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2014 Kentucky Official Highway Map Now Available

It’s a sure sign of spring! The 2014 Kentucky Official Highway Map is now available across the Commonwealth at rest areas, welcome centers, local convention and tourism offices and all Kentucky State Parks. As always, the new map contains a wealth of information for motorists. At the same time, its theme of Kentucky uniqueness – “There’s Only One” – highlights the beauty, natural attractions and hidden gems found only in Kentucky. While sites such as Churchill Downs and Mammoth Cave draw visitors from around the world, the 2014 map also points out some of the state’s lesser known treasures. For nature and wildlife lovers, Kentucky offers a host of attractions.
 
The Sloughs Wildlife Management Area near Henderson, in Western Kentucky, is home to the largest Great Blue Heron rookery in the Commonwealth. Distinguished by its large cypress trees and swamps, the area attracts migrating birds like a magnet. And with observation platforms for wildlife viewing open year round, it’s perfect for a day trip. At Old Friends Retirement Home – the “old friends” being thoroughbred horses , visitors can get up close and personal with retired stars of racing such as Breeders Cup Champion Gulch, Eclipse-award winner Sunshine Forever and the “losingest” horse in the history of the Sport of Kings, Zippy Chippy. The farm is outside Georgetown, in central Kentucky. Animals of the cold-blooded type more to your liking? The Kentucky Reptile Zoo, at Slade in eastern Kentucky, features an 18-foot python and a multitude of other types of snakes. While at Slade, visit the Turtle Tracks area, where tortoises and aquatic turtles can be seen. If you’re looking for something less animal-oriented, Yew Dell Gardens, at Crestwood in northern Kentucky, is a Preservation Project of the Garden Conservancy. It also is on the National Register of Historic Places. With many tour options, Yew Dell is a favorite among garden enthusiasts. The Blue Heron Mining Community, set along the banks of the Big South Fork River in Southeastern Kentucky, offers visitors a look back in time when the area was home to the Blue Heron mines, which operated from 1937 to 1962. Once home to hundreds of people, the isolated community now is a National Park Site. Click here to view the 2014 Highway Map.

National Asphalt Pavement Association Launched DriveAsphalt.org

DriveAsphaltThe National Asphalt Pavement Association has launched a new web site (DriveAsphalt.org) to serve as a resource for pavement design professionals. 

As our nation’s infrastructure ages, and the demands upon our transportation network grow, smart decisions need to be made for our economic future. Asphalt pavements offer cost-effective, high performing solutions. Taking into account today’s limited budgets, asphalt offers the return on investment required to meet the needs of road users and pavement designers. Check out this new web site that will answer the questions concerning the best pavement choice for the United States of America – DriveAsphalt.org

Join the National Asphalt Pavement Association in Nashville

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Set aside two-and-a-half days this July for insightful committee meetings and information-rich plenary sessions open to all NAPA members and potential members. Join your colleagues July 14–16 at the Renaissance Hotel in Nashville for the NAPA Midyear Meeting. Plus, plan to attend the NAPA Young Leaders’ optional networking event on July 13 at the Station Inn, an internationally known authentic Nashville honky-tonk. To understand where the industry is headed, and to take part in shaping its future, you need to attend the NAPA Midyear Meeting. For more information, visit the NAPA website at www.asphaltpavement.org/midyear. Registration will open soon.

Drivability Won’t Make Your Journey Shorter, it Just Seems That Way

NAPA-Drivability-AsphaltDrivability won’t make your journey shorter, it just seems that way.  A smooth road, that’s what drivers want today. Not just for peace and quiet, but also for peace of mind. With asphalt, it is easy to ensure a consistently smooth level of performance; which saves lives, wear and tear on your vehicle, and can improve vehicle fuel economy by 4.5%.

No wonder that, in an independent survey, 77% of engineers, developers, transportation officials and other key stakeholders chose asphalt as the smoother surface. Smoother, quieter, fewer delays…that’s drivability.

That’s asphalt.

 

 

NAPA Launches New Advertising Campaign

300x250 HearAs part of the Go-to-Market comprehensive communications campaign, advertisements have been placed in print and digital trade publications, highlighting the superior drivability of asphalt pavements.

The ads began appearing in the February 2014 issues of Public Works, Roads & Bridges, and Better Roads. As the year continues, the ads will appear in transportation-focused newsletters,

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magazines, newspapers, and websites. The asphalt paving industry remains dedicated to continuing the message that asphalt pavements are the best choice for the tax payer and traveling public.

www.DriveAsphalt.org

 

Kentucky Participates in the First National Texting Enforcement Crackdown

texting-while-driving-will-merydithFRANKFORT, Ky. (March 26, 2014) – In conjunction with National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, law enforcement agencies in Kentucky are stepping up efforts to persuade drivers to put down the phone as part of the first national texting enforcement crackdown – U Drive. U Text. U Pay.

“People need to know that we are serious about stopping this deadly behavior,” said Kentucky Transportation Secretary Mike Hancock, who is Gov. Steve Beshear’s designated representative on highway safety and chair of the Governor’s Executive Committee on Highway Safety.

“We are distributing federal overtime funds to select agencies throughout the state to strictly enforce our anti-texting law. Driving and texting has reached epidemic levels, and enforcement is part of the cure,” Secretary Hancock said. Violating Kentucky’s texting law, which took effect April 15, 2010, can be costly.

Violators will be liable for fines of $25 on a first offense and $50 on each subsequent offense, plus court costs.

The law bans texting for drivers of all ages while the vehicle is in motion. For drivers over 18, it allows the use of global positioning devices and reading, selecting or entering a telephone number or name for the purpose of making a phone call. Texting is allowed only to report illegal activity or to request medical or emergency aid.

For drivers under 18, no use of personal communication devices, such as cell phones and pagers, is allowed while the vehicle is in motion. The use of a global positioning system is allowed, but manually entering information must be completed while the vehicle is stopped.

“When you text while driving, you take your eyes off the road, hands off the wheel, and mind off the task of driving,” Kentucky Office of Highway Safety (KOHS) Director Bill Bell said. “That puts everyone else’s lives in danger, and no one has the right to do that on our roadways.”

Adding one more tool to combat texting and driving, KOHS partnered with Mobile Life Solutions on a “Text Limit” application.

The “Text Limit” app, available at www.textlimit.com, eliminates the temptation to text and drive by limiting or disabling the ability to receive a text once your vehicle reaches a set speed that you determine. Once the vehicle slows to your selected speed, the phone features become active again. Also, you may set a “maximum top-speed” that will cause the administrator to receive an email or text when the vehicle in which the phone is being transported exceeds the selected speed.

The cost is $24.99 per year, but with the code NOTEXTKY it is free for the first year.

“This is an excellent way for parents to make sure their teen drivers cannot receive or send a text while driving, and for companies to manage texting while their drivers are behind the wheel of a fleet vehicle,” Bell said.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were 3,328 people killed and 421,000 injured nationwide in distraction-affected crashes in 2012, the most recent year for which data is available. The University of Michigan’s Transportation Research Institute reports that a quarter of teens respond to a text message once or more every time they drive, and 20 percent of teens and 10 percent of parents admit that they have extended, multi-message text conversations while driving.

This article courtesy of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. For more information, please visit http://transportation.ky.gov/Pages/default.aspx For more information, please visit www.distraction.gov

Crews Execute Asphalt Paving Work on US 60 in Kentucky

Roads and Bridges Magazine – Thoroughbreds, thorough work – crews execute extensive asphalt-paving work on US Highway 60 near Lexington, Kentucky.

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Hinkle Contracting Co. Wins National Award For Quality in Asphalt Paving

Hinkle Contracting Co. Wins National Award For Quality in Asphalt Paving

Lanham, Md. — The National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) announced today that Hinkle Contracting Co. LLC of Paris, Ky., has won a 2013 Quality in Construction Award for excellence in construction of an asphalt pavement. The company received its award on Wednesday, Feb. 5, at a ceremony during the association’s 59th Annual Meeting in Boca Raton, Fla.

“As an industry, asphalt pavement producers have devoted a great deal of time and effort to determining the best practices necessary to construct long-lasting, high-quality asphalt pavements that offer the durable performance pavement owners and the public value. The Quality in Construction Awards compare nominated pavements against best practices and standards, and honor those that exemplify excellence in construction standards, such as the project completed by Hinkle Contracting Co.,” stated John J. Keating, 2013 Chairman of the NAPA Board of Directors.

Hinkle Contracting Co. won the award for its work on Interstate 64 in Rowan County, Kentucky. The 3.5-mile mill-and-overlay project consisted of repairs to the east- and westbound lanes to repair the overall ride quality of the pavement. The company milled off the surface, performed inlay work for areas experiencing base failures, and overlayed the suface with 1.5 inches of asphalt. Hinkle Contracting used reclaimed asphalt pavement in the mix to reduce costs and limit the amount of virgin aggregate and binder on the project. The final pavement was smooth with excellent quality assurance results.

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The National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) is the only trade association that exclusively represents the interests of the asphalt producer/contractor on the national level with Congress, government 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 association provides technical, educational, and marketing materials and information to its members; supplies product information to users and specifiers of paving materials; and conducts training courses. The association, which counts more than 1,100 companies as members, was founded in 1955.

Hamilton-Hinkle Paving Co. Wins National Award for Quality in Asphalt Paving

QSG10-HamiltonHinkle-I75Lanham, Md. — The National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) announced today that Hamilton-Hinkle Paving Co. of Georgetown, Ky., has won a 2013 Quality in Construction Award for excellence in construction of an asphalt pavement. The company received its award on Wednesday, Feb. 5, at a ceremony during the association’s 59th Annual Meeting in Boca Raton, Fla.

“As an industry, asphalt pavement producers have devoted a great deal of time and effort to determining the best practices necessary to construct long-lasting, high-quality asphalt pavements that offer the durable performance pavement owners and the public value. The Quality in Construction Awards compare nominated pavements against best practices and standards, and honor those that exemplify excellence in construction standards, such as the project completed by Hamilton-Hinkle Paving Co.,” stated John J. Keating, 2013 Chairman of the NAPA Board of Directors.

Hamilton-Hinkle Paving Co. won the award for its work on Interstate 75 in Scott County, Kentucky. The scope of work included 9.5-inch base asphalt repairs, 2-inch milling, 0.75-inches of leveling, and a 1.25-inch overlay of the driving lanes, as well as inside and outside shoulders. Also included in the project were repairs to three bridges, 12 exit/merge ramps, two major interchanges, two rest areas, and a weigh station. The base asphalt mix included 18 percent reclaimed asphalt pavement, and the surface mixes contained 20 percent RAP, which helped to preserve raw materials. The job required good communication with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, other government agencies, and local businesses.

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The National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) is the only trade association that exclusively represents the interests of the asphalt producer/contractor on the national level with Congress, government 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 association provides technical, educational, and marketing materials and information to its members; supplies product information to users and specifiers of paving materials; and conducts training courses. The association, which counts more than 1,100 companies as members, was founded in 1955.

Eaton Asphalt Paving Co. Inc, Wins National Award For Quality in Asphalt Paving

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Lanham, Md. — The National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) announced today that Eaton Asphalt Paving Co. Inc. of Walton, Ky., has won a 2013 Quality in Construction Award for excellence in construction of an asphalt pavement. The company received its award on Wednesday, Feb. 5, at a ceremony during the association’s 59th Annual Meeting in Boca Raton, Fla.

“As an industry, asphalt pavement producers have devoted a great deal of time and effort to determining the best practices necessary to construct long-lasting, high-quality asphalt pavements that offer the durable performance pavement owners and the public value. The Quality in Construction Awards compare nominated pavements against best practices and standards, and honor those that exemplify excellence in construction standards, such as the project completed by Eaton Asphalt Paving Co. Inc.,” stated John J. Keating, 2013 Chairman of the NAPA Board of Directors.

Eaton Asphalt Paving Co. won the award for its work on Interstate 471 in Campbell County, Kentucky. The 5.7-mile stretch of work involved pavement removal, 12-inch subgrade stabilization with cement, a new underdrain system, and a new pavement section containing 4 inches of dense-grade asphalt and 19.75 inches of asphalt pavement. Depending on the mix, 20–30 percent reclaimed asphalt pavement was used. In addition, all driving lanes, shoulders, and ramps were replaced on the road, which is heavily used by commuters headed to downtown Cincinnati via Interstate 275. The northbound lanes were completed during the 2012 season and the southbound lanes in 2013. Both sides were completed earlier than expected and surpassed Kentucky Transportation Cabinet standards.

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The National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) is the only trade association that exclusively represents the interests of the asphalt producer/contractor on the national level with Congress, government 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 association provides technical, educational, and marketing materials and information to its members; supplies product information to users and specifiers of paving materials; and conducts training courses. The association, which counts more than 1,100 companies as members, was founded in 1955.

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