2015 Concrete Champion

Nominations for the annual Concrete Champion award are currently being solicited.   Nominations may be made by CPAM member companies in good standing using the official nomination form; one nomination per member company.

The Concrete Champion award was created by CPAM to recognize an individual or group for leadership and innovation in transportation activities using concrete pavement as well as for contributions to the concrete pavement industry.  The award will be presented at the next CPAM Annual Membership Meeting on December 11, 2015.

Nominations will be accepted until December 1.  Let us know who you think is a Concrete Champion!

Nomination Form

2015 Concrete Paving Awards – Call for Entries

Do you know of a concrete paving project completed (or that will be completed) in 2015 (or 2014 for a CPR project) that is a great example of quality workmanship?  Nominations are currently being solicited by CPAM in conjunction with MnDOT for consideration of a concrete paving Merit Award, to be presented at the 2016 Annual Concrete Paving Awards Banquet in Duluth, Minn. on March 10, 2016.

This year the rating will again be done by an electronic submittal process using Survey Monkey.  Summer is a great time of year to take photos of the project(s) for submission.  The submittal process does not take a lot of time, and rain days or slow days are an excellent opportunity to get the submittal started. The deadline for entries is December 1, 2015.  Please contact CPAM if you have any questions as to which project(s) may be eligible for consideration.

In the News

Interstate 394 in Minneapolis is currently being rehabilitated using “Buried Treasure Preservation” to bring its structural integrity back to a condition that is close to new by eliminating worn areas of concrete and replacing them with new concrete patches.  The process is expected to give the pavement an additional life of 20 to 30 years.  Read more in Updated Concrete Surfaces Improve Aging Roads, June 2015, IGGA Concrete Impressions.

Strengthening Pavement Cracks and Joints, July 2015, IGGA.

MnDOT Releases 2016 Spec Book

MnDOT has approved and published the Standard Specifications for Construction, 2016 Edition – also known as the 2016 Spec Book.

You can find the 2016 Spec Book on MnDOT’s Spec Book website.

The 2016 Spec Book is effective for most projects let on or after
October 23, 2015.

The 2014 Spec Book is effective for most projects let on or after Dec. 2, 2013 through Oct. 22, 2015, and is also available online, as are the older 2005 and 2000 Spec Books.

Online orders for the 2016 Spec Book will be accepted after the Bookstore receives its first shipment, about mid-July.

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.

2015 CPAM Concrete Paving Workshop &
Awards Banquet

The 2015 CPAM Concrete Paving Workshop held at the Breezy Point Conference Center in Breezy Point, Minnesota, on Thursday and Friday, March 12-13, was a great success.   Photos may be accessed via the top menu bar.  (After clicking on “Photos,”  a right menu will appear with buttons for workshop and awards photos.)   Speaker presentations are available in the eLibrary under Workshop Presentations.

For a list of this year’s Minnesota Concrete Paving Merit Awards, click here. Congratulations to Steve Gerster, PCi Roads, LLC for receiving the 2015 Arnie Laingen Award!

Many thanks to our President’s Reception sponsors who provided complimentary beverages and hors d’oeuvres for all attendees on Thursday, March 12, at 6 p.m. prior to the awards banquet.

CPAM Hosts Tour of Iowa Overlays

The Concrete Paving Association of Minnesota (CPAM) hosted a “Tour of Selected Iowa and Minnesota Highways” on November 6, 2014.   This tour was a repeat tour from 2007, with some new additions.

The intent of this tour was to demonstrate the performance history of concrete overlays.  Although some of the older sections are now showing signs of some repair needs, these overlays continue to stand the test of time with little to no maintenance over their 20- to 30-year history.   Please contact CPAM with any questions.  View the complete report here.

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