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Thank you, Gallagher Asphalt and Chicago Testing Lab, for supporting the Safe Roads Constitutional Amendment.

IAPA members: Vote Yes. Put Illinois' Transportation Money in a Lock Box and Keep Illinois Safe. Visit www.saferoadsamendment.com for more information.

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Membership News
At the Sept. 6, 2016 board meeting, the IAPA Board of Directors approved the following new members:
  • Cargill, Inc. as an Associate Member. Point of Contact – Dennis Deppen, denny_deppen@cargill.com, 412.992.0286
  • InstroTek/HMA Lab Supply as an Associate Member. Point of Contact – Brian O’Toole, botoole@instrotek.com, 919.740.6260
  • ProTack, LLC as an Associate Member. Point of Contact – Dawn Weist, dweist@protackil.com, 815.585.7111
Please welcome these new members in to the association.

InstroTek/HMA Lab Supply
InstroTek is proud to be the leader in products and technology development for the construction and raw materials industry. We have been setting new standards for testing and quality control for 20 years and our products, such as CoreLok and CoreDry, are well known and specified around the world for their accuracy and reliability in materials testing. We have 7 locations across the United States, including a nuclear gauge and laboratory calibration facility in Grand Rapids, Michigan, which services customers in Illinois and throughout the Midwest. Through our sister company, HMA Lab Supply, we provide a wide range of asphalt laboratory testing equipment, accessories and supplies. InstroTek and HMA Lab Supply are here to serve the industry, from sophisticated laboratory testing equipment to supplies needed for everyday lab testing.

Industry News
In August, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce released a new study in a series of reports seeking to unscramble and shed light on the federal regulatory process and the impact that this broken system has on our country.
A coalition of business, labor and construction groups is launching a statewide public education campaign for a constitutional amendment on the Nov. 8 ballot that will protect Illinois’ investment in its critical transportation infrastructure.
Though supportive of some aspects, the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials warned that other elements of a wide-ranging regulatory proposal from the Federal Highway Administration "would overwhelm" states and local agencies with major compliance costs by requiring them to track and report on "millions of data points." AASHTO filed its extensive comments Aug. 15 in response to the FHWA's proposed "National Performance Management Measures: Assessing Performance of the National Highway System, Freight Movement on the Interstate System, and Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program."
NAPA has filed public comments with FHWA regarding the agency's April Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, which would require state agencies to develop new performance metrics regarding greenhouse gas emissions generated by drivers. These performance metrics could be tied to federal funding. NAPA's comments urged FHWA to let the Sustainable Pavements Program finalize its guidance before implementing any new rules on environmental regulations. The comments also stressed the importance of maintaining a smooth highway system to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Click here to read NAPA's full comments. FHWA's request for comments came at the same time the White House Council on Environmental Quality published guidance for federal agencies to assess the impact of their actions on the climate under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).
A Perpetual Pavement is an asphalt pavement designed and built to last indefinitely without any structural reconstruction.

Cracks and other distresses happen only in the top layer, so the only rehabilitation ever needed is renewal of the surface.
Research & Technology
The Asphalt Institute recently released a comprehensive review of vacuum-tower asphalt extender (VTAE), a common form of re-refined engine oil bottoms (REOB) used as a blending agent to soften asphalt binders. The free publication, State of the Knowledge: The Use of REOB/VTAE in Asphalt (IS 235), details health, safety, and environmental considerations, as well as alternate tests and aging protocols for characterizing physical properties of asphalt binders that incorporate REOB.
The recently released NCHRP Research Results Digest 399: Field Validation of Laboratory Tests to Assess Cracking Resistance of Asphalt Mixtures: An Experimental Design develops an experimental design for the field validation of laboratory tests used to assess the potential of thermal, reflective, bottom-up fatigue, and top-down cracking. The digest briefly describes the selected cracking tests, proposed refinements, the field validation plan for the selected tests, and associated time and cost estimates.
Education & Training
October 6, 2016
2–3:30 p.m. Eastern
Sustainability is about more than just ecological practices; it's about economic and social practices, too. Together, these three areas are the triple bottom line — the three pillars of sustainability. As best practices merge with sustainability, which is the mission of a growing number of agencies and road owners, it is important to make continuous improvements. The NAPA Diamond Achievement Sustainable Commendation builds on the continuous improvement NAPA members strive for and provides a blueprint for today's sustainable practices for asphalt plant operations. Click here for more information.

October 19, 2016 
2-3 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.


September 16, 2016
IDOT Letting

December 12, 2016
QC Managers Meeting

Champaign, IL
September 22-24, 2016
NAPA IMPACT Leadership Group
Chicago, IL
December 12-13, 2016
Bituminous Paving Conference
Champaign, IL
October 25, 2016
IRTBA General Membership Meeting

January 20, 2017
IDOT Letting
November 4, 2016
IDOT Letting
January 29 – February 1, 2017
NAPA Convention
Orlando, FL
November 9, 2016
IDOT Joint Co-op
February 28 – March 1, 2017
T.H.E. Conference
University of IL, Champaign, IL
November 15, 2016
IAPA Board Meeting
March 7-11, 2017
Las Vegas, NV
November 16, 2016
IDOT Policy
March 13-14, 2017
IAPA Annual Meeting
December 8, 2016
IRTBA Annual Meeting
April 3–5, 2017

East Peoria, IL




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