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Barrett Paving Materials Completes $3.8 million Barnes Road widening project

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Oct. 30, 2013) – Gov. Steve Beshear joined local officials today to ceremonially open the Barnes Road/KY 1560  widening and realignment project in Williamstown — a $3.8 million investment to improve safety and mobility along the busy corridor.

“As Grant County continues to grow, we must accommodate the influx of traffic in this community,” said Beshear.  “This improved route provides better access to St. Elizabeth Hospital and other businesses along the highway.”

Crews expanded and realigned a 1-mile section of Barnes Road from the east side of the Interstate 75 interchange to the railroad tracks at Arnie Risen Boulevard.  This section includes three-lanes with a continuous center turning lane, improved shoulders and curb and gutter improvements.

“An investment in our roads is an investment in our citizens,” said state Sen. Damon Thayer, of Georgetown. “Keeping our roadways safe must be a priority; this project demonstrates the state’s commitment to achieving that goal.  This project has been in the road plan for quite some time, and I am glad that local right of way issues were resolved and that the construction phase is now complete.”

“Grant County has experienced tremendous growth in the last few years, which has raised concerns about the safety of roads like Barnes Road that were not built to handle the increasing traffic load,” said state Rep. Brian Linder, of Dry Ridge. “Today’s opening marks a milestone I’ve pushed for since my days serving on the Grant County Fiscal Court. I am hopefully the newly expanded highway will help draw more business and more opportunity into our county.”

“This road completes the interchange and opens the opportunity for new industry and tourism,” said former Rep. Royce Adams, of Dry Ridge, who championed this project during his tenure in the Kentucky House of Representatives. “This route gives better access to St. Elizabeth Hospital, Grant County library and the county jail.”

Barrett Paving Materials Inc., of Cincinnati, began construction in spring 2012 and completed the project in August 2013.

http://www.lanereport.com/25571/2013/10/grant-county-opens-3-8-million-barnes-road-widening-project/

Gov. Beshear Cuts Ribbon On Widening and Realignment of U.S. 25

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (10/30/13) – Gov. Steve Beshear praised the work of government officials and highway administration on the widening and realignment of U.S. 25 in Fayette and Scott counties during its ribbon cutting Wednesday at the Cardome Center in Georgetown.

“Here in Kentucky, we take great pride in our highway system,” said Beshear. “We take that great pride because we recognize that good roads and strong connections between our communities are absolutely essential to our continued growth and economic development. Roads aren’t just strips of concrete or asphalt. They’re connections.”

The $16 million project involved a four-lane modification and partial realignment of a 2.6-mile section of roadway from a point south of Ironworks Pike in Fayette County to Etter Lane in Scott County. The contractors for the project were L-M Asphalt Partners, Ltd., along with Nally Gibson, LLC.

Beshear joined other key legislators in the project including Sen. Damon Thayer, Rep. Ryan Quarles, and Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s Chief District Engineer James Ballinger during the ceremony. Beshear commended the bipartisan efforts that led to the effective and efficient completion of the project.

“I can’t say enough about the teamwork that exists here. There are parts of Kentucky that I go in to and work, where you don’t have this kind of teamwork. There seems to be more rivalry than cooperation, and because of that, things don’t happen as fast and as well as they should have. Here, you don’t have that. You’ve got a great team of local officials,” said Beshear.

The project has been approximately 20 years in the making with the official groundbreaking taking place in August, 2012. Sen. Thayer said he has worked on the project since his first day in office, almost 11 years ago.

“Good things come to those who wait. This project has been in the works for a long time. But it’s been worth waiting for,” said Thayer.

A second phase of the project that would widen a section of highway three miles south of Ironworks Pike to Spurr Road in Lexington is envisioned in the newly enacted six-year Kentucky Highway Plan.

Article Courtesy of SurfKy.com

http://surfky.com/index.php/communities/303-local-lexington-top-news/40171-gov-beshear-cuts-ribbon-on-widening-and-realignment-of-us-25

Eaton Asphalt Hosts Congressman Thomas Massie

Jurgensen-Family-with-Massie_asphalt_PaverOn Tuesday, September 24th, Eaton Asphalt Paving Company hosted Congressman Thomas Massie at their asphalt plant in Walton, KY. Among those in attendance for this asphalt plant, laboratory and fabrication shop tour were elected officials, consulting engineers and KYTC personnel.

Jason Jurgensen, President of Eaton Asphalt Paving Company, began the event by giving an overview of the company and its operations. The tour began inside the fabrication/maintenance shop where employees were welding, painting, fixing and servicing equipment and machinery. Next, the tour moved outdoors to view an asphalt paving demonstration. Following the paving demo, the next stop was a walking tour of the lab and asphalt plant. This was a great opportunity for everyone to see the mix design process from the laboratory to the loading of the dump truck. After the lab and asphalt plant tour, PAIKY Executive Director Brian Wood provided some comments about the state of the asphalt industry.

The event concluded with some comments from Congressman Massie. He spoke about his experience as a Lewis County Judge Executive and how it has helped him to better understand the local issues as it relates to the national perspective. He also explained how he wanted to be a member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee which benefits everyone in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

Click here to view the plant tour photo gallery.

The Walker Company Hosts Congressmen Massie and Barr

On Monday, September 23rd, The Walker Company hosted Congressmen Andy Barr and Thomas Massie at their asphalt plant in Mt. Sterling, KY. This was a great opportunity for The Walker Company, industry representatives, local politicians, KYTC personnel and the two Congressmen to discuss transportation issues.

The Walker Company Hosts Thomas Massie and Andy Barr

The Walker Company President Arthur E. Walker II kicked off the plant tour by welcoming everyone and explained the history and an overview of the company. Mr Walker noted this year, 2013, is The Walker Company’s 80th Anniversary. PAIKY Executive Director Brian Wood spoke about the history of the association and what the membership means to Kentucky’s economy. The Walker Company Executive Vice-President Art Walker III touched on national issues including the State of the Highway Trust Fund and the implementation of MAP-21.

Following Mr. Walker III, Congressmen Thomas Massie (House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Member) and Andy Barr both spoke about the challenges in Washington and agreed that our nations roads and bridges are in need of more adequate funding. They also spoke on how Congress needs to act on the current infrastructure funding sources due to higher fuel mileage vehicles.
Last, The Walker Company Vice-President Bryce Walker described the company’s asphalt plant operation, the stock piles of aggregates and recycled asphalt pavement around the property and the “green” initiatives of the asphalt industry.

 Click here to view the photo gallery.

Eaton Asphalt Paving Route 8 With GTR

Night_Paving_PhotoOn Wednesday, September 25th, Eaton Asphalt Paving Company paved Route 8 in Northern Kentucky at night with a Ground Tire Rubber (GTR) mix. This KYTC experimental project was partially funded through the Environmental Protection Cabinet’s Waste Management Program. Click here to see the photos from the night time paving project.

Asphalt Industry Meets OSHA’s Silica Standard Rule

What It Means for the Asphalt Pavement Industry? Decades in the making, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released on August 23, 2013, a massive 750-page proposed rule outlining a permissible exposure level (PEL) for silica dust. Although the proposed level is more stringent than the agency’s current regulations, the asphalt industry is well positioned to meet the new standard thanks to the work of the Silica/Milling Machine Partnership. For a copy of NAPA’s press release, click here. The OSHA website provides additional information on the proposal and rule making process at www.osha.gov/silica.

Details of the Standard

The proposed PEL for silica dust is now set at 50 micrograms of respirable crystalline silica per cubic meter of air (50 μg/m3). In the proposed rule, OSHA offers a “flexible alternative” compliance path for many construction operations, including roadway milling, that ensures compliance while waiving medical monitoring, exposure assessment, and other burdensome practices.

To take advantage of this alternative, specific practices outlined by OSHA must be followed. Under the flexible alternative for roadway milling, so long as milling machines “use [a] water-fed system that delivers water continuously at the cut point to suppress dust [and] operate equipment such that no visible dust is emitted from the drum box and conveyor areas,” employees working on or near milling machines for less than four hours a day need no additional protection.For work shifts longer than 4 hours, however, the proposed rule requires half-mask respiratory protection.

For individuals who may visit a milling site or process for less than 4 hours per day, there appear to be no further personal protective equipment (PPE) requirements under the proposed rule’s flexible alternative. Furthermore, for those operating equipment that supports the milling process, even on job shifts that last longer than 4 hours, no special protection is required so long as employees are in equipment with an enclosed, positive-pressure cab.

The Partnership

Over the past decade, the Silica/Milling Machine Partnership — which is made up of the NAPA, AEM, milling-machine manufacturers, labor, academia, and NIOSH — has worked to identify engineering controls and best practices that effectively reduce potential silica exposure below OSHA’s new proposed PEL. The early work involving redesign of water spray systems within the cutter housing conducted by the Partnership was instrumental in helping the asphalt pavement industry avoid the more onerous compliance standards other industries face under the proposed rule. Current research by the Partnership is examining the use of evacuation systems to further reduce dust and potential silica exposure.

Impact of the Rule on the Asphalt Pavement Industry

As with all occupational health standards enforced by OSHA, there is an affirmative duty to ensure workers are protected from exposure to hazardous conditions, including potential emissions from various practices and processes. The proposed Silica Standard requires employers to understand work practices that have the potential for silica exposure, including milling, stock-pile management, baghouse inspection, and other common plant and paving activities. In general, OSHA identifies potential silica exposure in many construction and other industrial activities, and the agency has identified compliant operations and strategies that mitigate exposure to silica, e.g., use of milling machines with spray systems, as well as flexible alternative compliance paths.

Production Facility

General processing and workplace activities associated with asphalt pavement production facilities are not specifically identified in the proposed Silica Standard. However, the proposed Standard would require a preliminary characterization and assessment of potential silica exposure based on a “competent” understanding of process and equipment emissions. This could be accomplished through a company monitoring its individual employees or through a more general or “representative” exposure characterization that would need to be developed by industry and possibly reviewed by OSHA. Although general activities associated with asphalt pavement production and plant processing are not specifically identified by OSHA as a concern with regards to potential silica exposure, the agency has identified that, for example, rock crushing operations, under the proposed rule, would require very specific control mechanisms, including worker use of respiratory protection at all times.

Paving/Milling

OSHA does recognize the potential for occupational exposure of silica during roadway milling operations. As noted above, the proposed standard requires milling machines to use water-spray systems to minimize dust and requires respiratory protection for workers if their work shift is longer than 4 hours. Because of the issues associated with implementing a facility-specific respiratory protection program, NIOSH is currently completing field testing of evacuation system technologies through the industry Partnership NAPA and the Silica/Milling Machine Partnership intend to submit formal comments and statements during the rulemaking process to address concerns associated with the need for respiratory protection. The evacuation systems are demonstrating an ability to protect workers well below the proposed Standard.

Milling Machine Manufacturing

The Silica/Milling Machine Partnership is open to all companies involved with the manufacture of milling machines. Working closely with NIOSH over the past decade, the Partnership has made great strides in understanding processes that can be used to reduce dust and potential silica exposure. In 2010, the Partnership, in conjunction with OSHA, conducted a number of field trials to understand the efficacy of various water-spray systems that could easily be retrofitted onto existing equipment. More recently, equipment manufacturers have investigated the use of evacuation systems to capture and remove the majority of dust associated with milling operations from the worker’s environment. Milling machine manufacturers are encouraged to continue working closely with the Partnership to ensure that potential silica exposure is reduced to the lowest point feasible, eliminating the need for respiratory protection.

Industry Path Forward

OSHA’s acknowledgement that potential silica exposure can be controlled through simple milling machine spray-system retrofits illustrates the Silica/Milling Machine Partnership’s early success. However, NAPA envisions a final Silica Standard that recognizes the use of water spray-system technologies and evacuation system technologies as sufficiently protective to remove the respiratory protection requirements in the proposed rule. OSHA has set out a detailed plan for formal comments and public hearings over the coming months.

During this rulemaking process, the Partnership plans to highlight the industry’s commitment to ensuring that potential silica exposure is well-controlled and that silica exposure falls below any level of potential hazard. The Partnership plans to demonstrate to OSHA that current and future milling machine engineering controls work well to reduce potential exposure to silica dust below the proposed PEL thereby nullifying the need for respiratory protection. Throughout the Partnership’s 10-year learning and development process, NIOSH has conducted and analyzed all test samples. The industry is well-positioned for a credible approach to protecting our workers.

NAPA, along with other industry groups, is further analyzing the potential impact of the proposed Silica Standard on operations that are ancillary to the production of asphalt pavement, including rock crushing and mining operations. NAPA intends to be involved with other associations during the rule making process as appropriate.

Summary

OSHA’s release of their proposed Silica Standard, the first occupational exposure standard from the agency in decades, includes a flexible alternative compliance path for roadway milling operations that exempts those operations from some burdensome regulations. However, the proposed rule requires the use of respiratory protection requirement on work shifts longer than 4 hours during milling operations.

NAPA, as a leader of the Silica/Milling Machine Partnership, will take an active role in OSHA’s rule making process with the goal of removing any respiratory protection requirement for roadway milling operations through the use of currently demonstrated engineering controls and best practices. NAPA may also work with other industry consortia during the rule making process to address proposed requirements associated with activities ancillary to asphalt pavement production, including the processing of aggregates.

 

US Asphalt Market Demand to Rise 3.7% Annually through 2017

Demand for asphalt in the US is forecast to increase 3.7 percent annually to 27.9 million tons in 2017. This is equivalent to 154 million barrels of primary asphalt, the vast majority of which is refined petroleum asphalt. Demand for asphalt is expected to advance from its low 2012 base, spurred by growth in highway and road construction spending and building construction expenditures, the two largest markets for asphalt. However, asphalt demand in 2017 will not reach the level seen in 2007. Rising use of recycled asphalt pavement (RAP) and increasing interest in rehabilitating and repairing older or worn surfaces — instead of building new roads — will serve as a check on asphalt demand advances.

Company Profiles included in this research (http://www.reportsnreports.com/reports/267853-asphalt-to-2017.html) are CertainTeed, Colas, Ergon, GAFMC, Marathon Petroleum, NuStar Asphalt, Oldcastle Materials, Owens Corning, Valero Energy and Vulcan Materials

Paving asphalt to remain dominant segment
Paving products accounted for 71 percent of asphalt consumption in 2012, and will remain the leading application for asphalt going forward, increasing 3.9 percent per annum to 20.2 million tons in 2017. The passage of the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21), which guarantees funding for highway and road construction projects through October 2014, provides an immediate boost to demand for paving materials. However, long-term gains will be checked by the efforts of government agencies to maintain existing road networks, rather than build new ones. It takes less asphalt paving product to repair roads than to construct them.

Paving products demand will also be suppressed by increasing use of in-place recycling road construction methods, such as those that use RAP. These methods are favored by state transportation agencies because they are less costly; reusing old pavement to make new road surfaces reduces demand for asphalt cement, the most frequently specified paving material. Demand for asphalt emulsions will benefit from rising use of RAP, as emulsions can be blended with old pavements to rejuvenate worn highway surfaces and repair moderately damaged highways.

Residential market to pace asphalt roofing segment
Demand for asphalt used to make roofing and other products is forecast to rise 3.0 percent annually to 7.7 million tons in 2017. Advances will be spurred by the rebound in building construction expenditures. The residential market will see the fastest growth, as strong gains in single-family housing completions will boost demand for asphalt shingles. In the nonresidential segment, rising construction spending will support demand for low-slope roofing products, such as modified bitumen membranes, roll roofing, and mopping asphalts.

Digital Journal Reports – Dallas, Texas (PRWEB) September 03, 2013

Read more: http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/1446582#ixzz2e7pfSDP9

Info Graphic Promotes Recycling Roofing Shingles into Asphalt

Recycling shingles rather than dumping them in landfills actually saves the contractor and homeowner money. In some cases, it costs half as much to recycle shingles compared to the tipping fee costs at landfills. Even beyond the financial benefit, shingle recycling offers a boat-load of environmental benefits. Who knows, the next time you re-roof your house, your old asphalt shingles may become part of an area highway. The shingles off an average sized house supplies enough material to pave about 200 ft. of highway — pretty cool! Click here to see contact your local Kentucky contractor to see if they are currently taking roofing shingles.

Shingle Recycling - From the Roof to the Road

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New Enforcement Measure ‘No Texting While Driving’ Law in Kentucky

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet soon will assess “penalty points” on the operator’s licenses of drivers who are cited and convicted of violating Kentucky’s law against texting while driving.vGov. Steve Beshear announced the new enforcement measure today at the 2013 Kentucky Life Savers Conference, an annual gathering of transportation leaders. A driver will incur three points for each no-texting violation. The cabinet can suspend the licenses of drivers who incur a specified number of points within a two-year period – 12 points for drivers 18 and older, seven points for drivers under 18. “Part of the challenge of highway safety is to keep ahead of technology. The cell phone is symbolic of that challenge. While it has made our lives and jobs easier in many ways, there is no question that far too often it proves to be an irresistible distraction to drivers,” Beshear said. The “No Texting While Driving” law, enacted by the 2012 General Assembly, forbids anyone to send text messages while driving a motor vehicle. For drivers under 18, the law also forbids any use of a cell phone while driving.

To aid in enforcement of the law, Beshear’s package of highway safety legislation submitted to the 2013 General Assembly included a bill – House Bill 294 – to impose penalty points for texting while driving. The bill was approved by the House Transportation Committee but never reached a vote in the full House before the General Assembly adjourned. Beshear then had the Transportation Cabinet implement the penalty by administrative regulation. Once the regulation goes through legislative review and takes effect, the cabinet will begin assessing the penalty points. Some 53,600 crashes in Kentucky in 2012 were attributed to driver distraction, a category that includes cell phone use. “We have long recognized that cell phone use is a factor in a high number of highway crashes,” said Kentucky Transportation Secretary Mike Hancock, who is the governor’s designated representative for highway safety. “I am convinced that the ‘No Texting While Driving’ law will save lives.”

Asphalt Facts

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