Concurring with [Larry Lemon] was Asphalt Institute President Pete Grass, PE. In a recent address at the International Conference on Perpetual Pavements, Grass said, "I'm bullish on asphalt." He reported on research showing that the U.S. demand for asphalt is the lowest in nearly 30 years. "There has never been a better time for an agency/ owner to invest in their infrastructure project by any means available," he commented.
INDUSTRY NEWS pavements has risen that the DOT has awarded for work to match the cost of on state highways in 2009 have been concrete. below the engineers’ estimates. Speaking on behalf • In Minnesota, 10 sizeable pave- of the National Asphalt ment projects have been alternate Pavement Association design bid in the construction sea- (NAPA), asphalt pro- sons of 2007, 2008, and 2009. Some ducer/contractor Larry were for the DOT and others were Lemon said, “Asphalt for large commercial customers. The pavement is the buy lowest bid on all 10 projects was for of the year. There are the asphalt pavement. a couple of reasons Lemon concluded, “Asphalt isn’t for this. For one, with just the best material for roads and the economy causing a highways, it’s the most cost-effec- slowdown in construc- tive. All the state DOT engineers tion activity, competi- across the country should be aware An attendee of the CEI Service Training Seminars learns how to properly adjust a tion is fierce. Also, the that their dollar will go at least 30% fuel gun assembly. price of asphalt cement farther in 2009 than it would have is lower than it was last last year. year. What it adds up “Now is the time for America to CEI OFFERS to is that owners and roadbuilding renew our roads and highways by TRAINING SEMINARS agencies are getting a great price.” milling the surface for recycling, and Seminars to be held January and Lemon, chairman of Haskell Lemon then placing a new asphalt overlay,” February in Albuquerque Construction Co., is the chairman- he continues. “The traveling pub- CEI Enterprises will host its annual elect of NAPA’s Board of Directors, lic will be getting a new road that is Service Training Seminars January slated to take office in January. smooth, durable, safe and quiet. And 11-14, January 18-21, and February Concurring with Lemon was the road agencies will be getting their 1-4, 2010. Asphalt Institute Pr
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