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

Study: Plastic Use in Asphalt Pavements Showing Promising Results

Plastics Industry Association and NCAT study shows that asphalt formulations using recycled polyethylene (rPE) film recovered from retail locations could achieve many of the same benefits of traditional polymer-modified asphalt formulations. Click here for complete article from For Construction Pros.com You can read the full NCAT and WRI study here.  Conclusions from the study:Although this… Continue reading Study: Plastic Use in Asphalt Pavements Showing Promising Results

2020, Colorado, People

Navigating and Adjusting to COVID-19’s Economic Impacts

by Mike Skinner, P.E., Director of Engineering, CAPA With trillions of dollars lost across the global economy within the last few months, economic recovery is the world’s top priority. In early spring, the United States had the strongest economy in its history with record unemployment and the highest stock market recorded. However, within two months… Continue reading Navigating and Adjusting to COVID-19’s Economic Impacts

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

Highway Funding Essential to Moving America Forward Amid Pandemic

Due to COVID-19’s negative impact on transportation revenues, states are delaying and even cancelling projects, making immediate federal highway funding crucial to protecting jobs and maintaining our roadways. Greenbelt, Maryland — As jobless claims exceed 20 million amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the asphalt pavement industry, as part of the broader transportation infrastructure sector, has continued… Continue reading Highway Funding Essential to Moving America Forward Amid Pandemic

2020, Asphalt Pavements, Colorado, People

Colorado Dept. of Transportation Selected as 2020 Colorado Owner of the Year

Shoshana Lew, CDOT executive director thought instead of starting with the age-old question of “how do we pay for it?” the agency is asking “what challenges do we face as a community and what infrastructure investments will help solve them?” She believes that reframing the question has helped prioritize the agency’s investments to maximize the… Continue reading Colorado Dept. of Transportation Selected as 2020 Colorado Owner of the Year

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

Experts Offer Best Practices for Coronavirus Response

Fletcher, who has been in the field of emergency management for 40 years, stressed the importance of building relationships with disaster mitigation workers and policymakers — preferably before a crisis event occurs. “The role of the policymakers is critical. It’s critical in preparedness. It’s critical in response,” Fletcher said. “Having a good relationship is a… Continue reading Experts Offer Best Practices for Coronavirus Response

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

2020, Colorado

Communicating Budget Funding Solutions with Elected Officials

As the public spotlight continues being directed toward transportation funding, local agencies are feeling the pressure to maintain the millions of dollars of existing in-place street infrastructure that they own and manage. Transportation Asset Management is not sexy, it doesn’t give elected officials the opportunity for a ribbon cutting event for a new city park… Continue reading Communicating Budget Funding Solutions with Elected Officials

2020, Asphalt Pavements, Colorado, People, Safety

Colorado DOT Creates Operations Center To Manage 18-Mile Construction Zone

The Gap is the longest construction zone in the state. “There’s incidents in all construction zones. This one’s just a long stretch of road, and not many interchanges,” said Jori Ernst, CDOT’s Section 10 Superintendent. “So there could be a 4-5 mile stretch where there’s no interchanges.” To help mitigate issues that pop up in… Continue reading Colorado DOT Creates Operations Center To Manage 18-Mile Construction Zone

2019, Colorado, Safety

A look behind the scenes of CDOT’s rockfall mitigation along I-70 (with video)

Does your state deal with rockfall mitigation? Click here to learn about the effort that the Colorado Department of Transportation made on the mountains overlooking Interstate 70 on Wednesday  They blasted a considerable portion of the rock face onto the roadway as part of the department’s ongoing rockslide mitigation work.  It was quite a complex… Continue reading A look behind the scenes of CDOT’s rockfall mitigation along I-70 (with video)