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On August 31, State Materials Engineer Andy Babish formally introduced an effort that will change the mix design process in Virginia. For nearly two decades, Virginia has followed AASHTO’s SUPERPAVE Mix Design process. While never following the national specification, VDOT adopted much of the specification regarding aggregate qualities and gradations. Unlike other states that adjusted design gyrations based on project traffic loading, Virginia held to one design gyration level and adjusted the binder used in the mix. While an improvement in many regards, the SUPERPAVE mixes suffered from lower asphalt contents and premature cracking compared to the Marshall designed mixes.
Based on the recommendation of NAPA’s Succession Planning Task Group and the unanimous support of NAPA’s Executive Committee, Audrey Copeland has been appointed as the next President/CEO of NAPA. Audrey will succeed Mike Acott at NAPA’s Annual Meeting in January. During this interim period between now and the Annual Meeting, Audrey has been promoted to the position of NAPA’s Chief Operating Officer. She will still report to Mike and take on additional responsibilities as she transitions to the President position. Please join us in congratulating Audrey on her new position – it is very well deserved.

Join us for the JAMES RIVER EQUIPMENT – WIRTGEN GROUP sponsored R J Schreck Scholarship Tournament hosted by the Richmond Region. The tournament will be held October 11, 2018, at Birkdale Golf Club in Chesterfield. The tournament is open to all players and is a VAA Scholarship program benefit. This is the last Scholarship tournament of the season. Put a foursome together, have a great day playing golf and help someone reach their goal of a higher education.

If you would like to showcase your company and show your support, join companies like James River Equipment, Wirtgen Group, Colony Construction, Inc., American Paivng Fabrics, Inc., Thompson Davis & Company, Allan Myers, Boxley, Associated Asphalt, Ingevity and Troutman Sanders as sponsors. There are multiple sponsorship opportunities available. Register Today.
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Innovation in Action
In 2013, VDOT constructed its first porous pavement park and ride. Located off Cushing Road in Prince William County, this project incorporated a pavement design that was different from past porous pavements constructed in Virginia. First, previous projects included the use of a choker layer (AASHTO #8’s or #57’s) on top of the thick aggregate reservoir. The purpose of the choker layer was to help stabilize the larger stone layer (AASHTO #2’s/#3’s), to aid in paving. When used on previous projects, only one layer of porous asphalt was laid. However, with two lifts of porous asphalt being used, the choker layer was eliminated. As just mentioned, new to this project was the use of multiple lifts of porous asphalt materials – PAM-9.5 and PAM-19.0. The layer of PAM-19.0 was used to level the site and provide a stable foundation for the surface lift of PAM-9.5 (see Figure 1). Finally, the PAM-9.5 used a PG 76-22 binder to improve performance and minimize power steering scuffing.
Insider Report
Send Us Your Best Photo That Represents The Slogan "ASPHALT King Of The Road." The 2018 Virginia Asphalt Association Photo Contest begins September 5, 2018, and ends November 1, 2018, 12:00 p.m. US Eastern Standard Time. ALL ENTRIES MUST BE RECEIVED BY NOVEMBER 1, 2018 AT 12:00 p.m. EST. Open to all VAA Members and their immediate family (see official rules).

Information on how to enter and prizes form part of the official rules. By submitting an entry, each entrant agrees to the Official Rules and warrants that his or her entry complies with all requirements set out in the Official Rules. This is a skill-based contest and chance plays no part in the determination of winners.
FIRST PRIZE: $250.00 & the cover of the December Issue of Virginia Asphalt Magazine.
SECOND PRIZE: $150.00 & an "ASPHALT King of The Road" t-shirt.
TO ENTER: Download the Entry Form, complete, and email along with your high-resolution digital photo to

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Spotlight on VECAT
If you have completed an online class and are ready to schedule your proctored exam, please contact Judith Calvert (Germanna CC) at 540- 937-6757 to set up your session. Dave Laraway is no longer the main contact for this.
The 2018 class year is slowly winding down. Before you know it, the holidays will be upon us and hunting season will take precedence over all things class-related. **If you are in the middle of completing an online MCS class for 2018 certification, please be sure to have your class AND final exam completed no later than December 1. Germanna closes for the holiday in mid-December, so classes need to be completed early to allow them time to send grades over to VDOT.
Environmental Matters
UPDATE REISSUANCE OF GENERAL INDUSTRIAL STORMWATER VPDES PERMIT DEQ held its last Regulatory Advisory Panel (RAP) for the reissuance of the General Industrial Stormwater VPDES Permit on August 16. DEQ is planning to propose the package to the State Water Control Board at its upcoming September 20 meeting seeking the Board’s permission to hold a public comment period on the proposed draft permit. As discussed in previous updates, the permit has been amended in many favorable ways. There are some areas that VAA will likely want to comment on, primarily to seek clarification of requirements, particularly about required maintenance/housekeeping provisions and some changes to the discharges authorized by the permit. We will highlight areas for comment when the proposal is issued by the Board for public comment.
State & National News
VAA would like to welcome Ilker Boz to the Virginia Transportation Research Council. Ilker joined VTRC in May 2018. He came to VTRC after working for just over a year as a Research Associate in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Michigan State. Ilker completed his graduate work (Masters and Ph.D.) at Penn State, after working several years as a Civil Engineer in Turkey and briefly as a Research Engineer with the Texas Pavement Preservation Center in Austin.
Ilker’s graduate research topics ranged from characterizing asphalt concrete and RAP binder properties to the design of cement-stabilized full-depth reclaimed mixtures.  At Michigan State, he studied the performance of chip seals, work he expects to continue at VTRC.  In addition to the broader study of pavement preservation, Ilker will also be supporting Virginia’s move toward performance-based asphalt mixture design and acceptance, as well as ongoing work to develop process control and acceptance tests for cold recycled pavements.    

VDOT’s Materials Division recently issued two Materials Division memoranda: MD 418-18 and MD 419-18. The first memorandum outlines the changes to the Secondary and Subdivision Pavement Design Guide. The main revision allows the use of recycled materials in the pavement structure. This will be beneficial in urban areas where excessive amounts of recycled asphalt pavement exist. On private development projects, the use of cold recycled asphalt materials will aid the owners in achieving green credits in different rating systems. The second revision removes the use of StreetPave as the concrete design procedure and replaced it with the 1993 AASHTO Pavement Design Guide.
VDOT Hampton Roads' employees celebrated a major address change with a ribbon-cutting at their new north Suffolk headquarters.

The move took workers from an aging complex of scattered buildings and trailers in Downtown Suffolk to an 85,000-square-foot, three-story building at 7511 Burbage Drive in the Harbour View area. The relocation aimed to bring as many of VDOT's operations as possible under one roof, allowing easier communications and collaboration between departments, while updating technologies and moving closer to Hampton Roads’ urban centers.
Upcoming Events
REGISTRATION OPEN (members only)
October 10, 2018
Troutman Sanders Building
Downtown Richmond
12:00pm to 4:00pm
REGISTRATION OPEN (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
ARRA Semi-Annual Meeting
October 15-18, 2018
Norfolk, VA
SMA International Conference
November 5-7, 2018
Atlanta, GA
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