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Add Horsepower to America's Economic Engine: Pass a Real Transportation Bill (Op-Ed)

In the next few hours, Congress can transform a crisis into a remarkable opportunity. The American economy is like a racehorse waiting at the gates, ready to burst onto the track and leave all its competitors in the dust. Yesterday's GDP report provides further evidence that our economy has the makings of a Kentucky Derby winner -- if only we give it the opportunity.
Huffington Post


This Quarter's Iowa Asphalt Report features the following:
Cold In-Place Recycling:  The Myster Unveiled
This Old Road:  Interstate 80 MP 174 - MP 183
Save the Date:  59th APAI Annual Convention
Brown Deer Golf Outing Sees $10,000 Hole-In One!
Summer Meeting Shines at Okoboji


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.

RANDY STARR (1961-2014)


Former Asphalt Paving Association of Iowa (APAI ) President, Randy Starr, died on Friday, June 20 at his home in Thomson, IL. Randy worked for Determann Asphalt for 37 years starting out as a laborer at the age of 16. He served on the APAI Board of Directors for six years and was the President of the Association in 2009. Randy Starr was a leader, a mentor, an innovator and a tireless promoter for asphalt and the Asphalt Paving Association of Iowa. During his time on the APAI Board of Directors, he led the subcommittee on RAP and through his direct efforts the “Certified RAP” classification was added and the use of this material now matches the same usage as “Classified” RAP. This has changed the landscape of Iowa’s Asphalt Industry forever. Randy was a passionate man. He gave everything for what he believed in: his family and friends, his job and Iowa’s asphalt industry. He has left the world a better place than what he found it. Our heart and prayers go to his wife, Linda, his children, Katie and Matt and all the friends and family that mourn his loss. Rest in Peace Randy Starr, you will be missed by everyone who knew you.

APAI Board Announces Mike Yonker as New APAI Director

The APAI Board of Directors today announced the selection of Mike Yonker as an APAI Director. Mr. Yonker is the General Manager of Grimes Asphalt and Paving Corporation and will fulfill the term vacated by Director Kyle Rohlk. Mr. Yonker has a long history of involvement with the APAI, serving on various committees over the years including serving on the Board of Directors from 2001-2002. Please congratulate Mike and welcome him and his lovely wife Tanya back to sunny Iowa!

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!


Iowa DOT Announces Organizational Changes
Dr. Scott Schram to Lead Pavement Management Team

The Iowa DOT announced today that the Pavement Design Section will move from the Office of Design to the Office of Construction and Materials.The Office of Construction and Materials will oversee pavement management functions with continued support from Highway Division Offices and the Performance and Technology Division. Dr. Scott Schram will lead the Pavement Management Team and will continue in his role as the IDOT Bituminous Engineer.

2014 Greater Iowa Asphalt Conference Breaks Attendance Records for Fifth Straight Year

The 2014 Greater Iowa Asphalt Conference (GIAC) broke its attendance record for the fifth straight year as nearly 600 asphalt enthusiasts spent three days learning about what makes the Iowa’s asphalt roadways, contractors and agency personnel exceptional. Invited speakers delivered the message to attendees that the “Opportunity is Now” for asphalt to be the pavement of choice for Iowa’s state, county and city roadways. 

The 2014 Greater Iowa Asphalt Conference began on Wednesday with three concurrent pre-conference workshops: the Iowa DOT Specification Update, Safety in the Workzone and Utilizing Practical Life Cycle Cost Analysis were all presented by the industries’ brightest stars. The early attendees enjoyed the “Working Man’s Break following the sessions and had a chance to meet with the dozen exhibitors who had already set up their booths.

APAI Executive Vice President, Bill Rosener, welcomed the attendees to Thursday’s session with a speech on the pride that Iowa’s asphalt contractors bring to the State of Iowa, “In the past fifteen years, little tiny Iowa, epicenter of the giant Portland Concrete Cement Industry, has won the Sheldon G Hayes Award for the best asphalt paving project in the nation three times, had finalists five additional times, including Heartland Asphalt this year; by five different Iowa asphalt contractors.” said Rosener, “That makes all of you THE BEST in the nation.”

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

 APAI August Open Houses

The dates and locations of the APAI Open Houses are be to decided at this time. This year's open houses will feature PCC demolition, Perpetual Pavement Paving, and Asphalt Interlayer Paving. Please stay tuned for more information.
 APAI / Crawford County WMA Open House
 Date:  August 25, 2014
Time:  2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Location to Meet:
     Majestic Hills Golf Course
     2505 Boulders Drive
     Denison, IA

A bus will be provided to transport those attending to the project site and to the plant for a visit.

2014 Western APAI Golf Outing
:  August 26, 2014
LocationMajestic Hills Golf Course
     2505 Boulders Dr.
     Denison, IA 51442
Time: 9:00 A.M. Shotgun Start

To register for the Western Golf Outing click here.

Lodging:  If going to Denison the night before, you may need to make a reservation in either Carroll or Harlan as all motels in Denison appear to be full.

APAI/Burroughs Consulting Group Tailgater
Date:  September 13, 2014
Location: RV Lot 75, space 3
           (West of the new practice facility)
Time:  9 a.m. - ???
            2:30 p.m. Game time
Come support your team at the ISU/U of I annual rumble.  Be true to your school!

Click here for more information.

To RSVP, call Minnie Coree at 515-233-0015 or e-mail here at apai@apai.net .
2014 Strategic Asphalt Committee Field Trip 
Dates:  September 24-25, 2014
Location:  Tour of Nowrthwest Iowa
     Overnight at Hilton Garden Inn - Sioux
     Hotel Block presently available:until Aug 17, 2014.  After which the room block will not be available, call 712-255-4200 to make your reservation and ask for the APAI block.
     More information will follow.
 APAI 59th Annual Convention
  December 3-4, 2014
     West Des Moines Marriott
     West Des Moines, IA
Click here to make room reservations.
County Engineers Convention
  December 9-11, 2014
Location:      Scheman Bldg,, ISU  
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.