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The Illinois Center for Transportation has released a new tool for use with its recently developed protocol for measuring the durability of asphalt mixes, know as the Illinois Flexibility Index Text (I-FIT). The I-FIT and Balanced Mixed software may be downloaded from ICT's website. More information about I-FIT can be found here.
The latest video from the Asphalt Pavement Alliance highlights the advantages asphalt delivers when it comes to reducing driver delay. Whether you are talking about new construction, road improvements, or maintenance, work can be done quickly and safely on asphalt pavements with minimal delay for the travelling public...and, as the video notes, that matters. The video builds on the recently released When it Comes to Roadway Construction, Drivability Matters infographic, and includes information about the economic and social benefits asphalt provides by ensuring roads are maintained with minimal delay for drivers. The video can be viewed on the APA's YouTube Channel. The Go to Market team previously released a similar sustainability video and is working on developing additional video infographics for other drivability attributes —smoothness, safety, and noise — as well as one video that highlights all five aspects of asphalt’s drivability advantages. If you’d like a copy of "Speed of Construction Matters" for use in a presentation or at a meeting, please contact T. Carter Ross or Ester Magorka at NAPA.
This fall, Illinois voters will have a chance to protect transportation funding once and for all. There will be a Constitutional Amendment on the ballot that would require all transportation-related revenue (e.g., motor fuel tax and vehicle registration fees) to be dedicated solely to public highways, roads, streets, bridges, and mass transit. If the Amendment passes, transportation funding will be secured, and we will have the chance to make long overdue investments in our infrastructure.
Perpetual asphalt pavements have actually been built in the U.S. for generations - even before engineers articulated the concept.

Although the Perpetual Pavement concept was first articulated in 2000, many asphalt pavements that were constructed long ago function as Perpetual Pavements. For example, many full-depth and deep-strength pavements were built around the country in the 1960s and 1970s.
Research & Technology
The AASHTO Research Advisory Committee (RAC) has selected their Sweet 16 High Value Research projects for 2016, and the IDOT/ICT project Testing Protocols to Ensure Performance of High Asphalt Binder Replacement Mixes Using RAP & RAS was selected as a winning project for Region 3! This project developed and established an Illinois modified version of the Semi-circular Bend (IL-SCB) test and the determination of a flexibility index (FI), known together as the Illinois Flexibility Index Test (I-FIT).
Education & Training

September 1, 2016
2 p.m. eastern
The latest webinar in the Specialization in Asphalt Sustainability Implementation Series is now open for registration. "Opportunities — Recycled Materials: RAP and RAS" airs Thursday, Sept. 1 at 2 p.m. eastern. Attendees will learn the latest developments surrounding RAP and RAS, best practices, and agency specifications in order to produce high-quality pavements, as well as learning about the sustainable benefits that result. Dr. Randy West, Director of NCAT, and Dr. Richard Willis, NAPA Director of Pavement Engineering and Innovation, will highlight lessons learned from NAPA’s RAP tour of Japan and the latest research at NCAT. Click here to register. Contact Melanie Owens, NAPA's meetings assistant, if you have any questions regarding the webinar series. 


September 6, 2016
2 p.m. eastern
If you don't get the word out about your asphalt business and your products and services, you aren't going to have the customers you need. This webinar will give you insight into an effective plan of attack focused on the day-by-day implementation of key marketing fundamentals and how to let those that can buy from you, know about you. Click here to register.


October 19, 2016 
2 p.m. eastern
Meeting and exceeding density specifications is critical to success on today's paving jobs. Learn how to establish and maintain an effective rolling pattern; ways to pinpoint causes of poor density; and how to manage the compaction operation in the face of unplanned events. Click here to register.

November 2-3, 2016
Ann Arbor, Michigan
The 7th Rubber Modified Asphalt Conference is hosted by the Scrap Tire Research and Education Foundation, the Rubber Manufacturers Association, the Rubber Pavements Association, and the Rubber Division of the American Chemical Society. NAPA is a co-host of the conference. The conference agenda highlights current experiences and new research on rubber-modified asphalt pavements. Sessions include: "Rubber Modified Asphalt — History and Overcoming Perceptions," "How States Implement Rubber Modified Asphalt," "How Terminals Deliver Rubber Into Binders and Why," "Contractors' Case Studies: What Contractors Need to Consider in Using Rubber Modified Asphalt," "Binder Testing and Standards Barriers to Rubber Modified Asphalt," and an "FHWA Guidebook Update." The conference also includes networking opportunities and a keynote luncheon featuring a speaker from the FHWA. For more information and to register, click here.


August 24, 2016
10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
IDOT Highways Joint Co-op
Springfield, IL
December 12, 2016
QC Managers
Champaign, IL
September 6, 2016
IAPA Board Meeting
Oak Brook Hills Resort
Oakbrook, IL
December 12-13, 2016
Bituminous Paving Conference
Champaign, IL
September 7, 2016
IRTBA General Membership Meeting
January 29 – February 1, 2017
NAPA Convention
Orlando, FL
September 16, 2016
IDOT Letting
February 28 – March 1, 2017
T.H.E. Conference
University of IL, Champaign, IL
September 22-24, 2016
NAPA IMPACT Leadership Group
Chicago, IL
March 7-11, 2017
Las Vegas, NV
October 25, 2016
IRTBA General Membership Meeting
March 13-14, 2017
IAPA Annual Meeting

November 15, 2016
IAPA Board Meeting
Double Tree Hotel
Springfield., IL
April 3–5, 2017
East Peoria, IL




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