Who will be the best of the best? Introducing the Golden Lute Award

In Top Gun there is a scene where the pilots are sitting in the flight operations room; the following exchange occurs between Viper and Maverick: Viper: In case some of you are wondering who the best is, they...

Paving leadership group holds April meeting

As announced in the October Asphalt News e-newsletter (“VDOT, Industry Sit-Down and Talk Paving”), the newly formed Paving Leadership Group (PLG) held a meeting on April 17th. Comprised of four industry and four VDOT members, the PLG...

Cold recycling certificate classes coming in 2020

VDOT has recently approved the addition of a Cold Recycling Plant and Field class and a Full Depth Reclamation class to be added to the list of Asphalt certification courses offered through VECAT. All three classes are...

2019 R J Schreck scholarship recipients selected

In 2014, Virginia Asphalt Association established a scholarship program for dependents of VAA member companies. The scholarship provides an opportunity for VAA to give back to students pursuing degrees and furthering their education. Thanks to our donors, to...

MGM hosts 68th VAA Annual Meeting

Over 140 delegates and guests attended the 68th VAA Annual Meeting at the MGM Resort National Harbor in Maryland. The meeting featured VDOT’s Chief Deputy Commissioner Rob Cary and Chief Engineer Garrett Moore along with keynote speeches...

The journey towards balanced mix design

Our journey towards Balanced Mix Design continues with a significant effort to flush out the repeatability and idiosyncrasies of the Ideal-CT. As some of you are aware, the Ideal-CT is the performance test that VDOT, Academia, and...

ROSPHALT: Robert O. Norris bridge deck overlay

The phone call would come at the worst possible time. A Friday afternoon. Spring Break. Peak of rush hour. Small chunks of concrete were scattered across the travel surface of the Robert O. Norris Bridge, drivers...

The year of the track: colony construction paves multiple tracks in 2018

Over the years, Colony Construction, Inc. has paved multiple types of tracks at various schools, as well as a high-speed training track for the Virginia State Police. While not a runway at a large...

The truth is out there

In an ongoing effort to inform the Virginia asphalt industry on apprenticeship opportunities available through the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry (DOLI), I had the opportunity to discuss with Patricia Morrison, Director of...

SAFETY FIRST: Confined space permits

With the winter months comes scheduled maintenance and repair for asphalt plants in Virginia. While operations are on hold until the warmer months, companies have a chance to address issues at the asphalt plant...