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Six Departments of Transportation Honored for Success of Long-Life Asphalt Roads

Six departments of transportation were named as winners of 2018 Perpetual Pavement Awards by Asphalt Pavement Alliance (APA). The award celebrates long-life asphalt pavements that reflect the characteristics of a Perpetual Pavement design.

The award is presented to state transportation departments and local agency road owners for well-performing asphalt pavements that are at least 35 years old with proven high-quality structural design. To earn the award, the pavement must have not suffered a structural failure, and it should have an average interval between resurfacing of not less than 13 years. The pavement must demonstrate the characteristics expected from long-life, Perpetual Pavement design: excellence in design, quality in construction and value to taxpayers.

Engineers at the National Center for Asphalt Technology (NCAT) at Auburn University, evaluated the nominations and validated the results for the six 2018 Perpetual Pavement Award winners. Since the Perpetual Pavement Award was first presented in 2001, 132 pavements in 30 U.S. states and one Canadian province have been honored with the award.

The 2018 winners are:

  • Alabama Department of Transportation, North Region, for a 2.4-mile section of four-lane divided highway on U.S. Highway 72/State Route 2 in Jackson County. This is the 10th Perpetual Pavement Award for ALDOT.
  • Arkansas Department of Transportation for a 4.81-mile stretch of two-lane Arkansas Highway 92, Section 1, in Conway County. This is the ninth Perpetual Pavement Award for ARDOT.
  • Florida Department of Transportation for a 3.17-mile section of a four-lane highway on U.S. Highway 192/State Road 500 in Brevard County This is the ninth Perpetual Pavement Award for FDOT.
  • Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, Engineering District 4-0, for a 2.5-mile section of two-lane road on Pennsylvania Route 424 in Luzerne County. PennDOT has earned eight Perpetual Pavement Awards.
  • Tennessee Department of Transportation for a 2.77-mile stretch of two-lane highway on State Route 56 in Putnam County. This is the 14th Perpetual Pavement Award earned by TDOT.
  • Washington State Department of Transportation for a 5.88-mile section of two-lane U.S. Highway 195 in Spokane and Whitman counties. This is the fifth Perpetual Pavement Award earned by WSDOT.

Winning agencies are honored by their local State Asphalt Pavement Association and are presented with an engraved crystal obelisk. The names of the winning agencies and projects are added to a plaque on permanent display at the NCAT Research Center at Auburn University.

“One of the keys to sustainability is long life,” said Amy Miller, P.E., National Director of the Asphalt Pavement Alliance. “Asphalt roads can be engineered to last indefinitely with only routine maintenance and periodic surface renewal.”


TheAsphalt Pavement Alliance ( a partnership of the Asphalt Institute (AI), National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) and the State Asphalt Pavement Associations. The Asphalt Pavement Alliance’s mission is to establish asphalt as the preferred choice for quality, performance and the environment.

TheAsphalt Institute( is the international trade association of petroleum asphalt producers, manufacturers, and affiliated businesses. AI promotes the use, benefits and quality performance of petroleum asphalt, through engineering, research, marketing, and educational activities.

The National Asphalt Pavement Association ( represents the interests of U.S. asphalt producers/contractors before Congress, federal agencies, and other national trade and business organizations. NAPA supports an active research program designed to improve the quality of asphalt pavements and paving techniques used in the construction of roads, streets, highways, parking lots, airports, and environmental and recreational facilities.

The State Asphalt Pavement Associations ( represent the interests of pavement producers and paving companies at the state and local level across the United States.

AEM Reminds Industry That Hall of Fame Nominations Due By June 12, 2019

Don’t Delay: Submit AEM Hall of Fame Nominations by June 12

TheAssociation of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) Hall of Fame is seeking outstanding equipment industry leaders who have made meaningful advancements to the industry’s growth and success.

Nominate a deserving individual by June 12 to be considered for 2019 AEM Hall of Fame induction.

Details and the easy-to-fill-out nomination form are online at

The AEM Hall of Fame celebrates those who have changed the trajectory of the off-road equipment industry with their vision and creativity.

Anyone (living or deceased) who have made noteworthy and specific industry contributions is eligible for induction.

Candidates are evaluated by an independent panel of judges, and inductees are announced and celebrated at AEM’s Annual Conference of Member Companies.

The AEM Hall of Fame highlights the off-road equipment manufacturing industry’s legacy of progress to promote greater understanding and appreciation for its contributions to global economic and social prosperity – and to inspire the next generation of industry leaders, innovators, and visionaries.

Individually and collectively, AEM Hall of Fame inductees represents some of the best, brightest and most influential minds in the history of the off-road equipment industry.

For more information, please contact AEM’s Pat Monroe (, tel: 414-298-4123).

About AEM – AEM is the North American-based international trade group representing off-road equipment manufacturers and suppliers, with more than 1,000 companies and more than 200 product lines in the agriculture and construction-related industry sectors worldwide. The equipment manufacturing industry supports 1.3 million jobs in the U.S., and 149,000 more in Canada. Equipment manufacturers also contribute $188 billion combined to the U.S. and Canadian economies. AEM is celebrating its 125th anniversary in 2019. Learn more about AEM at

Caterpillar Announces Its First Global Operator Challenge: A Tough Competition to Find the World’s Best Operators

Caterpillar is proud to announce the launch of the 2019/2020 Global Operator Challenge Competition. Operators will test their skills against those of fellow operators around the world to determine who can claim the title of “best.”  In each stage of the competition, operators will be challenged to test their agility, mental toughness, and versatility, as well as their competence in using integrated technology to enhance machine performance, such as Cat®Production Measurement and Cat GRADEsystems.

Operators qualifying in the local heats conducted by Cat dealers around the globe will participate in regional semi-final competitions that are to be held in Japan, Brazil, Spain, and the United States during October and November 2019. The winners in each regional semi-final will take part in the global finals that will take place at Conexpo-Con/Agg, Las Vegas, in March 2020. The crowned champion will be awarded an all-expense, “VIP” trip for two to a global Caterpillar facility of his or her choice. 

The Caterpillar 2019/2020 Global Operator Challenge will be the largest-ever competition of its type, following in the success of the European “New Range-New Rules” competition in October 2018 at the Caterpillar Demonstration & Learning Center in Malaga, Spain. In Malaga, 18 operators from 10 nations across Europe, the Middle East, and Eurasia were in the final competition; German operator Sebastian Behr took the top prize.

“In addition,” says Nunley, “this competition will highlight the Cat Next Generation machines that are transforming job sites by increasing productivity to new levels, providing a new experience of comfort, and ease of operation through technology. We hope the Global Operator Challenge will attract more individuals to join our industry.”

For more information about the Caterpillar Global Operator Challenge, contact the local Cat dealer and visit this site for details www.CatGlobalOperatorChallenge.Com.

ARTBA’s Dave Bauer, in Washington Post Op-Ed, Urges Infrastructure Investment

ARTBA President and CEO Dave Bauer wrote the op-ed, below, which was published in the April 21 issue of The Washington Post. Above, inside the “corroded carcass” of the Arlington Memorial Bridge. Photo: Federal Highway Administration.

By David C. Bauer

If placed end to end, the length of structurally deficient bridges in the D.C. area would stretch nearly four miles and cover the area of 18 football fields, according to a new analysis of federal government data we released this month. Nationally, there are more than 47,000 such structures. In the DMV, 145 structurally deficient bridges need an urgent repair, with reconstruction work needed on 2,000 structures, accounting for half of all the bridges in the area. This work would cost an estimated $3.6 billion.

Sadly, this is no joke and speaks to a much larger problem.

The Post reported last month that the D.C. government has received more than 7,000 pothole complaints from January to mid-March; that’s almost four times more complaints than at this point in 2017. The Post and its reporters have also done yeoman’s work highlighting the sorry state of our other major commuter corridors.

A massive, 10-foot-deep sinkhole on forced the closure of the George Washington Parkway on March 22, resulting in traffic gridlock. Anyone regularly driving north or south between Spout Run and the Capital Beltway knows well the horrible pavement conditions. The road and the water infrastructure beneath are crumbling on the 1930s-era road. At night, it’s a white-knuckle experience with reduced visibility and no lighting. At the same time, the National Park Service reduced speed limits to 40 mph on the Baltimore-Washington Parkway because of similarly hazardous conditions.

The agency has plans to rehabilitate both roads but speaks in terms of many years, not sooner. Public safety demands action now.

And let’s not forget the nearly 90-year-old structurally deficient Arlington Memorial Bridge, which is also owned by the Park Service. Thankfully, it is getting a long-overdue rehabilitation but only after last-minute emergency action from Congress and a ban on heavy vehicles from crossing it.

While it’s easy to blame the Park Service, the reality is the agency is operating on a beer budget. The estimated cost to modernize the Memorial Bridge is about $250 million, or close to the agency’s annual road improvement budget for the entire country.

The real story here is the abject failure over many years by elected officials, particularly at the federal level, to make the investments necessary to keep our infrastructure in a state of good repair.

The American people are clamoring for action. A January 2019 Rasmussen Reports survey found that almost 90 percent of likely voters believe “the Democratic leadership . . . and President Trump should work together during 2019 to pass legislation that would improve . . . infrastructure.”

Since the 2016 election, Trump and bipartisan congressional leaders have regularly cited upgrading the nation’s infrastructure as an area for common ground. After more than a decade of federal actions dominated by preserving the status quo, this new dialogue is welcome and sadly overdue. Every day spent talking about the need to fix infrastructure, however, is a day in which the problem gets worse.

So, what’s to be done?

The most pressing priority: Fix the Federal Highway Trust Fund, which is the source, on average, of more than 50 percent of all highway and bridge capital investments made annually by state transportation departments. The fund is in a world of financial hurt.

Without new revenue, starting in 2021, states would face a 40 percent cut in investment. All revenue options, including a Post-endorsed increase in the federal gasoline tax for the first time since 1993, should be on the table.

It is time for our elected officials to stop talking and start solving problems.

CSDA Elects 2019 Officers & Board of Directors

The Concrete Sawing & Drilling Association (CSDA) is pleased to announce new Officers and Board members, who were elected at the 47th Annual CSDA Convention & Tech Fair, held March 11-15, 2019 in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Newly elected Officers are President Matthew Finnigan, National Concrete Cutting, Milton, Washington; Vice President Mike Orzechowski, DITEQ Corp., Lenexa, Kansas and Kellie Vazquez, Holes Incorporated, Houston, Texas who will serve as Secretary/Treasurer. Jack Sondergard, Central Concrete Cutting, Edgar, Wisconsin will serve as Past President and Patrick O’Brien continues as Executive Director.

Six Board members, whose terms expire in 2021, were also elected. They are Ty Conner, Austin Enterprise, Bakersfield, California; Dan Dennison, Diamond Tools Technology, Indianapolis, Indiana; Mark DeSchepper, Echo GPR, Paola, Kansas; Bruce Ferrell, PROSOCO, Lawrence, Kansas; Jami Harmon, GSSI, Nashua, New Hampshire and Greg Lipscomb, Diamond Products, Elyria, Ohio.

Returning for the second year of their term on the Board are Peter Bigwood, Brokk, Monroe, Washington; Scott Brown, ICS Blount, Portland, Oregon; Bill Fisher, National Research Company, Novi, Michigan; Rick Glidewell, Hilti, Plano, Texas; Bennett Jones, Advanced Concrete Sawing, St. Paul, Minnesota and Tim Terrell, Husqvarna Construction Products, Olathe, Kansas.

“I’m appreciative for the passion that these people have shown for our industry and the association.  Their time and attention, all given freely and without compensation, to addressing issues facing the cutting, coring, imaging and polishing business provide testimony to CSDA’s aim of creating value for our customers in a safe and professional manner,” stated Matthew Finnigan, CSDA President.

The remainder of the CSDA 2019 Board and committee meeting schedule is as follows:

  • June 12-13                              Renaissance Reno Downtown, Reno, Nevada
  • September 5-6                        Hyatt Regency Columbus, Columbus, Ohio
  • December 4-5                         Le Meridien New Orleans, New Orleans, Louisiana