2021, Asphalt Pavements, Washington

First National APA “Perpetual Pavement, by Conversion” Award

The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) finds long-term success with perpetual pavement design in Skagit County. In 2010, a stretch of I-5 in Skagit County, Washington, was in dire need of rehabilitation. A 1993 asphalt maintenance overlay proved insufficient, suffering severe reflective cracking caused by the joints of the original underlying concrete pavement. WSDOT… Continue reading First National APA “Perpetual Pavement, by Conversion” Award

2021, Alaska, Arizona, Asphalt Pavements, California, Colorado, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming

Drivers used to pay for roads. Washington is killing that idea.

Ever wonder the gas tax has not increased since 1993? Click here to find out why in this article by POLITICO. Excerpt: The reason is simple math: The gasoline tax that bankrolls the federal Highway Trust Fund is politically untouchable, leading lawmakers and presidents of both parties to balk at raising it since 1993. But… Continue reading Drivers used to pay for roads. Washington is killing that idea.

2021, Asphalt Pavements, Hawaii, People

HDOT Changes Plans For Farrington Highway Bypass After Community Protests

Community concerns result in changes in Hawaii DOT plans. Residents along Farrington Highway from Kaena point to Makaha Beach will see lane closures, a weekend traffic detour and at least one day where the highway is completely closed while the Hawaii Department of Transportation replaces two bridges near Makaha Beach Park. “The community was understandably… Continue reading HDOT Changes Plans For Farrington Highway Bypass After Community Protests

2021, Alaska, Arizona, Asphalt Pavements, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Sustainability, Utah, Washington, Wyoming

Got face masks? Make a road!

What now! Wondering what to do with those millions and millions of disposable face masks that people have been wearing during the pandemic — and then disposing of basically wherever they please? Why not make a new road? “The face masks have some amazing properties, including high tensile strengths and ductility,” Li explains. As a… Continue reading Got face masks? Make a road!

2021, Asphalt Pavements, Hawaii

Senate Bill Would Make It Harder To Scrutinize Government Contract Awards, Critics Say

State officials say the measure would speed up the cumbersome procurement process, but others worry it would make legitimate bid appeals unaffordable. Does Senate Bill 1329, goes too far, stripping away the necessary oversight of how public agencies award multi-million dollar contracts to private bidders and creating a situation in which backroom deals and corruption… Continue reading Senate Bill Would Make It Harder To Scrutinize Government Contract Awards, Critics Say

2021, Asphalt Pavements

Running deflection testing in tandem optimized an airport runway assessment

As part of their pavement management program, airport officials at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport in Austin, Texas, coupled two types of deflection tests to assess the condition of one of its runways. This pairing allowed them to determine whether partial rehabilitation or a complete and costly reconstruction would be necessary. Click here to discover what they… Continue reading Running deflection testing in tandem optimized an airport runway assessment

2021, Asphalt Pavements, Safety, Washington

Asphalt Barrier Prevents Contaminants in the Soil from Reaching Groundwater

For the past several years, the WAPA Paving Innovation Awards have been dominated by the ever-increasing use of porous pavements. For instance, last year, street paving jobs at Gonzaga University for the City of Spokane and in Tacoma on East 40th Street took home the prizes. Porous asphalt is a favorite material for reducing the… Continue reading Asphalt Barrier Prevents Contaminants in the Soil from Reaching Groundwater

2021, Alaska, Arizona, Asphalt Pavements, California, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming

FAA Supports Airport Improvement Projects With $630m In Grants

Many airfields are constructed using asphalt pavements. It's good news to hear about the FAA's $630 million in grants. The FAA grants go to major US airports that hundreds of millions of passengers pass through each year and to minor airports that only see a few flights per day and some airports that receive essential… Continue reading FAA Supports Airport Improvement Projects With $630m In Grants

2021, Alaska, Arizona, Asphalt Pavements, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming

Martin Marietta Materials CEO is bullish as he expects more federal spending on roads

KEY POINTS- The Biden administration is expected to focus on infrastructure spending after a new Covid-19 stimulus bill is signed.- Martin Marietta Materials CEO Ward Nye said he welcomed the White House's efforts, which come during a booming homebuilding market. Martin Marietta Materials CEO Ward Nye was optimistic about his company's prospects on Monday as… Continue reading Martin Marietta Materials CEO is bullish as he expects more federal spending on roads