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On Wednesday, October 10, VDOT’s Chief Engineer Garrett Moore confirmed his impending retirement at the Discussion with the Department meeting. While not leaving until September 2019, his announcement allows VDOT time to transition his duties and impart knowledge on his replacement.
Garrett joined VDOT in 1999 after retiring from the US Marine Corps as a Lt. Colonel. As a UC-Berkeley (Bachelor’s Degree) and Virginia Tech (Master’s Degree) Graduate, he started his career at VDOT as an Assistant Resident Engineer in Fredericksburg. From Fredericksburg, he moved on to be the Resident Engineer in Warrenton, Staunton District Administrator, and NOVA District, Administrator. In 2013, he was named VDOT’s Chief Engineer. Through all of his positions in VDOT, Garrett has been committed to working with industry and emphasizing the need for quality in all aspects of maintenance and construction
Over the next 11 months, VAA looks forward to continuing the relationship with Garrett and his staff as well as those chosen to replace him. He has set the tenor and the example for effective VDOT and industry partnership. VAA would like to congratulate Garrett on his 2nd retirement and wish him the best in his future endeavors.


Deputy Secretary of Transportation Quintin Elliott has retired after 32 years of service to the Commonwealth of Virginia. Elliott was named Deputy Secretary of Transportation by Governor Ralph Northam in January 2018. He was previously appointed as Chief Deputy Commissioner of the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) in January 2014 by then Governor Terry McAuliffe.

During his 32-year career with VDOT, Elliott was responsible for the construction of several projects, including the Jefferson Avenue Interchange and the creation of the first transportation asset management system in the nation. He is proudest of his role in developing the next generation of leaders within the agency.
Elliott also served in the Virginia Air National Guard, retiring in 2008 as Commander of the 192 Civil Engineering Squadron. He earned several awards and decorations for his military service, most notably the Meritorious Service Medal for his service during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Originally from Natural Bridge, he is married and has a son and daughter. He looks forward to focusing on his family and acting as full-time dad. Join us in wishing him the best in his retirement and future endeavors.

The weather has been a bear for VDOT and the paving industry in 2018. From cold days to torrential downpours, mother nature has not been kind. On October 10, members of Virginia Asphalt Association met with VDOT’s Chief Engineer, District Engineers, and other senior management at the third annual Discussion with the Department. Held in Richmond, the 60 plus attendees focused on the current paving season as well as the plans and size of the 2019 paving season. Of immediate concern for the group was the completion of the 2018 paving schedules. Various contractors discussed the impacts of rain on completing paving, challenges of installing pavement marking, and concerns for completing quality paving late in the year.
Roadtec, Inc.
Kickin Asphalt Paving & Excavating, LLC
Innovation in Action
Since the inception of SUPERPAVE™ mix design, a multi-level design process was envisioned. This process would be as simple as AC content, gradation, and volumetrics to a performance mix design. The issue then and the issue now is – how do you measure the performance of a mix and know that it will work (or not work)? Millions of dollars have been spent trying to answer this question. Much of the challenge has been with the equipment, but challenges such as specimen preparation and testing procedures were just as great. So what has changed? Technology! Recently, VDOT announced the formation of a task force to address performance-based mix design. Unlike the current approach, asphalt mixes will be designed and tested in the lab to assess their properties against certain thresholds. Eventually, these thresholds will be compared to the condition of the mixes in the field to ascertain performance, i.e., do they crack, rut or have durability issues?
Insider Report
Hurricane Michael may have scared off less dedicated golfers, but 50 plus of the stalwart showed for the James River Equipment – Wirtgen Group Richard J Schreck Scholarship tournament. This last Scholarship tournament of the year, held in Richmond, started at 9:00 am and finished just before the storm hit. It was a great day, and the standings are shown below. First Place Team: Dennis O’Connor, Ed Manley, David Stowell, Jordan Tarsovich Second Place Team: Clint Diers, Brian Noonan, Tucker Braden Closest to Line: Will Gatewood Closest to Pin: Jimmy Coffman Longest Drive: Jorden Tarsovich Best Putt: Mal Kerley
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. 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).

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 Caroline Fahed.
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
New Contact for Students Completing MCS Courses Online 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.
2018 Final Exam and Proficiency Testing Deadline – Please Read The 2018 class year is slowly winding down. If you are in the middle of completing an online MCS class OR have Plant I, II or Mix Design proficiency tests to complete, please be sure to have your class, final exam and proficiency tests completed by 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
NEW EXECUTIVE ORDER ESTABLISHES CONSERVATION CABINET Continuing his focus on environmental issues, Governor Northam signed Executive Order 22 creating a Governor’s Conservation Cabinet. The purpose of the Conservation Cabinet is to improve coordination across state government agencies to better protect Virginia’s natural resources and improve environmental quality across the Commonwealth. Notably, Virginia’s transportation projects are specifically referenced, and the Secretary of Transportation is part of the designated Conservation Cabinet.
State & National News
photo & article reprint from DBIA website Congratulations to Lane Construction Corp. for being chosen one of the top Design-Build Transportation projects of 2018. They were the General Contractor on the I-66/Route 15 Interchange Reconstruction. Congratulations are also given to Branscome, Inc. for their recognition as a key sub-contractor on the winning I-64 Capacity Improvements Segment I. Both of these VAA members were chosen as top 2018 Design-Build projects in Transportation by the Design Build Institute of America.
Gary Jennings has returned to VDOT as the Interstate Maintenance Administrator for the Richmond District Interstate Maintenance Office (IMO) This office manages and delivers all maintenance and emergency operations on Virginia's interstate & limited access road network. The IMO operates as a Interstate Residency. This position is the same model used by Hampton Roads and Nova district.
Upcoming Events
Conference Attendees & Expo Exhibitors (open to all)
Richmond Marriott Downtown
December 5-6, 2018
Richmond, VA
Governor's Transportation Conference
October 30 - November 2, 2018
Norfolk Hilton the Main
SMA International Conference
November 5-7, 2018
Atlanta, GA


March 5, 2019 - Fredericksburg | Fredericksburg Expo Center
March 13, 2019 - Roanoke | Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center
March 19, 2019 - Richmond | The Westin Richmond
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