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Dick Butkus to be Keynote Speaker at 60th Annual Convention

Dick Butkus has had an interesting career on and off the football field. In the NFL he played linebacker for the Chicago Bears from 1965-1973. Following an extremely successful pro career, the Bears retired his number (51), and he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1979. Butkus has appeared in twelve movies, in numerous television series and specials, in over 200 television commercials, and has worked as a sports analyst.  Click on the video link above to hear his personal invitation to all to attend the APAI 60th Annual Convention.  Register by clicking here.



This Quarter's Iowa Asphalt Report features the following:
Paving Small Town Iowa
This Old Road - Hwy 136
60th Annual APAI Convention:  SAVE THE DATE
Dick Butkus to be Keynote Speaker at 60 Anniversary APAI Convention
Summer Meeting on the "Big Muddy"



APAI Road Rehab Clinics Highlight Opportunities for Engineers

The APAI Road Rehab Clinics gave nearly 200 attendees in Council Bluffs, Burlington, Bettendorf, Mason City, Dubuque and Cedar Rapids the chance to hear from their peers on the opportunities that asphalt gives in rehabilitating a multitude of roadway problems. City, county and consulting engineers presented on projects that they had successfully completed using cold-in-place recycling, crack and seat, modified and full rubblization, full-depth reclamation and the asphalt interlayer. “The projects highlighted by these engineers are a testament to the versatility, durability and sustainability of asphalt,” said Bill Rosener, Executive Vice President of the APAI. “It is also a testament to the fact that Portland Cement Concrete pavements are costly and hard to rehabilitate. It is time for today’s young engineers to construct with full-depth Perpetual Pavements made of asphalt. Rehabilitation is a simple mill and fill of the surface course every 20-25 years. The public is happy because they aren’t inconvenienced and the taxpayers get a better bang for their bucks.” If your engineering staff is interested in learning more, contact Minnie at the APAI at 515-233-0015 or apai@apai.net to set up a lunch and learn.

To view more pictures of these clinics, click here.

Greater Iowa Asphalt Conference and Equipment Expo Wows the Crowd

The 2015 Greater Iowa Asphalt Conference and Equipment Expo held March 4-6 at the Des Moines Airport Holiday Inn Convention Center was this conferences’ biggest and best event ever. Nearly 650 attendees spent two days exploring the newest in asphalt technologies and equipment in the newly renovated Convention Center. The theme for this year’s event was 60 years: A Commitment to Excellence and the conference delivered on the theme with excellent speakers, excellent topics and the excellent new Equipment Expo. (Read the full article see the event pictures by clicking here).

 Sioux City Journal:  January 13, 2015

OUR OPINION:  Is this the year for action on roads, bridges?

We are cautiously optimistic this will be the year for action by the Legislature and Gov. Terry Branstad on more funding for Iowa's roads and bridges.

Rhetoric from state lawmakers and Branstad in the weeks leading up to this year's legislative session, which began Monday, gives us encouragement the issue is, indeed, a 2015 priority.

For example, consider these two comments made prior to a meeting on the subject between legislative leaders and Branstad last week:
"I continue to believe that there's broad, deep, bipartisan support for this.  It's probably the best opportunity to get it done," said Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal, D-Council Bluffs. .........  read more.







Street Rules: The little-known story of pavement 
How extreme weather, rivalries and cutting-edge research shape Iowa roads 
By B.A. Morelli, The Gazette 

 Add Horsepower to America's Economic Engine: Pass a Real Transportation Bill (Op-Ed)
Huffington Post, 7/31/14

APAI Open House:  Warren County Road G-76 Rubblization Project:  Rubblization, Rock Interlayer and Asphalt Overlay Demonstration Project
Date: September 1, 2015 (Tuesday)
Time:  10:00 a.m. - 12:00 PM
Location:  Meet at Henningsen Plant Site on Hwy 65 two miles north of G-76 on east side of the road.

Participants are asked to bring their own protective vests, hard hats, and steel-toed boots.
APAI Eastern Iowa Golf Outing
Date:  September 2, 2015
(postponement date)

Location: Pleasant Valley GC,
      Iowa City, IA 
Time:  10 a.m. Shotgun start
Cost:  $75/player:  $300 / foursome

Click here to register.  
APAI 60th Anniversary Annual Convention
Date:  December 2-3, 2015
Location:  West Des Moines Marriott 

To register click here.
2015 County Engineers Conference
Date:  December 8-10, 2015
Location:  Scheman Center, ISU 
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An asphalt road is an engineered pavement structure built primarily of Hot Mix Asphalt. Hot Mix Asphalt is the mixing together of quality aggregates (rocks & sand) and asphalt cement (that's the hot, black, sticky stuff) to hold those aggregates together. learn more The asphalt is incredibly strong cement, readily adhesive, highly waterproof, and extremely durable.