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Commonly used for parking lots and other light-duty applications, full-depth porous asphalt pavements are increasingly being used on roadways as part of efforts to mitigate flooding hazards, reduce hardscape, and improve sustainability. To help ensure these new porous asphalt roadways provide reliable performance under traffic, NAPA has published Structural Design Guidelines for Porous Asphalt Pavements.
Written by Charles W. Schwartz, Ph.D., and Kevin D. Hall, Ph.D., P.E., with the support of the NAPA–SAPA Pavement Economics Committee's Pavement Design Task Group, Structural Design Guidelines for Porous Asphalt Pavements discusses the structural design procedure for porous asphalt and the required inputs using the AASHTO 93 design method.

Innovation in Action
In 1992, VDOT began construction of the Appomattox By-Pass in central Virginia. The 2.8-mile four-lane divided highway carried traffic around the historic town of Appomattox, the site where the Civil War ended. The 9-inch jointed plain concrete pavement was designed to last 20 or more years before rehabilitation – joint patching and grinding. Unfortunately, failures at the transverse joints, slab settlement, and development of mid-slab cracking (see Figure 1) were identified seven years after construction. Over the next 15 years, VDOT performed extensive repairs to maintain the roadway. Finally, a project awarded to Boxley in Lynchburg rescued the eastbound lanes – concrete rubblization.
Insider Report
Members, Join VAA as We Host an Informal Session with Garrett Moore, Mohammad Mirshahi and District Engineers
VDOT is the single largest customer for the asphalt industry. More than five million tons of mix per year is provided for use on VDOT projects or to VDOT directly. Beyond this tonnage, VDOT specifications and guidelines impact most of the non-VDOT tonnage produced in the state. Since VDOT has such a big impact, both directly and indirectly, it is important that companies understand what VDOT wants and VDOT understands what companies can provide. Through formal and informal meetings, this exchange of information can strengthen the partnership between each entity. Seating is limited for this event, so register early.
Following the Discussion with the Department, on October 11, 2018, the Richmond region will host the last RJ Schreck Scholarship Tournament of the season at Birkdale Golf Club.  Why not register for both events and strengthen partnerships in and out of the office?  Complete information and registration available on the VAA website.
Smoke Schools are designed to produce qualified observers who can make plume opacity determinations that are accurate and minimally affected by variable field conditions. You are required to retake the field test every six months to maintain Method 9 certification. For complete information and registration click here.

The Fall schools will be held:
Richmond, VA – September 5
Roanoke, VA – September 12
Abingdon, VA – September 15
Asphalt Emulsion, Inc.
Quality Emulsion For Every Application
Since 1984 Asphalt Emulsion Industries, LLC has been producing quality emulsions for contractor and DOT use in the Mid-Atlantic. Our goal is to continually deliver our customers products and services that exceed expectations.
Spotlight on VECAT
There is no right or wrong answer when an individual contemplates attending a trade school versus a 4-year college or university. The "right" decision is based on a multitude of factors that differ for each person, including individual interest, long-term goals, timing, family obligations, finances and a whole host of other reasons why one direction may be better than the other. The point of our summer series on considering trade schools vs. college is not to oppose the four-year degree, but to remind individuals not to overlook the trade school option when deciding on their post-high-school path.
Below is a list of the VECAT staff available to answer your questions and help you through the class registration and testing process. Please feel free to reach out to any of these individuals for information pertaining to their area of expertise.

VECAT Classroom Class Coordinator: Course registrations, "Fast Forward" program (formerly WCG), scheduling proficiency testing, payment questions
Judith Calvert

Phone: (540) 937-6757

VECAT Online Class Coordinator:
Problem with online classes, scheduling proctored exams for online classes
Dave Laraway
Email Only:
Please allow 24hrs for response

VDOT Representative:
VDOT-specific questions such as certification questions, VDOTU registration, printing certificates, etc.
Duane Sayre

Phone: (804) 328-3150

VAA Representative:
General questions pertaining to VECAT classes (classroom and online), apprenticeship program, other questions not covered above
Carter Iseman

Phone: (804) 288-3169

Environmental Matters
UPDATE ON REISSUANCE OF GENERAL INDUSTRIAL STORMWATER VPDES PERMIT DEQ is in the process of reissuing the General VPDES permit for industrial stormwater dischargers. Christine Vineski with Virginia Paving is the VAA representative on the Regulatory Advisory Panel (RAP) for the reissuance.
State & National News
As a milestone in the procurement process for the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel (HRBT) Expansion project, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) has announced the project will move forward with the bored-tunnel construction method to deliver the next connection across the Hampton Roads harbor.
Upcoming Events
REGISTRATION OPEN (members only)
October 10, 2018
Troutman Sanders Building
Downtown Richmond
12:00pm to 4:00pm
SAVE THE DATE (open to all) 
Richmond Region
Birkdale Golf Club
October 11, 2018
Chesterfield, VA
Virginia Asphalt Expo (open to all)
Richmond Marriott Downtown
December 5-6, 2018
Richmond, VA
Impact Leadership Group Conference
September 12-14, 2018
Washington, D.C.
ARRA Semi-Annual Meeting
October 15-18, 2018
Norfolk, VA
SMA International Conference
November 5-7, 2018
Atlanta, GA
VAA Partners
Allan Myers
American Paving Fabrics
Associated Asphalt
Bitumar USA
Branscome, Inc.
Branscome Paving Company
Chemung Contracting Corp.
Colony Construction, Inc.
James River Equipment
National Asphalt MFG. Corp.

Slurry Pavers
Superior Paving Corp.
S. L. Williamson Co., Inc.

Astec, Inc.
B & S Contracting, Inc.
Blacklidge Emulsions, Inc.
Carter Machinery Company, Inc.
F. O. Day
Lee Hy Paving Corp.
Virginia Paving Company