2020, Alaska, Arizona, Asphalt Pavements, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, People, Utah, Washington

AASHTO Seeks Fiscal ‘Backstop’ for Transportation Due to Coronavirus

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials is seeking Congressional support for the creation of a fiscal “backstop” for the transportation sector due to the economic impact of the Coronavirus pandemic, along with “an immediate and temporary” nationwide waiver of federal truck weight restrictions. Click here for the complete article from  AASHTO Journal.… Continue reading AASHTO Seeks Fiscal ‘Backstop’ for Transportation Due to Coronavirus

2020, Alaska, American Samoa, Arizona, Asphalt Binders, Asphalt Pavements, California, CNMI, Colorado, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming

Updated MS-22 Manual is Now Available

The third edition of the Asphalt Institute’s “MS 22 – Construction of Quality Asphalt Pavements” is now available. For 35 years, this book has served as the Asphalt Institute’s comprehensive manual on asphalt pavement construction. It has been widely seen as one of the finest resources on the topic. Click here for additional information and… Continue reading Updated MS-22 Manual is Now Available

2019, Asphalt Pavements, California

CalAPA member Sully-Miller makes temporary post-quake repairs permanent

CalAPA member Sully-Miller brought in to make temporary post-quake repairs permanent on desert highway Asphalt's ability to get transportation facilities up and running quickly following a major disaster received worldwide attention earlier this month as the largest quakes in 20 years struck Southern California. The remote location in the sparsely populated desert about 125 miles… Continue reading CalAPA member Sully-Miller makes temporary post-quake repairs permanent

2019, Alaska, Arizona, Asphalt Pavements, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, People, Safety, Utah, Washington, Wyoming

Platooning Continues to Be Put Under Microscope at Federal Level

The effects of truck platooning on the nation’s infrastructure continues to be studied, federal officials told the American Society of Civil Engineers’ International Conference on Transportation and Development here. Derek Constable, a bridge management engineer for the Federal Highway Administration, said the agency has a research project underway to investigate platooning’s impact on structural safety,… Continue reading Platooning Continues to Be Put Under Microscope at Federal Level

2019, California, People, Safety, Washington

Six Western State DOTs Win Prestigious Awards For Projects That Strengthen Communities And Improve Lives

Eight transportation projects from six western state departments of transportation today received top honors in the regional America’s Transportation Awards competition. Some of today’s winning projects are credited with improving safety for schoolchildren, protecting wildlife habitats and restoring access to communities after massive mudslides. Click here to see the winners from the Western Association of State… Continue reading Six Western State DOTs Win Prestigious Awards For Projects That Strengthen Communities And Improve Lives

2019, California, People

CalAPA Hosts Contractors Membership Dinner

On May 14, 38 representatives of the California Asphalt Pavement Association gathered for an evening of networking, education, and outstanding cuisine at the famed Los Angeles steakhouse, the Dal Rae at the association’s first regional dinner of 2019. CalAPA has both a Southern California Paving Contractors Committee and a Northern California Paving Contractors Committee and… Continue reading CalAPA Hosts Contractors Membership Dinner

2019, Alaska, Arizona, Asphalt Pavements, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, People, Utah, Washington, Wyoming

Oregon lawmaker introduces bill to raise gas tax, eventually linking it to inflation

Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., Tuesday introduced the Rebuild America Act of 2019, which would incrementally increase the federal gasoline and diesel taxes to invest in America’s infrastructure. The legislation raises the fuels tax by five cents a year over five years, indexes it to inflation, and establishes Congress’ intention to replace it with a more… Continue reading Oregon lawmaker introduces bill to raise gas tax, eventually linking it to inflation

2019, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, People, Utah, Washington, Wyoming

Survey: Recruiting, Retaining New Workers Becoming More Difficult for State Governments

U.S. state governments face growing challenges attracting, building and retaining critically important talent and workforce skills, according to research by the National Association of State Chief Administrators, conducted in collaboration with global consulting company Accenture and human resources provider NEOGOV. According to the report, chief administrators and HR directors find “difficulty attracting new employees” as… Continue reading Survey: Recruiting, Retaining New Workers Becoming More Difficult for State Governments

2019, California, Sustainability

Caltrans to Use EPDs in Pilot Tests

Last month, the California Asphalt Pavement Association (CalAPA) hosted a webinar on environmental product declarations (EPDs). During the webinar, the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) announced an initial list of four asphalt pavement projects that will request EPDs as part of the bid. This is part of a pilot project designed to allow Caltrans to… Continue reading Caltrans to Use EPDs in Pilot Tests

2018, Alaska, American Samoa, Arizona, Asphalt Pavements, California, CNMI, Colorado, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Pavement Treatments, Utah, Washington, Wyoming

NAPA Issues New Thinlay Guidance

Thinlays are a suite of thin-asphalt overlays designed specifically for pavement preservation. With Thinlays, agencies can extend the life of pavements that are in good to fair condition, decreasing life-cycle costs, improving ride, and decreasing roadway noise. The guide, Thinlays for Pavement Preservation (Information Series 141), provides comprehensive guidance on the proper use of Thinlays,… Continue reading NAPA Issues New Thinlay Guidance