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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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Iowa Good Roads Calls on Lawmakers to Act

Billboard campaign urges transportation bill passage to fund Iowa infrastructure improvements

DES MOINES, Iowa — The condition of Iowa’s infrastructure is deteriorating at a rapid rate. According to the Federal Highway Administration, Iowa ranks 38th nationally in overall road conditions and one in five of the state’s bridges are structurally deficient. The average age of the state’s deficient bridges is 69 years. National research organization TRIP sites over 40 percent of Iowa’s roads need repair. Poor road conditions are a factor in one-third of Iowa traffic fatalities. ... click here to read more.



This Quarter's Iowa Asphalt Report features the following:

Get In. Get it Done. Get Out!

DeWayne Heintz Named APAI Member of the Year

Larry Mattusch Receives ICEA Lifetime Achievement Award

Asphalt Pavement Smoothness:  Quantifying the Environmental Impacts

APAI 58th Annual Convention Sets New Records for Attendance and Scholarship Money

APAI Greater Iowa Asphalt Conference Highlights


New! APAI  Web-Based Training Now IDOT Approved Plant Operation Workshop.. Stretch your training dollars.

 In APAI's quest to serve their membership, APAI is expanding the their services to include training programs.  EVP Bill Rosener became acquainted with our Web-Based Training, Bill was disappointed to find that CIT funding did not include on-line training for Iowa Mix Producers. Bill lobbied the IDOT to look carefully at the Web-Based Training provided by Clarence Richard Company. After review, the IDOT quickly approved the Clarence Richard Company Web-Based Plant Operation Workshop Training...continue reading.

Larry Mattusch Receives ICEA Lifetime Achievement Award

APAI Field Engineer Larry Mattusch was recognized by his peers in the Iowa County Engineers Association with the Lifetime Achievement Award at last week’s annual convention. Larry is one of only five Iowa County Engineers to ever receive the prestigious award. The Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to an individual in recognition of a lifetime of service dedicated to the advancement of the profession of civil engineering, through lengthy service and commitment to his peers, unwavering support of local, state, and national professional organizations, and tireless service as a community role model. ..Read More
APAI 58th Annual Convention Sets New Records for Attendance and Scholarship Money

The 58th Asphalt Paving Association of Iowa Convention held December 4-5 at the West Des Moines Marriott topped all-time attendance records with over 320 attendees and raised over $20,700 for the APAI Scholarship Fund. “We really couldn’t be prouder” said APAI Executive Vice President, Bill Rosener, “our members continue to give of their time to support the APAI and their money to help the next generation of engineers in the construction industry. The APAI is stronger than it has ever been with over 130 members, active participation in our committees, and last year, the APAI and its Member scholarships were able to give out 25 scholarships, totaling $26,150.” .... read more.

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 B-20 Open House Rock ‘n Roll’s to a Great Crowd

Cerro Gordo County Engineering and Heartland Asphalt hosted a Perpetual Pavement Open House October 9, 2013 on County Rd B-20 to an enthralled crowd. The five mile project utilized the old PCC road to crush as a drainable modified subbase, facilitating the subdrains placed a year earlier. The crushed PCC base will have 8” of hot-mix asphalt placed in three lifts. The intermediate (2.5”) and surface (1.5”) lifts will be placed 24’ wide to eliminate the longitudinal joint. This road will never need to be reconstructed. The bus tour was led by Cerro Gordo Co Engineer, Mary Kelly and Heartland Asphalt President, George Jessen. The duo was able to describe the rehabilitation methods used to repair the failed PCC pavements on the surrounding county roads. In addition to a great demonstration by the Heartland crew, the open house attendees got a chance to visit the site of Buddy Holly's fateful plane crash in 1959. As Buddy Holly once wrote….

My love a-bigger than a cadillac
I try to show it and you drive a-me back
Your love for me a-got to be real
For you to know just how I feel
A love for real not fade away


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Heartland Asphalt Named Finalist for Sheldon G. Hayes Award

The National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) announced on Monday, October 7, 2013 that Heartland Asphalt of Mason City, Iowa and the Iowa DOT had been named one of four finalists for the Sheldon G. Hayes Award for their 2012 project on State Highway 14 in Butler County.

The Sheldon G. Hayes Award is awarded each year for the best asphalt paving project in America. Iowa contractors have done exceptionally well over the last 13 years with four different asphalt contractors being nominated, five project finalists , and three Sheldon G. Hayes Award winners. This year’s  award winner will be announced at the NAPA convention on Feb 5, 2014 in Boca Raton FL .

Congratulations to Heartland Asphalt for a job well done.



Carroll Country Club Golf Brings Out the Best!

What an event! The APAI golf outing held August 28 at the beautiful Carroll Country Club was a HUGE success. Over 130 golfers attended the 4-person best ball tournament, but best of all, the event raised $2800 for the APAI Scholarship Fund! The golfers played, celebrated, and won fabulous prizes during this sun-kissed event. ...read more.

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On August 23 at the Asphalt Interlayer Open House north of Adel, IA on Hwy 169, crews from Des Moines Asphalt demonstrated a unique, one-inch, highly-elastic asphalt layer that will retard PCC reflective cracks from coming through an asphalt overlay.  This open house complemented the first open house held last year on I-35 near Mason City. (Click here to read about that process.  Attendees were impressed with the strength and elastic properties of the asphalt interlyaer.  Uses ranging from municipal streets to high volume interstates and highways were discussed.  For more information on this revolutionary product please contact the APAI offices at 515-233-0015 or apai@apai.net.  Special thanks to Des Moines Asphalt, IDOT District 4, IDOT Materials and Construction offices, Iowa State University, and all of our attendees for making this event such a huge success.

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“Barefoot in ‘Boji” Cruises to a Great Success

On July 18-19, 2014 over 65 members of the asphalt family came together for a day of relaxation, an evening dinner cruise, and camaraderie at the Bridges Bay Resort on the shores of East Okoboji Lake in Okoboji. The 5th Annual APAI Summer Meeting featuring the “Barefoot in ‘Boji” theme was a resounding success as this family-oriented event continues to grow. ...read more.

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First APAI Golf Outing of 2013 Another Huge Success

With a sold out crowd, the first of two APAI Golf Outings was held at the Amana Colonies Golf Course on June 25, 2013.   Fun was had by all as skills were highlighted by their long drives, long putts, and closeness to the pin.  The golfers were well protected as they used their newly released APAI Lip Balm. 

To see a slide show of this event held in Amana, click here.
“Asphalt Night” at NACE is a Huge Success

Over 500 National County Engineers Conference attendees got on buses and raced to the Iowa Speedway in Newton, IA for Asphalt Night sponsored by the APAI contractors. County Engineers from all over the country were treated to Iowa hospitality by their fellow Iowa County Engineers and the results were electric.

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The Asphalt Pavement Alliance (APA) announced today that the Iowa Department of Transportation has won a 2012 Perpetual Pavement Award for a 3.5-mile section of the northbound lanes of Highway 151 in Linn County.

To qualify for this prestigious award, a pavement must be at least 35 years old and meet strict criteria. It must demonstrate the characteristics expected from long-life asphalt pavements: excellence in design, quality in construction and value to the traveling public. Engineers at the National Center for Asphalt Technology (NCAT) evaluated the nominations and a panel of industry experts validated the winners. ...... read more.



The Register editorial: Branstad should lead on gas tax hike
Des Moines Register, Saturday, December 21, 2013.

Laird: Allowing Iowa's highways to deteriorate is an economic issue
Des Moines Register, Saturday, December 21, 2013.
by:  Rox Laird

Down the Road...Experts say Iowa needs a new Gas Tax
Dyersville Commercial, Brenden West, Wednesday, January, 29, 2013.

'Transient' asphalt companies working in Bremer County
WCF Courier.com, Friday, August 10, 2012

2014 APAI Eastern Golf Outing
     June 25, 2014
      Brown Deer Golf Course
     1900 Country Club Drive
      Coralville, IA 52241
Time:  9:00 a.m. Shotgun Start

To register for the Eastern Golf Outing, click here.
 APAI Summer Meeting
July 24-25, 2014
Location:  Bridges Bay
     Okoboji, IA

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