40- to 60-Year-Old Concrete Streets Receive CPR in Waite Park Neighborhood
The City of Minneapolis is home to over 400,000 people and about 165 miles of 5″ and 6″ thick residential concrete streets. Many, if not most, of these concrete streets are over 40 years old. Some are 50 to 60 years old. These streets have, for the most part, gone their entire lives with little to no maintenance. That in itself is a great success story when you figure the annual cost of ownership of these streets.
In 2017 the city council approved extra money dedicated for roads, and a portion of that was allocated for repairing those 40- to 60-year-old concrete streets. The city chose Bolton & Menk, Inc. (BMI) to design and manage the project. As part of the project development, the city and BMI met and discussed project details with three CPAM members: PCi Roads, Diamond Surface, and Interstate Improvement. BMI took many of the ideas that were discussed into developing the plans for a comprehensive, but affordable, concrete pavement restoration (CPR) project.
2017 Concrete Paving Awards – Call for Entries
Do you know of a concrete paving project completed in 2017 (or 2016 for a CPR project) that is a great example of quality workmanship? If so, let us know! Nominations are currently being solicited by CPAM in conjunction with MnDOT for consideration of a concrete paving Merit Award. These awards are a great way to recognize all the hard work engineers, inspectors, and contractors put into their projects.
The submittal process is conducted electronically using a survey. The concrete pavement rating panel will review and rate the submitted survey information (including construction photos, plan sheets, incentive/disincentive worksheets, and smoothness data) and select a winner in each project category. The awards will be presented at an awards banquet on Thursday, March 15, 2018, at 7 p.m., held in conjunction with CPAM’s 57th Annual Concrete Paving Workshop in Alexandria, Minn. on March 15-16.
Nominations must be received by December 1 to be considered for a Merit Award. Make plans to photograph projects now. Construction photos and photos of completed projects are an important part of the selection process.
Please click on the links below for more information and to submit your project. If you have any questions about whether a project is eligible for submittal, please contact Rob Golish (MnDOT) at firstname.lastname@example.org or Greg Bauer (CPAM) at email@example.com.
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MnDOT Releases 2018 Spec Book
MnDOT has approved and published the Standard Specifications for Construction, 2018 Edition – also known as the 2018 Spec Book.
You can find the 2018 Spec Book and more information on MnDOT’s Spec Book website.
The 2018 Spec Book is effective for most projects let on or after January 26, 2018.
ACPA WikiPave Resource Now Available
A free concrete pavement encyclopedic resource called WikiPave is now available through ACPA, featuring technical and general information about concrete pavements. Check out this amazing resource here.