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PAIKY 75th Anniversary History Book

PAIKY 75th Anniversary Book

PAIKY History Book

Take a look at the 75 years of history of the Plantmix Asphalt Industry of Kentucky. This history book takes you back to the early 1900s, when the automobile changed the transportation industry. Cities were booming and traffic was causing deterioration of the untreated roads resulting in enormous ruts, dust, mud, and sanitary problems. Local and State governments were besieged by the requests for more and better roads. Click here to read the eBook.

AAA Report: Two-Thirds of U.S. Drivers Support Increased Federal Funding to Improve Roads

WASHINGTON, D.C., – Sixty-two percent of U.S. motorists believe the federal government should invest more money to improve roadways, according to a recent public opinion poll conducted by AAA. The vast majority of drivers (81 percent) also believe the federal government should do more to improve the condition of roads and bridges.

“Most Americans recognize the need for increased transportation funding because they drive over potholes and bumpy roads every day,” said Robert L. Darbelnet, President and CEO of AAA. “Unfortunately, the main concerns voiced by motorists about transportation and driving differ markedly from the points generally expressed by policymakers to promote funding legislation.”

“Policymakers and transportation advocates are failing to connect with the public on the practical concerns that matter most to motorists,” continued Darbelnet. “Motorists want to hear about how their elected officials can improve their daily commute by repairing the pothole down the street or the bumpy road around the corner.”

Click here to read the full article on the AAA web site.

Asphalt Fact #20

A smooth pavement maximizes tire contact, providing more traction.


Open-graded asphalt allows rainwater to drain through the pavement surface, reducing the amount of splash and spray kicked up by vehicles. Read more about Open-Graded Asphalt “Open-graded Asphalt Surfaces Offer… (PDF)” by Ed Schlect, Asphalt Institute District Engineer…http://www.paiky.org/asphalt-facts/smoothness/

Asphalt: Greener Than Ever

New NAPA/FHWA Survey Finds Recycling, Energy-Saving Technologies For Asphalt Pavements Increasingly Adopted Nationwide

Lanham, MD. – Thanks to broad adoption of sustainable construction practices, the asphalt pavement industry saved taxpayers more than $2.2 billion dollars during the 2011 paving season through the use of recycled materials and energy-saving warm-mix technologies.

According to a survey conducted by the National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) in partnership with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), about 66.7 million tons of reclaimed asphalt pavement (RAP) and 1.2 million tons of reclaimed asphalt shingles (RAS) were collected in the United States during 2011 for use in new pavements. Also, about 19 percent of all asphalt produced in the country that year was made using warm-mix asphalt (WMA) technologies.

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The National Asphalt Pavement Association has a full report on the state-by-state RAP, RAS, and warm-mix findings. Kentucky’s report can be found in Appendix B (State-by-State RAP, RAS, WMA Usage) located at the bottom of this page on the NAPA web site.

Parking Lots It Is the Little Things That Matter

Parking lots come in all shapes and sizes and yet it is often the attention to detail — the little things — that elevate the average project into one that really shines. From big-box retailers to small private buildings, parking lots can add up to a significant volume of work for asphalt paving contractors. While smaller in size and scope than many highway projects, parking lots still require a considerable amount of planning and the workmanship plays a critical element in the finished product and customer satisfaction.

By Brian K. Wood, P.E.

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Public Wants More Spending on Roads

A recent survey released by the Association of Manufacturers (AEM) found that more than three-quarters of Americans favor rebuilding or modernizing the nation’s transportation infrastructure. As the same time, about 60% were unaware that the 18.4 cents per gallon federal gas tax does not provide the money the Highway Trust Fund needs to stay solvent. The same issue is at play in state houses across the county, where many different plans are under consideration, ranging from gas tax increases to vehicle miles taxes to substituting sales taxes for gas taxes. Getting the public to understand the shortfalls in funding for the infrastructure projects they want and need remains a sticking point for the road construction industry. The National Asphalt Pavement Association Government Affairs Web page, www.AsphaltPavement.org/GovAffairs, has a section on MAP-21 reauthorization with information about the state of the Highway Trust Fund and transportation funding in general.

Asphalt Pavement Alliance Gets the FACTS Out About Asphalt

The Asphalt Pavement Alliance kicks off its Asphalt FACTS campaign today to help raise public awareness about the many benefits of asphalt pavements.

“Every day, we all use asphalt roads without giving them a second thought. Most people don’t understand how technologically advanced asphalt pavements have become and the important role they play in sustainable infrastructure,” said Mike Kvach, Executive Director of the APA. “Asphalt FACTS will help raise the awareness of those who use, buy, and design roads as to the benefits of smooth, economical asphalt pavements.”

Ninety-four percent of the roads in America are surfaced with asphalt — and for good reasons. Asphalt creates the smoothest surface for driving, ensuring a quieter, more comfortable ride, as well as helping to optimize fuel economy. Asphalt roads can be built more quickly and cost effectively than other pavements, and they can be designed as a Perpetual Pavement that needs only periodic maintenance to remain in good shape practically forever.

“There are a lot of misconceptions about asphalt pavements, but the truth is they are an important part of environmentally responsible construction,” said Kvach. “A wide range of recyclable materials — roofing shingles, ground tires, glass — are incorporated into asphalt pavements. Even more exciting is that when asphalt is reclaimed, that material is completely renewable and can be used to build new roads. In fact, asphalt pavement is the most recycled material in America.”

The Asphalt FACTS campaign is centered on a new Web site, www.AsphaltFACTS.com, which highlights the truth about smooth, safe, durable, quiet, economical asphalt pavements. The site offers a wealth of links to resources for more information. The site will be promoted through print advertising in trade magazines, social media campaigns, and other education efforts.

“The APA is excited to put the facts about asphalt pavements in front of the public and to get them thinking about the roads they use every day,” Kvach said.

About the Asphalt Pavement Alliance:
The Asphalt Pavement Alliance (APA) is a coalition of the Asphalt Institute, the National Asphalt Pavement Association, and the State Asphalt Pavement Associations. The Alliance’s mission is to establish asphalt pavement as the preferred choice for quality, performance and the environment. The APA will accomplish this through research, technology transfer, engineering, education, and innovation.

For More Information:
Web: www.AsphaltFACTS.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/asphaltroads
Twitter: www.twitter.com/asphaltroads

The Allen Company

The Allen Company finished up paving asphalt along US 27 in Lancaster, Kentucky. This was a much needed widening project in that area that will open up more opportunities for business and commerce in and around the Lancaster area. Click here to watch the video

Antigo and Mago Tag Team Bluegrass Parkway

Have you ever seen a concrete road get broken and seated then repaved with asphalt?  The video was shot along the Bluegrass Parkway in Anderson County, Kentucky. The old concrete pavement was broken and seated by Antigo (Antigo, Wisconsin). The next step was to replace the pavement with smooth asphalt, this was performed by Mago Construction Company, LLC (Bardstown, Kentucky). This video was shot three weeks apart; the first part was when the concrete was broken and the second part when the new asphalt pavement was laid. We hope you enjoy the video. Please click here to view the document.

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