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The Mid-Atlantic Asphalt Expo & Conference is just around the corner, and the program is packed with great speakers presenting today's most relevant topics! This year's event will kick off with a keynote address by Jack McCall, CSP on "The Challenge of Change" and a Spotlight Technical presentation by Rex Vines, PE, deputy director and chief engineer at the...
On September 28, VAA and HeadLight signed an agreement to develop and deploy a Virginia version of their Spotlight platform for the exclusive use of VAA members. Spotlight is a smart forms platform that’s a new addition to HeadLight's core functions of capturing data, pictures and videos for project documentation. Smart forms will provide a way to record asphalt...
While the promotion of asphalt is the purpose of VAA, the association's core is the people who make up its member companies. These individuals give their time and talents to lead the association through the VAA Board of Directors. This month VAA features two of the Board's Directors, Tim Boone and Sheila Cramer. We hope you enjoy these brief...
On Thursday, September 16, Women of Asphalt Virginia (WofA VA) hosted its first in-person event: the official branch kick-off at the Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens in Richmond. This reception brought together women from various companies within the asphalt industry to network, learn more about the organization, and encourage membership and engagement. Fifteen women signed up to become official branch...
Starting with the advertisement and bid letting schedule for 2022 paving maintenance projects, the Virginia Department of Transportation is changing the process. In September, VDOT informed the industry that the 2022 Plant Mix Schedules bid letting will be held in January and February. By completing the bid letting before March, VDOT plans on executing and awarding contracts sooner. Then,...
After nearly an 18-month absence due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Virginia Education Center for Asphalt Technology hosted two in-person MCS credentialing classes! First, VECAT held the Asphalt Field Level I class on September 28 for twelve students from around Virginia. Students came from all sectors – paving contractors, Virginia Department of Transportation, consultants and local agencies. The hybrid...
During the week of September 26, Colony Construction joined in an effort led by the Virginia Transportation Research Council and Virginia Department of Transportation’s Richmond District. This research effort focused on producing asphalt concrete modified with processed plastics. On Sunday, September 26, Colony produced an asphalt mix using recycled plastic fed from a fiber feeder. VTRC sampled materials at...
Since March 2020, COVID has made in-person meetings and discussions challenging. During this time, changes have occurred within industry and the Virginia Department of Transportation. One significant change for VDOT was the appointment of John Lynch, PE, as VDOT's NOVA District Engineer. After serving several months as the acting district engineer, John was named the permanent DE in July....
The summer meeting of the VDOT-VAA Traffic Engineering Cooperative Committee was held virtually on September 7 from 1:00 to 3:00 in the afternoon. Even though it remained virtual, the meeting was still very well attended with over 30 participants. The packed agenda included David Rush updating the group on 2021 work zone crash statistics, a review of the pavement...
Jack Scriven Hodge, 88, of Roanoke, Virginia, died peacefully at Brandon Oaks on Saturday, October 2, 2021. After graduation from the University of Virginia, he served in the United States Army at Ft. Knox, Kentucky. Upon completing his military commitment, he worked for the Virginia Department of Highways as an engineer trainee. Throughout a 39-year career, he rose to his...
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