 Board Chair Heidi Williams, Mayor of Thornton, and in recognition of the $90 M Parker Rd. to Quincy Widening Project. The project was completed on time and within budget.
Coordinated phasing was used to allow echelon paving to ensure high quality longitudinal joints. General Contractor: Kraemer NA; Paving Contractor: Martin Marietta.
We learned that the 2018 overlay project, Pena Blvd. to 120th Ave., is in final design and expected to be advertised later this spring.

Roadway Safety Council Formed!

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On March 30, 2018 CAPA Held a Safety Seminar. It was presented by the CAPA Staff as well as industry partners Moody Insurance and Colorado Barricade. Toipics included the proposed OSHA Silica rulkes, roadway safety and insurance issues.
As a result of the March seminar, CAPA Has established a Safety Council” which will meet a couple of times per year. THGe next meeting will be on Wednesday November 28th inthe RMAEC Training room.
If you would like to be added tot he Council, contact Tom Clayton

A Moment can save a life!

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NAPA is launching a national public awareness campaign to help combat distracted driving and to improve work zone safety. Companies invest heavily in training, equipment, and planning to reduce the risks inherent in a roadway work zone, but it all can be undone in a moment if a distracted driver causes an accident.

The WatchForUs campaign is launching in April to coincide with National Distracted Driving Month and National Work Zone Awareness Week (April 9‒13). We are asking you to join the WatchForUs public awareness campaign to help get the message out to the public that a moment of distraction can change lives forever.

For WatchForUs materials and resources, download the Watch For Us Campaign Toolkit. It includes links to videos, infographics, and social media materials you can share with your workers, friends, and family.

Please share the videos, distribute the infographic, use the social media tools, and promote the — WatchForUs website . All campaign materials can be found online at www.WatchFor.Us/toolkit. Please lend your voice to the movement.

Springtime in Colorado means the traveling paving scams are arriving!

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The Colorado Asphalt Pavement Association (CAPA) is urging Colorado consumers to beware of scams involving door-to-door salesmen offering unbelievably low-cost quotes on asphalt paving for driveways, parking lots and other related construction.
Recently, CAPA has received reports of salesmen offering to pave or do other construction for very low costs, claiming to use “left over” asphalt from a larger paving or other paving jobs. The reports have been in areas of Jefferson County, Boulder County, Adams County, Arapahoe County, Douglas County, El Paso County- Colorado Springs, and Larimer County as well as in Eastern Colorado small communities. Such door-to-door scams typically result in less-than-satisfied consumers who end up paying for inferior work that often must be replaced. In this time many consumers are desperate to get their lives back to somewhat normal and having a traveling scammer take advantage of them will only prolong the recovery process.
“Reputable contractors don’t peddle asphalt or other materials door-to-door. These scams usually result in being swindled by contractors who are here today, gone tomorrow,” said Thomas Clayton Director of Training and Member Services for CAPA, the industry association for the $500 million per year asphalt industry of Colorado.
“In asphalt paving you definitely get what you pay for. We urge consumers to check out the companies making these offers, to make sure the company is reputable and will build a quality project for a fair price,” Clayton added. There are plenty of local, reputable contractors ready to work with home and business owners to help get your lives back on track.

To avoid being swindled by the traveling scammers CAPA and its members offer a six warning signs:
1. Claims that it’s “leftover” asphalt. Asphalt is never left over from a project. Leftover asphalt paving materials would be too cold to place properly, while cold mix is used exclusively for small patches, not general paving. Asphalt is a perishable product and if it cools too much it is useless as a asphalt paving product.
2. Deals that seem “too good to be true.” If the quoted price seems very low, chances are the quality of the work will be low as well.
3. Cash-only terms. Most reputable contractors take checks, and don’t require cash-only terms.
4. “One-time offer” price quotes. Reputable contractors will provide a quote before doing any work so that the homeowner has a chance to shop around.
5. Door-to-door sales. It’s worth repeating: reputable asphalt contractors do not sell their products door-to-door. Consumers should be very suspicious of anyone appearing at their front doors offering low-cost asphalt.
6. Vehicles with out of State license plates. This type of scam many times will be run by persons traveling through our area from other states. The big equipment may be licensed in Colorado, but many times the smaller equipment (pickups, and trailers) will be licensed in other states.
7. In this time of rebuilding, work with others in your area to seek out a reputable contractor and partner in the rebuilding. Contractors can and will make deals to those who work together to get the work done. There will be less cost to the contractor to move in and do several projects at one time rather than one at a time. The potential savings can be absorbed by all who work together.

If you suspect you have been scammed or contacted by a scam-artist, contact your local Better Business Bureau, CAPA, at 303-741-6150, local law enforcement authorities or local district Attorneys’ offices. The investigators have compiled a list of scammers and are working diligently to apprehend them before they can take advantage of more unsuspecting individuals. The association also provides a list of its members, all of them reputable, long-term Colorado contractors, on its Web site, www.co-asphalt.com or Contact Tom Clayton tomclayton@co-asphalt.com to discuss this or any other asphalt related issues.

About the Colorado Asphalt Pavement Association
The Colorado Asphalt Pavement Association (CAPA) is a not-for-profit association representing more than 250 member organizations in Colorado. CAPA promotes and publicizes the use of quality asphalt in Colorado and encourages fair methods of contracting. CAPA operates the Rocky Mountain Asphalt Education Center and administers the Laboratory for Certification of Asphalt Technicians. The CAPA facility includes a classroom and a fully operational asphalt mixture laboratory. The education curriculum includes courses on asphalt mixture design, quality control/quality assurance testing and hot mix asphalt construction.
CAPA is the asphalt industry voice working with the Colorado Department of Transportation, the Federal Aviation Administration, local agencies and others throughout the State of Colorado.
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NEW Member Added to the Colorado Asphalt Hall of Fame

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Congratulations to Jerry Meier of Aggregate Industries, WCR (retired) on his election to the Colorado Asphalt Hall of Fame. Jerry spent nearly 50 years in the industry and spent time with Siegrist Companies, 25 years with Western Paving Company, and his last 21 years with Bituminous Roadways/CAMAS/Aggregate Industries WCR.
Jerry worked on all size projects from small parking lots to major projects like DIA, I70 and I-25 from Fort Collins to Pueblo and from the Continental Divide to Limon. He was always proud of the work being done by the people he supervised and worked with. He was the driving force behind the companies he worked for receiving many “Best in Colorado” asphalt paving awards. Jerry was known to say “Quality work is what people expect, it is our obligation to provide at least the quality they expect.” He demanded more than just quality, he demanded superior quality. The clients who he had the privilege to work with include almost every Front Range city and county, all of the metro area airports, CDOT, and military installations. Jerry oversaw the extension to the north runway at Stapleton Airport, so it could become an international airport.

Kevin Anderson of Connell Resources, John Cheever of Aggregate Industries WCR, and John Wanigman of Greenwood Village provided testimony to the nomination that was approved unanimously by the CAPA Board of Directors. In his acceptance speech, Jerry thanked those he worked with and mentioned that “he had a wonderful career and has had a wonderful life.” Welcome to the Colorado Asphalt Hall of Fame Jerry! Well deserved.

Safety and Work Zone Seminar Scheduled

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Join the Colorado Asphalt Pavement Association for our 2018 CAPA Work Zone and Site Safety Seminar. Agenda: – Site Safety – Workman’s Comp Insurance (an View form an Insurer – OSHA proposed Silica Rule – Traffic Zone- Full Closures – Traffic Zones – Moving Closures
This will be a “Working Lunch” Seminar” – Lunch provided
Space is limited to the first 25 registrered.

Click on this link to register or RSVP.

Annual CAPA Airport/FAA Meeting

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The Annual CAPA Asphalt & Airport Pavement Meeting was Thursday March 15, 2018.

The Items discussed were:

1. 2018 FAA Denver ADO CO & WY Update
2. CDOT Aeronautics Program Update
3. Colorado Airport Operators Association Update
4. FAA Specifications and Technical Updates
5. 2018 Industry Outlook – Liquid Asphalt Binder
6. Specifications & Projects – Discussion and Lessons Learned
7. “Best in Colorado” Asphalt Pavement- Airport Category
8. Lunch Provided: Sponsor Presentation “Increased Quality and Performance of Airport Pavements” – Bill Caires, Owner (Cesare)
to see the items presented, Click here.

24th Annual “Best in Colorado’ Awards Dinner sold out!

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More than 430 people attended the 24th annual “Best in Colorado” Awards dinner on Wednesday evening February 21, 2018. The room was sold out with more than 430 attendee’s. Awards were presented in 14 categories The CAPA Partnership award was presented and Jerry Meier was inducted into the Color ado Asphalt Hall of Fame. See the entire evening in 4 minutes and 44 seconds!

Join us for the 45th Annual Rocky Mountain Asphalt Conference and Equipment Show

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Come join us for the 45th Annual Rocky Mountain Asphalt Conference and Equipment Show February 21-23, 2018! The Conference and Trade Show will be held at the Crowne Plaza DIA. Hotel rooms sell out early so reserve your room ASAP! Click the link below and use the booking code CAR. You can also reserve your room by calling 1.866.378.1583 and use the booking code CAR
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24th Annual “Best in Colorado” Asphalt Pavement Awards Program:

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24th Annual “Best in Colorado” Asphalt Pavement Awards Program: Join us as we celebrate quality achievement and recognize the “Best of the Best” in asphalt pavement construction in Colorado. 24th Annual “Best in Colorado” Awards Dinner & Program.

Sponsorship Opportunities are available for the individual awards to be presented. There are 16 different categories. Contact Tom Clayton for more information.

2018 RMACES Registration is open

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For over 40 years, contractors, suppliers, governmental agency representatives, and consultants from the Rocky Mountain West have held an annual conference in Colorado to discuss new developments and quality advancements of asphalt pavements. Recognized as one of the largest regional conferences on asphalt pavement technology, the Rocky Mountain Asphalt Conference & Equipment Show draws attendees from throughout the Rocky Mountain region. National speakers marvel at the diversity of topics along with the multiple attendee areas of interest. As long as issues and new technologies emerge in the asphalt pavement industry the Rocky Mountain Asphalt Conference & Equipment Show will continue to grow and expand to meet the needs of the asphalt industry. Come join us for the 45th Annual Rocky Mountain Asphalt Conference and Equipment Show February 21-23, 2018! The Conference and Trade Show will be held at the Crowne Plaza DIA. Hotel rooms sell out early so reserve your room ASAP! Click the link below and use the booking code CAR. You can also reserve your room by calling 1.866.378.1583 and use the booking code CAR.
>Register today for the conference.

Asphalt can help save the Environment

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How can asphalt help save the environment? Verizon’s intelligent network of sensors and cameras will give cities the ability to study and analyze the flow of traffic and relay that information to operations centers, who will then use it to make communities safer, smarter and greener. Cutting carbon dioxide emissions and commute time for thousands of drivers.
Here is a new effort underway to help with the Environment and how asphalt can save the environment

CAPA New Member Luncheon and Christmas Reception

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The CAPA New Member Luncheon, sponsored by Colorado Barricade, was great success. That you to the more than 170 attendees who came out to welcome our newest members form 2017. The lunch was great and our keynote speaker had some compelling information to share. We congratulate the 2017 Proctor fo the year Paul Kinnes and said good byre to Jim Fife as he moves into full time retirement. Giles Poulson was recognized for his contributions to the CAPA board of Directors. We concluded the day with a Christmas Reception sponsored by Suncor, Cobitco, Jebro and Holly Frontier. Pictures were take and support was given from Jo Taylor publisher of the CAPA Membership directory, The Road Ahead and the Colorado Public Works Journal.
Mark you calendars for the 2018 New Member Luncheon, December 6, 2018.

NCAT Technology Scholarships were awarded

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Each year CAPA in partnership with the APWA Colorado Chapter, selects several candidates to attend the week long Technology Course at the NCAT Facility in Alabama. NCAT is the foremost research facility for the advancement of Hot Mix Asphalt in the country. This year CAPA received 17 applications from interested persons seeking to expand their knowledge about asphalt construction. The 17 was paired down to 8 persons who will be receiving the CAPA/APWA Scholarships. The 8 sel;ected persons are; Jacob Silverman Earth Engineering Consultants, Tom Gill Town of Parker, Beau Radovich Cesare Inc, Nicolas Stoker City of Cortez, Justin Cupich Kumar and Associates, Randy Walrath City of Greeley, Todd Rullo City of Thornton, and Dan DiCenso AECOM. For those who would still like to attend the Asphalt Technology course, registration is still open. If you want to attend, contact Tom Clayton, CAPA can help get you registered and save you some money on the registration fees.
The course is scheduled for February 26 to March 2, 2018. For more information about the NCAT Technology course, use this link. For application information use this link

Best in Colorado Award Nomination update

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The Colorado Asphalt Pavement Association (CAPA) recognizes the highest quality asphalt pavement construction and performance in Colorado each year. The contractor and owner/agency are recognized in each award category. The awards will be presented at the 24th Annual Awards Dinner and Program on Wednesday, February 21, 2018 at the Crowne Plaza, Denver Int’l Airport, I-70 & Chambers.
There were 51 projects nominated for the 2017 awards. The judges will be meeting the week of November 6th to begin the process of visually observing each of the 51 projects. The goal is to have most if not all of the projects judged by the end of 2017. Once the projects are all judged, the scores will be totaled and the winners notified. During this period of time CDOT will e gathering data for the Plant Production and Smoothness awards for 2017. All winners will be notified by no later than February 1, 2018.

45th Annual RMACES registration is open

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Planning for the 45th annual Rocky Mountain Asphalt Conference and Equipment Show (RMACES) is well under way. The theme for the conference February 21 to 23, 2018 is “Paving to the Future”.
The keynote speaker on Wednesday February 21 will be Amelia Earhart from KUSA and My 20 Denver. The conference will feature many new and exciting track presentations. The Raffle will have a 45th annual grand Prize of a Polaris 450 ATV.

CAPA Golf tournament was a great success!

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On Friday September 15th 180 players descended on Fox Hollow Golf Course in Lakewood to play in the 26th annual CAPA Cup Golf Tournament. At the conclusion of the golf was a banquet lunch of Fajitas. There was fun and networking as part of the days event. It was a picture perfect weather day and it appears all had a good time. The money raised will be paired with the contribution by the APWA Colorado Chapter to send people to the NCAT Technology course at Auburn University in late February 2018. see the CAPA website for more information on receiving one of the scholarships to attend the NCAT Technology course. To view a few pictures from the days events, click here

Stretching Road Funds with up-to-date Specifications & Contract Requirements

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The CAPA monthly perspective included in the Summer/Fall issue of the Colorado Public Works Journal (attached) featured the importance of keeping specifications and contract requirements current with industry best practices. CAPA has worked with several agencies in recent years to update their specifications , and these efforts are paying dividends, resulting in more competitive bids and improvements to quality and long-term pavement performance. To read the entire article, use this link

Colorado Asphalt Pavement Association Golf Tournament

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DON’T MISS OUT! REGISTRATION IS OPEN AND THE EVENT IS STARTING TO FILL UP!
The 26th annual CAPA fund-raising Golf tournament is the primary event used to fund the CAPA portion for recipients to attend the NCAT Technology course. Each year CAPA in partnership with the APWA Colorado Chapter, selects several candidates to attend the week long technology course at the NCAT facility at Auburn University in Alabama.
For More Information or to register

CDOT Recognized with Perpetual Pavement Award

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  Highway 40 Rabbit Ear’s Pass.  Congratulations to CDOT Region 3 and to the Staff Materials & Geotechnical Branch as recipient of the National Perpetual Pavement Award from the Asphalt Pavement Alliance (APA).

The award is one of ten nationally in 2017 and represents an asphalt pavement designed with exceptional care, excellent quality that has withstood the test of timeThe original asphalt placed in the 1950’s is still in place.  The award was presented at the June 15 Colorado Transportation Commission Meeting.  Receiving the award were (left to right) Bill Schiebel – Staff Materials & Geotechnical Branch Manager, Jeremy Lucero – CDOT Region 3 Materials Engineer, Damien Lebya – CDOT Region 3 Project Engineer; Russ Larsen – Chief Operating Officer – Elam Construction.  

Asphalt Core Technology Proposed for Larimer County Dam – 75,000 Cubic Yards of HMA Estimated

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The graphic shown, provided by Northern Water, depicts the 350′ Chimney Hollow Reservoir, located southwest of Loveland, after it is built. The project is estimated at $400 million.   (Link to article) When Chimney Hollow Reservoir is built, the dam will be one of the first in the United States with an asphalt core – a method developed in Germany in the 1960s and used widely in other countries.  The reservoir, located southwest of Loveland, will have one large and one small dam, allowing it to hold 90,000 acre-feet of water for 13 providers, including the city of Loveland.  Asphalt Core Dams (Link)    The project is estimated at $400 million with 75,000 cubic yards of asphalt.  It is being designed by Stantec and planned as a 3-1/2 year project with asphalt placed in 2-1/2 years.  A pre-qualification list will be developed in January and the project bid in June, 2018.  The asphalt will be hydraulic asphalt with a high asphalt binder content.  They are planning an outreach open house in the fall that will include a networking forum, presentation, Q/A, and site visit.  More info: Joe Donnelly, Assistant Project Manager, Northern Water, (970) 622-2232.

CAPA Responds to Fake News Story on Gravel Pit Controversy

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CAPA Responds to Fake News Story on Gravel Pit Controversy  Fake news can be defined as “reporting that is biased, misleading and misrepresenting the truth.”  Denver Post reporter Bruce Finley did a fine job of this in his April 25, 2017, article regarding the Pueblo County gravel pit controversy. The article was heavily one sided, inaccurate and omitted information that would have provided resounding justification as to why the Pueblo County Planning Commission recommended approval of the permit application.  Photo at left:  actual site of proposed gravel pit.  Photo at right:  Denver Post Fake News Photo  (Read more) Comments?

NATIONAL MAGAZINE FEATURES TWO COLORADO PROJECTS

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Sandy Lender, Editor of Asphalt Pro Magazine and writer Sarah Redohl did a fantastic job in the April/May issue of Asphalt Pro magazine with two wonderful articles on Colorado projects.  Thank you Sandy and Sally from your friends at CAPA for featuring these two excellent projects.

Martin Marietta Coordinates for Success on College Avenue Project in Fort Collins  (Link to Story)          

Elam Construction Wins in Steep Winter Grades  (Link to Story)

 

Spring “Road Ahead” Published

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“The Road Ahead” Spring 2017 issue has been published. This issue features all of the 2016 “Best in Colorado Award Winning projects and Project teams. There is also information about constructability reviews hosted by CAPA, Local Agency Funding Street Programs, Successful Ballot Measures, and Teamwork for accelerating projects. The Rocky Mountain Asphalt Education Center is highlighted as well. To see the entire magazine in electronic form click here

#FixItCO for Transportation Funding

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The state of Colorado’s transportation infrastructure system has reached a critical point. According to an annual study on the state of Colorado roads, “Colorado Transportation by the Numbers: Meeting the State’s Need for Safe, Smooth and Efficient Mobility,” the state’s major urban roads are becoming increasingly congested, with drivers wasting significant amounts of time and fuel each year. And, more than 2,400 people were killed in crashes on Colorado’s roads from 2011 to 2015. (Read the full report here: http://www.tripnet.org/ )
You can read more information and see who is supporting this effort by opening the attached document

California EPA Determines Asphalt Paving fumes as low priority

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CalEPA began an investigation based on the State proposition 65 program in 2016. After testimony by many different entities it was determined the fumes emitted during the production and placement of Asphalt Paving Materials (APM) were to be considered a “Low” priority. This decision is a precedent leaning decision for other states to use when challenges are made about the fumes from the production and placement of APM. The Asphalt paving industry has worked tirelessly over the past 10 years to reduce fumes by the development of new paving and production equipment as well as new processes for producing APM. The fast tracking of Warm Mix Asphalt has been a positive step in the reduction of Fumes as well.
In Colorado we are encouraging local agencies, private developers and the state DOT to recommend or require the use of WMA when ever possible as a fume reduction process but also as a Workability Mixture Additive

2017 National Work Zone Awareness Week

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It is National Work Zone Awareness week, Please respect those persons out there in construction work zones making your drive better.
A few minutes of delay is better than a life time of regret if you cause an accident and injuries to someone in a construction work zone.
Your not late because you drove into a Construction Work Zone, Your late because your late!
Remember, the life you save may be your own. Phones down and pay attention when you drive!

More than 1500 attended the 44th Annual Rocky Mountain Asphalt Conference and Equipment Show

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For over 40 years, contractors, suppliers, governmental agency representatives, and consultants from the Rocky Mountain West have held an annual conference in Colorado to discuss new developments and quality advancements of asphalt pavements. Recognized as one of the largest regional conferences on asphalt pavement technology, the Rocky Mountain Asphalt Conference & Equipment Show draws attendees from throughout the Rocky Mountain region. National speakers marvel at the diversity of topics along with the multiple attendee areas of interest. In 2017 at the peak of the conference there were more than 1500 attendee’s, guests and exhibitors at the Crowne Plaza Hotel and conference center.
The event opened with great technology sessions on Wednesday morning followed by the Keynote speaker Jim Davidson an avid outdoors-man and climber.
The “Best in Colorado Awards dinner was held on February 22nd with 17 awards beingf presented.
It all ended on Friday with the grand prize being awarded for the raffle drawing.
Click this link to see a slide gallery from the event and “Best in Colorado” Awards dinner
You won’t want to miss the 45th annual Rocky Mountain Asphalt Conference and Equipment Show in 2018, February 21st to the 23rd. Mark your calendars today to reserve those days.

Study: Insufficient infrastructure costs Coloradans $6.8 billion per year

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From the Greeley Tribune:Traffic crashes, vehicle maintenance and surging congestion related to deteriorating infrastructure combine to cost Colorado motorists $6.8 billion each year, according to a study from national transportation organization TRIP.
The report, released Wednesday, uses a variety of standardized formulas to break down the costs associated with inadequate roadways. The report shows annual costs, per driver, for vehicle operation and maintenance, safety and congestion.
Northern Colorado, which researchers said includes Greeley, Loveland and Fort Collins, earned good marks in vehicle maintenance and congestion costs.
With 74 people killed annually, the area was the worst when it came to relative safety.
“We know from a variety of research, roadway safety conditions don’t cause many crashes, but they often prevent crashes,” said Rocky Moretti, TRIP policy adviser.
The cost of car crashes is estimated by a Federal Highway Administration formula, which takes into account time off work and medical costs. Moretti said TRIP used that formula, plugged in crashes around Colorado, then divided by three (about a third of serious car crashes are the result of poor roadways, Moretti said).
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Colorado drivers lose billions to bad roads, report says

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From the Denver Business Journal: Colorado drivers lose $6.8 billion a year in time, operating costs and crashes due to roads and bridges that are deteriorated, congested or lack desirable safety features, according to a new study from TRIP, a Washington, D.C.-based national transportation organization.
In Denver, that amounts of $2,162 per driver, according to the study “Colorado Transportation by the Numbers: Meeting the State’s Need for Safe, Smooth and Efficient Mobility.”
The average driver in the Denver metro area spends 49 hours a year stuck in traffic jams, the report said.
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