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This Quarter's Iowa Asphalt Report features the following:
Full-Depth Reclamation:  Environmentally Insightful Engineering
Sign Up Now Open for APAI Golf Outings
Brad Manatt Inducted into Iowa HMA Hall of Fame
2014 APAI Quality Paving Awards
APAI Awards Scholarships for 2015-2016
APAI Road Rehab Clinics Highlight Opportunities for Engineers
APAI Welcomes New Members



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.

APAI Annual Convention Races to the Future

The APAI Annual Convention held on December 3-4 at the WDM Marriott boasted tremendous speakers, record attendance, record money raised for the APAI Scholarship Fund and perhaps a record amount of fun. This year’s convention was themed 0-60: Racing to the Future and the attendees heard from speakers regarding the future of highway funding, the future of high recycled mixes, the future of the IDOT initiatives and how asphalt might be constructed and tested in the future. The future looks bright for Iowa’s asphalt industry and the Asphalt Paving Association of Iowa as we head into our 60th year in 2015! The APAI Quality Awards luncheon saw the “Best of the Best” of Iowa’s asphalt projects recognized. Brad Manatt, President of Manatts, Inc and former President of the APAI, was inducted into the Iowa Hot Mix Asphalt Hall of Fame with an inspiring testimonial. Thursday night’s silent and live auction, benefiting the APAI Scholarship Fund, was able to raise over $33,000 for Iowa’s universities construction and civil engineer students! A special thanks to all of our attendees, our tremendous line-up of speakers and to Iowa’s asphalt contractors and vendors for their generous support of the APAI Scholarship Fund.

We would like to recognize a few individuals for their help in making this event such a great success: Scott Newhard, Iowa AGC; Sen. Tim Kapucian, Sen. Matt McCoy, Rep. Josh Byrnes; John Adam, Greg Mulder and Dr. Scott Schram of the Iowa DOT; Dr. Chris Williams of ISU; Signe Reinhelt, Behnke Testing; Jeff Burroughs and the Burroughs Consulting Team; Tom Manning and Matt Brown of Bob Brown Auto; Tom Norcross, Jim Hawk Truck Trailers; Danielle Hargens, OMG Midwest; Tania Rosener; Royce Fichtner, Larry Mattusch and Minnie Coree of the APAI.

If the APAI members can celebrate 59 years in this style, wait until you see what we can do with 60 years to celebrate! Click here to see photos from the event…



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.

 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! 



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 Western Iowa Golf Outing
Date:  August 25, 2015
Location:  Majestic Hills GC
     Denison, IA 

For out of town golfers, a block of rooms has been reserved at the Boulders Inn and Suites in Denison located next to the golf course for the evening of August 24, 2015.  Call 712-263-2200 (ask for in-house reservations) and request the "Asphalt Paving Association of Iowa" block.

Click here to register.
APAI Eastern Iowa Golf Outing
Date:  September 2, 2015
(postponement date)

Location: Pleasant Valley GC,
      Iowa City, IA 
Cost:  $75/player:  $300 / foursome

Click here to register.  
Bio-Polymer Processing Facility Dedication
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
3:00 pm - 5:00 p.m.
Program 3:30 p.m.
BioCentury Research Farm
1327 U Avenue, Boone, IA

APAI Iowa / Iowa State Tailgater
Date:  September 12, 2015 - Saturday
Location;  Iowa State University (Parking space to be announced).
APAI 60th Anniversary Annual Convention
Date:  December 2-3, 2015
Location:  West Des Moines Marriott 
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.