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This Quarter's Iowa Asphalt Report features the following:
The Right Tool for the Job:  Part 1 of a 2 part series
This Old Road:  Hwy 31 in Cherokee County
APAI Open Houses Highlight the Best and Brightest
APAI Welcomes New Members

O’Brien County Open House is a Hot Ticket

On a cold and blustery day in NW Iowa, nearly fifty county, city and consulting engineers came to see the hottest ticket in Portland concrete cement (PCC) road rehabilitation, the asphalt interlayer. An Open House hosted by O’Brien County, Tri-State Paving and the Asphalt Paving Association of Iowa (APAI) was held on Friday, October 10 on county Road B-14, approximately five miles north of Sheldon, IA. “I’m excited by the amount of interest in the asphalt interlayer,” said Jeremy Anderson, General Manager of Tri-State Paving. “This is our first time designing and placing this material, none the less, the mix design process went smoothly, the asphalt looks great and the paving operation is the same as traditional hot-mix asphalt (HMA), except that you only static roll the mat.” ....read more.

Click here to view the Open House Slide Show.

Dubuque Asphalt Interlayer Open House:
“Build It and They Will Come”


  Three years ago, the City of Dubuque Engineering and River City Paving (RCP) ventured forth to try a new construction method on busy Central Ave., an arterial street in downtown Dubuque, Iowa. Faced with huge costs to reconstruct hundreds of bad Portland Concrete Cement (PCC) joints, the two entities decided that the rehabilitation of Central Ave. should utilize an asphalt interlayer to reduce the reflective cracking of an asphalt overlay over an aging PCC roadway. The project and the process were both a success. It worked so well that Dubuque Civil Engineer, Jon Dienst, decided to use the same construction method on Central Ave.’s one-way counterpart, White Street. “We saw a significant decrease in both the number and severity of reflective cracks compared to our traditional asphalt overlays,” said Dienst.” .....read more.

To view the pictures of this open house, click here.

Full-Depth Reclamation is Just the Ticket for a Jefferson County Highway

The Jefferson Co. Full-Depth Reclamation Open House held on Monday, Sept. 8 attracted dozens of interested groups from across Iowa’s asphalt industry and local agencies. The event was a cooperative effort between Norris Asphalt Paving of Ottumwa, IA, the Jefferson County Engineer’s Office and the Asphalt Paving Association of Iowa (APAI). The open house featured the incorporation of C-Stone, a partially hydrated fly ash, to a depth of twelve inches utilizing the full-depth reclamation process on Jefferson Co. road H33. The existing roadway was a hodge-podge of sealcoat, thin asphalt sections, full-depth asphalt patches and was literally a mess ..... read more.

For the Full story and pictures, click here.

 Crawford Co. Warm Mix Open House is a Cool Hit

 Crawford County and Henningsen Construction, Inc. joined together with the Asphalt Paving Association of Iowa for an open house on August 25 to highlight the environmental and construction benefits of utilizing warm-mix asphalt (WMA). The seven mile project on E16 just north and west of Denison, IA is utilizing six inches of WMA to provide a long-term solution to the PCC pavement that was crack and seated and then overlaid in 1997. “This road has been a problem child for us. We looked at several options to rehabilitate this stretch, including total reconstruction, but the costs were too extraordinary. In addition, I wanted to provide additional safety measures by paving the shoulders and adding rumble strips,” said Crawford County Engineer, Paul Assman. ”Using asphalt provided us with the best cost benefit and allowed us to keep the road open to traffic.”  (read more)

Click here to view the WMA project in operation.

 Denison's Majestic Hills Golf Brings Out the Very Best!

What an event! The APAI golf outing held August 26 at the picturesque Majestic Hills Golf Course was a SPECTACULAR success. Over 130 golfers attended the 4-person best ball tournament, but best of all, the event raised over $4000 for the APAI Scholarship Fund! The golfers played, celebrated, and won fabulous prizes during this sun-kissed event. ...Click here to read more!

To view the event pictorially, click here.



Summer Meeting Shines at Okoboji

The 6th Annual APAI Summer Meeting was another great success for this wonderful event. APAI Contractor, Consulting Engineer and Associate Members gathered at the Bridges Bay resort in Okoboji for two days of fun and fellowship. APAI thanks Toby Shine of the Classic Car Museum in Arnold Park for his hospitality as our members view his magnificent car collection. If you haven’t made it to this event yet, make sure to get it on your calendar for next year! Click here to see the rest of the event in photos! 

Brown Deer Golf Course Outing Highlighted by $10,000 Win!

What an event! The APAI Golf Outing held on June 25th at the spectacular Brown Deer Golf Course in Coralville was a HUGE success!. Over 120 golfers attended the four-person best ball tournament, but best of all, the event raised over $2300 for the APAI Scholarship fund. The golfers played, celebrated, and won fabulous prizes at this sun-kissed outing. ....read more.

To see pictures of the full event, click here.

Norris Asphalt Announced with Two 2014 Sheldon G. Hayes Second Round Qualifiers

On April 14th, NAPA released the names of six highway paving projects that are eligible to move on to the second round of competition for the 2014 Sheldon G. Hayes Award. Two of the projects named are here in Iowa. The projects are US Route 34 in Wapello County and US Route 169 in Madison County constructed by Norris Asphalt Paving Co. of Ottumwa. The US Route 169 project was the winner of the 2013 Primary Resurfacing - 2-Lane - Rural QMA Award which was presented at the APAI Annual Convention in December. Norris Asphalt was the winner of the Sheldon G. Hayes Award in 2001 and have been finalists for the award 4 times. Congratulations for the excellent work by the Norris Asphalt crews!



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 59th Annual Convention
  December 3-4, 2014
     West Des Moines Marriott
     West Des Moines, IA

To register, click here.

Click here for information about sponsorship opportunities.

Click here to make room reservations.(no rooms available at the West Des Moines Marriott.)
County Engineers Convention
  December 9-11, 2014
Location:      Scheman Bldg,, ISU  
 APAI Annual Holiday Open House
   Thursday, December 18, 2014
     APAI Offices
     116 Clark Avenue, Ste C
     Ames, IA
     3:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Come and enjoy the merriment of the Holiday Season with the APAI Staff and their families, as we celebrate with good food, fine drinks, and excellent comaraderie! 
2015 Greater Iowa Asphalt Conference/Expo (GIAC)
     Preconference:  March 4, 2015
     Conference:  March 5-6, 2015
     Holiday Inn Des Moies Airport Convention & Conference Center


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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.