Colorado Public Works Journal, Spring 2022

PUBLIC WORKS COLORADO J O U R N A L CAPA INSERT: The Road Ahead BEST IN COLORADO: Asphalt Awards FEATURE: Safe Space COLUMNS: Association News PS: Events Around Colorado Spring 2022 : Vol.18, No.2 - $4.95

The Colorado Public Works Journal Jo Taylor, Managing Editor Editor es, I cannot lie our last issue incorporating the ‘Women in Construction’ supplement was a complete success. Focusing on the many talented women in the industry was without doubt a big hit with our audience. We had more likes, shares and mentions on social media than ever before. Additional hard copies were requested and circulated, and, as we had first hoped with this supplement being circulated throughout the year, we will soon be soon looking at a re-print. I am enormously grateful to everyone who participated and to those who gave me advice and the encouragement to pursue the content idea. So much so that this has made way for other content ideas for later in the year. Please do share with us your thoughts and ideas too, we would love to hear them. In this issue we would like to welcome NUCA to our industry association column news on page 58. The National Utilty Contractors Association specialize in utility construction, so are a perfect fit for our audience. We look forward to hearing about their work in Colorado. You may recall that we now have Sean O’Keefe on our writing team. Sean has been writing for the construction industry for over 20 years and has a keen interest in the people who make projects happen. So he is perfectly positioned to bring us ‘Industry Insights’ in each issue, focusing on a key figurehead in our industry, whom we all can learn from. CAPA’s The Road Ahead insert pages 19-50 showcases the ‘Best in Colorado Awards’ for everything asphalt. These awards were presented in-person at the Rocky Mountain Asphalt and Equipment Show which took place in February at the National Western Complex. A new location for them, but with room to grow, mark you calendars now for 2023. With safety being uppermost in all our minds, no matter what job we are doing. Our feature article on pages 12-15 has three of the top companies in Colorado sharing their insights on the topic. Take a look and maybe your organization can take away a tip or two from them. With 2022 starting to resemble normality in the business world, we are excited to be invited once again to the many shows, conferences and events that take place across the state. Last month CPWJ were invited to the Transportation & Construction GIRL VIP Sponsor reception. As their media sponsor we were presented once again with the Media Sponsor award to reflect our partnership (see photo above) If you would like Colorado Public Works Journal to attend your next event and give your business additional exposure and telling your story, please do let us know, our calendar is filling up. We look forward to seeing you at the next industry event! Y REMEMBER that Colorado Public Works Journal can now be read online, on your phone, tablet or other mobile device. Please go there, take a look and let us know what you think. Spring2022| 3 CPWJ

06 : Works News People 08 : Works News Updates 10 : Works News Equipment 11 : Industry Insights Sean O’Keefe 12 : Safe Space With Fiore & Sons, Kiewit and OE Construction 19 : THE ROAD AHEAD (pages 1-32) Spring 2022 51 : Association News ACPA, APWA, CAPA, CCA, CDOT, CSSGA, NUCA, RTD 62 : PS! (Parting Shots) Events Around Colorado 62 : Advertisers Index Our corporate partners COLORADO PUBLIC WORKS JOURNAL (ISSN 1555-8258) is published bimonthly in January, March, May, July, September and November CPWJ is published by Coterie Press Ltd., 5 White Birch, Littleton, CO 80127. (303) 933-2526 Managing Editor: Jo Taylor, (720) 360-6737 Editor: William Taylor (303) 933-2526 Volume 18. No.2, March 2022 Spring 2022 : Volume 18, No.2 Contents Production: Coterie Press Design: Violet Cruz Printed by: One Stop Printing Subscription, Mailing Services and Accounting Subscription $30.00 per year in the USA Periodicals Postage Paid in Denver, Colorado. Postmaster: Send address changes to: Coterie Press Ltd., 5 White Birch, Littleton, CO 80127. Contents copyright © 2022 by Coterie Press Ltd. All rights reserved Colorado Public Works Journal is an independent publication designed to be of service and interest to those providing civil services related to infrastructure construction and maintenance and allied fields, including government officials, heavy/civil contractors, engineers and architects, distributors, dealers and manufacturers of equipment and materials, and providers of services to government agencies and the construction and development industry Colorado Public Works Journal accepts no responsibility or liability for the validity of information and articles supplied by contributors, vendors, advertisers or advertising agencies. Opinions expressed are those of the individual writers and do not necessarily represent the views of the publishers of CPWJ. Cover Image: Powers Boulevard/I-25, image © CDOT Safe Space - page 12 4| ColoradoPublic Works Journal CO/WY Chapter - ACPA @COWYACPA Concrete Pavement MAKING THE GRADE ON INFRASTRUCTURE SUSTAINABILITY Optimizing pavement with expected use and performance conditions in mind can improve costs and reduce lifetime CO2 emissions. Two-thirds of a pavement’s total environmental impact over its lifetime often occurs during the phase in which the pavement is in use – well after material and design selections are made. Concrete is an economical, costeffective pavement solution that consumes minimal materials, energy, and other resources for construction, maintenance, and rehabilitation activities over its lifetime. Because of its rigidity, concrete pavement deflects less under vehicle loading, which results inreduced vehicle fuel consumption. Here’s Why Concrete pavement’s lighter color helps mitigate urban heat island effects and can help offset global warming. Concrete pavement is 100% recyclable, suitable for use in new concrete pavement, base materials, or controlled fill. Concrete pavement can periodically be renewed through diamond grinding, prolonging its lifespan, enhancing its smoothness, and improving its skid resistance. LONGEVITY INCREASED REFLECTIVITY RIGIDITY RENEWABLE RECYCLABLE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT

6| ColoradoPublic Works Journal PEOPLE Works News In January, 2022 Erika Wojtech joined the Colorado Contractors Association (CCA) as Director of Membership to continue CCA’s success in providing advocacy, networking, education, and training and programs to infrastructure construction professionals across the state. In this new role, Erika will lead membership initiatives to help expand CCA’s industry reach and provide CCA members opportunities to participate in and take advantage of member activities and benefits. Erika comments, “I am excited to start a new challenge within CCA and look forward to working with the team and the members to further develop a strong membership culture within the Association. I am fortunate to be joining such a respected voice in the infrastructure construction industry!” Erika brings with her 12-years of experience working in membership development roles, most recently as the Membership Marketing and Communications Manager for Denver Metro BOMA. “Erika’s energy and fresh perspective is a great addition to CCA’s team,” said CCA Executive Director Tony Milo. “She will focus on building CCA’s membership at both the contractor and associate level as well as facilitating engagement of all CCA members to ensure they are taking full advantage of everything that CCA has to offer its members.” CCA Brings in New Director of Membership Natalie Ulven Joins DACS in Colorado Springs DACS has been in Denver for 8-years. Jason Dunn bought the company four years ago and, always striving for excellence he has hired an array of talented individuals in the industry. In the month of March, DACS opened an office in Colorado Springs. Natalie Ulven recently joined the ‘DACS of Colorado Springs’ Team as an estimator/P.M. and couldn’t be happier. “I get to work with some of the greatest people on the planet!” Ulven has been a part of the industry for 22 years, much of it working in paving and concrete. Her primary focus is to work with the General Contractors and Property Management companies in El Paso County, building incredible relationships and strive for excellence across the board in terms of their asphalt and concrete projects! Ulven was in the excavating business in the late 90’s back in IL and joined the Naval Reserve after 911. After leaving bootcamp, she was called by a recruiter for a paving company in Chicago and did National Paving for 15 years before moving to CO. “The last seven years I’ve been in the Colorado market and absolutely love everything about it, there is nothing mundane about my job. There’s plenty of stress from time to time, however I think I thrive on a bit of stress, it expands my thought process and gets me to my end goal, a successful project from start to finish!”

Spring2022| 7 PEOPLE Works News CRMCA/CSSGA Promote Annelise Shepherd The Colorado Ready Mixed Concrete Association (CRMCA) and Colorado Stone, Sand & Gravel Association (CSSGA) are pleased to announce the promotion of Annelise Shepherd from Communications & Administrative Manager to Director of Communications & Advocacy. Annelise has been involved with the CRMCA and CSSGA for 10 years in a variety of positions. In her new role, she will focus on broadening the impact of the aggregate mining and ready mixed concrete industries in the state, creating messaging to increase awareness of the benefits of the industries for a wide range of stakeholders, and advancing member engagement. Annelise attended Virginia Commonwealth University, graduating in 2012. In 2021, she received a Master of Public Administration with a concentration in Environmental Policy, Management and Law from the University of Colorado - Denver. CRMCA and CSSGA look forward to working with Annelise in her expanded role. Please reach out to the associations, if you would like to engage further. Christy Crook has been serving the Rocky Mountain Masonry Institute for two years. The first year on the special events committee and then Christy was elected to the Board last year. 2022 marks the start of her tenure on the Executive Committee – a role which has never been held by a woman in their history – she will serve as the Secretary/Treasury for 2022, VP in 2023 and President in 2024, and the final year as Past President. So far, she has been tasked with developing a Leadership module for their certification courses, and also assisting with the development of the Future Leaders Group as well. Christy is both excited and honored to have been elected for the position, and is very much looking forward to her term! CPWJ Congratulates Christy on this major achievement. Rocky Mountain Masonry Institute first woman on the board of Directors Tammy Buck Excels in Asphalt and Concrete Yeh and Associates is proud to recognize Tammy Buck as the Colorado Asphalt Pavement Association (CAPA) “Member of the Year”! Additionally, she will be recognized at the upcoming American Concrete Institute (ACI) Spring 2022 Concrete Convention for her outstanding dedication to our industry. Tammy has also been awarded a scholarship to attend the National Center for Asphalt Technology at Auburn University (NCAT) to further expand her knowledge in design, testing, and quality control for production of capital and maintenance projects. Way to go Tammy!

UPDATES Works News CCI Foundation Winter Conference The CCI Foundation Winter Conference was held November 29 – December 1, 2021, in El Paso County. This annual event had nearly 400 county commissioners, administrators, human service directors, road & bridge supervisors, other county employees and corporate partners in attendance. This three-day event brings together county leadership to share best practices and learn new ways of doing their respective jobs. County delegates heard from state leadership including Governor Jared Polis and directors from the Colorado Department of Human Services and the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy & Financing. Topics presented and discussed including the Colorado River Compact, the American Rescue Plan Act, proposed legislation for 2022, off-system Over 2300 students from Castle View and Douglas County High Schools learned from various industry representatives and colleges, what it will take to reach their future career goals. Exhibitors (with a total of 65 booths) spanned the following career pathways as well as representation from higher education: • Construction, Skilled Trades, Technical Science, & Advanced Manufacturing • Cybersecurity, Information Technology, STEM, Art & Design • Health Science, Criminal Justice, and Public Safety • Business, Marketing, and Public Administration • Hospitality, Education, and Human Services • Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Energy • Military Branch • Higher Education Douglas County School District – Your FUTURE CAREER Showcase, hosted by Castle View High School bridge funding, asphalt supply, affordable housing, greenhouse gas reduction, opioid settlement, tax policy and behavioral health. The CCI Foundation wishes to thank Wagner Equipment, CTSI, Magellan Strategies, Colorado Housing and Finance Authority and Enterprise Fleet Management for their support of this event. The CCI Foundation holds two conferences annually to educate members and share best practices. Conferences in 2022 will be held May 31-June 2, 2022 in Eagle County and November 28-30, 2022 in El Paso County. Visit for the most up to date information on these conferences or contact Annie Olson at 8| ColoradoPublic Works Journal This same group will be present on March 30th for our second and final showcase of the year. Ponderosa HS will play host to that event. Both events were a collaborative effort between DCSD Counselors and the DCSD Postsecondary Readiness departments. For more information on joining these types of events or hosting an intern from one of our nine high schools or any of the other work-based learning activities (industry tours, guest speaking at the high schools, or part-time employment of our students) please contact the DCSD WBL Program Specialist: Kathy Frommer/ or call 303-519-7134.

UPDATES Works News 2022 SUBStrong Virtual Event 5-6 April 2022 2022 SUBStrong is a two-day virtual conference focusing on building the bottom line of the construction subcontractor business. SUBStrong hosts keynote speaker presentations to kick off each day before diving into hour-long tracks that provide resources and solutions you need to build your bottom line. Keynote Speaker Presentations: 2022 Construction Overview & Economic Update with Rex Buchanan, American Institute of Steel Construction • “Where Have All theWorkers Gone?" - Larry Williams, President, MEMCO Main Topics Include: Win the Battle Consistency: Unleash the Guide to Full Potential • Reading Between the Lines, Contract Study • Workforce Development • 2022 Hot Topics and Trends in Construction • Leadership, Listen, Learn, Lead Registration Details Include: One login for the entire conference for your entire company, share the link with others in your company • Login each morning from your computer, tablet, phone, or across multiple devices, and stay logged in the entire day. Learn more at Spring2022| 9 Last fall, Phil Washington CEO of DEN announced Vision 100, a plan to ensure that Denver International Airport (DEN) will have the capacity and infrastructure to support 100 million annual passengers within the next 10 years. Then in November, DEN invited comments and suggestions about Vision 100. After months of intensive research, including the consideration of the feedback and suggestions, DEN developed a new strategic plan based on Vision 100 that they are launching. This strategic plan will guide work over the next three to five years as they continue to invest in and improve the airport. The Strategic Plan is based on four pillars and four guiding principles. Here are their four pillars: • Powering our People: This includes those who work at DEN and community members who want to be part of DEN today or in the future. Ultimately, DEN want to become THE place that businesses and governments around the world look to recruit and hire aviation talent. • Growing their Infrastructure: Investing and growing the facility to ensure DEN can accommodate 100 million annual passengers. • Maintaining What they Have: The airport is turning 27 years old this year and is experiencing a great deal of wear and tear due to increasing passenger volumes. • Expanding Global Connections: DEN want to solidify Denver and DEN’s place on the world map and create more business and tourism opportunities. DEN - VISION 100 Under each pillar are three strategic objectives and corresponding metrics. These objectives will serve as our goals for the next three to five years. Some of these objectives are ones we have already shared with you including: • Building a Center of Excellence and Equity in Aviation to provide career opportunities for our community. • Completing our Gate Expansion program and other major infrastructure projects to accommodate our growing airlines. • Growing our domestic network and looking for opportunities to expand to disconnected locations. • Developing the infrastructure of our real estate development around DEN that will create business opportunities and fuel our economy. As we work to achieve these strategic objectives, our work will be informed by our four guiding principles: Ultimately, this Strategic Plan will help us create an airport for the future by providing excellence in service and support as we prepare for 100 million annual passengers. In turn, we will create more economic, business, education, and cultural opportunities for our Denver community and the surrounding region. The opportunities are truly endless with Vision 100 and we look forward to taking this journey with you. Thank you for your continued support! Ultimately, this Strategic Plan will help us create an airport for the future by providing excellence in service and support as we prepare for 100 million annual passengers. In turn, we will create more economic, business, education, and cultural opportunities for our Denver community and the surrounding region. The opportunities are truly endless with Vision 100 and we look forward to taking this journey with you. Thank you for your continued support!

10| ColoradoPublic Works Journal On March 1, John Deere announced the release of the newly enhanced 350 P-tier and 380 P-tier excavators to the manufacturer’s mid-size excavator lineup. These revamped machines are the first excavator models to launch as part of John Deere’s new Performance Tiering strategy. The 350 P-tier and 380 P-tier support on-demand safety, comfort, and control — all while delivering the power needed to produce at high levels on the job. Manufactured in Kernersville, N.C., the 350 P-tier and 380 P-tier were designed to deliver exceptional performance, efficiency, comfort, and service life in demanding, high-production applications. With productivity top-of-mind, both excavators offer SmartGrade™ technology as a factory option and field upgrade kits. Customers can choose from 2D guidance, 3D guidance, 2D SmartGrade Ready Control, and SmartGrade 3D Control. These grade management options allow customers to choose a level of technology that’s right for them with the ability to upgrade as their business grows. Overdig protect limits the bucket's cutting edge from going below the target design surface. Visibility around the machines has been improved with the option of a right, rear and left camera system with LED surround lighting that provides enhanced 270 degree visibility and is integrated into the primary display in the cab. Focusing on operator comfort and producEQUIPMENT Works News The World of Asphalt 2022 show in Nashville in March saw the Wirtgen Group showing 11 exhibits representing a cross-section of its market-oriented and holistic solutions for the entire road construction process. The highlight of the show, the W 120 Fi, celebrated its world premiere at the event as a representative of Wirtgen’s new generation of compact milling machines. On the 9,000sq.ft./840m2 booth at the show, the focus was set not only on Wirtgen Group solutions, but also on the critical issues of cost-effectiveness and sustainability. Unique in this industry segment, the innovative technologies of the proven Wirtgen F-series large milling machines have now been integrated in the company’s compact milling machines. The New W 120 Fi Compact Milling Machine Headlines the Show of Wirtgen Group Solutions at World of Asphalt 2022 John Deere Unveils new Mid-Sized Excavators tivity, both models come standard with front LED work lights. Owner/operators also have the option of a heated air suspension seat, premium leather heated and cooled seat, additional deluxe LED work lights, as well as cold weather and debris packages for those who tackle jobs in any weather condition. Outside the cab, both models are equipped with a new, larger hood design and better serviceability. Each cooler is individually removable, and operators or technicians have easier access within the compartment. In an effort to lower daily operating costs, the machines’ fuel economy is up seven percent compared to previous models via electric on-demand cooling fans that reduce engine load, in-line after treatment for less restriction and system complexity, along with increased front piping diameter to cut down hydraulic restriction. To learn more about the 350 P-Tier and 380 P-Tier, as well as the entire John Deere excavator lineup, visit

Spring2022| 11 SHOSHANA LEW Executive Director − CDOT Shoshana Lew took the helm at the Colorado Department of Transportation as the Executive Director in January 2019. In this edition of Industry Insights, Colorado Public Works Journal asked Shoshana to provide her perspective on CDOT and what it means to move people, goods, and information throughout Colorado. “Transportation can be very different from place to place,” shares Lew. “Colorado has attracted a lot of transplants like myself. It’s important to understand the terrain, the conditions, and Colorado’s climates can be quite extreme. Something as simple as snow tires that people from other places might not even think of can make a life and death difference in Colorado.” Having previously been the Chief Operating Officer for Rhode Island DOT and the Chief Financial Officer for the USDOT, Lew has made big picture budget and finance for the built environment her life’s work. In transportation, she finds a sector of service where it’s easy to see the tangible public benefit. “Transportation and infrastructure present complex challenges that genuinely affect almost everyone’s lives every day in real-time,” says Lew of her passion point. “It’s more than just moving people from A to B; it’s about how we pay for it and maintain it responsibly. It’s about creating two-way communication, so people know what’s happening on the road and we know what the public needs from us.” Asked about the state of the State, and the condition of the many roads and bridges under her charge, Lew is excited to begin year four of CDOT’s current 10-year plan. “The 10-year plan is the drumbeat of the organization. We are pleased to say that it includes public input and buy-in from each of Colorado’s 64 counties. This plan hits every corner of the state, including improving an estimated 600,000 miles of neglected rural roads.” Charged with overseeing the state’s transportation department, Lew offers a few thoughts for the many contractors, consultants, vendors, and material suppliers who execute CDOT work programs. “I think there is a tendency for people to get inside a bubble in their work. Everyone needs to step outside of their specific role or discipline and hear what others have to say. There are many layers and levels of expertise involved in transportation, and all of us must focus on transparency, accountability, collaboration, and communication. We can’t over-communicate.” As to the public traveling Colorado’s roads, Lew reinforces that our unique weather and terrain substantially shape CDOT’s everyday approach. “Roughly 60 percent of CDOT’s workforce is in operations, snow and ice, and roadway maintenance and preservation. By contrast, in Rhode Island, the state outsourced that. People can’t imagine what it would be like without the big orange fleet out there on snow days, but let me tell you, it would be very different if kids missed school for a week every time it snowed. Those guys earn our respect, and they deserve it.” INDUSTRY INSIGHTS “It’s more than just moving people from A to B; it’s about how we pay for it and maintain it responsibly” Key Projects in Progress CO 21 (Powers Blvd) and Research Parkway Diverging Diamond Interchange: • Replacing an at-grade intersection at CO21 and Research Parkway with a Diverging Diamond Interchange overpass expected to be completed in November 2022. I-25 Operational Improvements - Fillmore to Garden of the Gods: • Design and development of I-25 Auxiliary/Continuous Merge Lanes from Fillmore Street in Colorado Springs to Garden of the Gods Road exit. Currently in design with construction anticipated to start in summer 2022 and complete in 2024. I-25 North Express Lanes: Berthoud to Fort Collins: • Will increase highway capacity by adding an express lane in each direction, rebuilding interchangers, replacing aging bridges, and reduce highway curves from improved safety. The project will add two mobility hub transit facilities, add a carpool lane, and make utility and drainage improvements. feature by Sean O’Keefe View of I-25 North, Segments 7-8 taken in November 2021

12| ColoradoPublic Works Journal by Sean O’Keefe Safe Space more than a moment, site safety is an obligation to oneself and to each other Images © Kiewit, Fiore, OE Construction Earth Work and Underground Utilities: Nate Montes, General Superintendent OE Construction Founded in 2006, OE Construction has established itself as a reliable resource in site development services spanning excavation and earthwork to underground utilities. Serving clients across Colorado and occasionally beyond from their Golden, CO headquarters, OE Construction lives a culture of safety on every project they touch through a task-by-task focus on the fundamentals. OE’s General Superintendent, Nate Montes, is an industry veteran of more than 25-years of experience who shares that there are no second chances at doing a job right the first time. “Safety is essential every step of the way in our work,” says Montes, who has been with OE for 11 years. “There is no reset button. Once it’s too late, it’s too late. So safety first, second, third, and always is the only way we work at OE Construction.” With an employee headcount that fluctuates between 40 and 50, OE Construction specializes in heavy civil construction services, including overlot and site grading, structural excavation, underground utilities, stormwater management, and demolition, all of which are replete with danger if people aren’t paying attention. Construction is populated by critical constants, must-haves, and will-dos of many sorts. From deadlines and dollar signs to logistics, communication, and resource coordination, there is a never-ending stream of ways for things to get sideways quickly if people aren’t paying attention to the details. However, you can ask any builder worth his salt what the most important thing is, and every one of them will say nothing matters more than safety. In heavy civil construction, the challenges are many, the machinery is massive, and the potential for danger is everywhere. In this issue of Colorado Public Works Journal, we share a few thoughts from those in the know on the ins and out of ensuring healthy tomorrows for all involved.

Spring2022| 13 “Our work involves extremely large machinery – excavators, loaders, dozers, scrapers, and such – none of which can stop on a dime. Hitting the breaks isn’t the way to prevent accidents. Direct eye contact with the operator and confirmed communication eliminate assumptions to keep everyone on the same page at all times.” Like the machinery used to do the work, a site’s soil conditions also often present hidden dangers that require vigilance. Montes points out that not all earthwork is the same, and the quality and capacity of site soils play an essential role in how work is safely executed. “It is important to keep an eye on the soil type and conditions. Some ground is rocky, some is mainly clay, and some is sandy loose soil that can slide or shift when moved. Understanding the specifics and following OSHA Standard 1926 Subpart P is imperative for excavation where a hole could collapse inward. Trench safety relies heavily on a checklist of considerations that must be observed and accounted for continuously.” Pre-task planning is an everyday obligation for OE’s construction crews. Accurate utility locates pinpoint the precise placement of everything in the ground before work begins to avoid unintentional utility strikes. Daily start meetings involve team stretch and flex activities, workflow planning including hazardous analysis, and equipment inspection checklists to ensure machinery is well-maintained and all safety guards are as required. “Fundamentally, our biggest resources in assuring job site safety are the people doing the work,” shares Montes. “Everyone working on an OE job is given a Stop Work Card that can be used at any time in any situation that doesn’t seem right. Take that card out, and we’ll stop work without hesitation. We will inspect the situation and resolve the problem every single time without regard for the production schedule.” Wet Utilities: Chris Crowley, Safety Director, Fiore & Sons, Inc. Dedicated to total site management, Fiore & Sons, Inc. provides a complete spectrum of civil contracting and heavy equipment services to Front Range, Colorado. Working across a combination of public and private-sector assignments, Fiore & Sons takes responsibility for over lot grading and ground preparation, site utility installation, demolition, environmental cleanup, and civil construction management (CCM). Safety Director, Chris Crowley, has been with Fiore & Sons for five years and takes a lot of pride in the company’s strong safety culture and performance. “Fiore’s safety culture is an important part of the way we connect as co-workers; it’s part of who we are as a company,” says Crowley, a Certified Safety Professional and an OSHA outreach trainer for 10- and 30- hour construction courses. Crowley oversees five safety officers who monitor the safety performance of the firm’s 340+ employees on job sites from Greeley to Pueblo. “FIORE PRIDE is a peer-to-peer recognition program that encourages teammates to nominate one another for positive behaviors that improve our performance and make our job site’s safer places.” Crowley shares that for Fiore, safety links directly to quality and productivity, and everyone’s focus needs to be on all three. Starting with Speak Up, Listen Up strategies and Stop Work authority for everyone on the job site, Fiore’s safety culture requires that crews doing the work be precisely matched with the work itself so that only highly trained personnel are ever engaged in any task. In addition, every new employee is assigned a mentor and goes through a 30 and 60-day review to begin their tenure. “Specifically in the realm of water and wastewater construction, there are a lot of really specialized dangers,” says Crowley of working with wet utilities. “In every case, people are either working within a trench or in a confined space, two situations that require training with added planning and care to execute safely.” Within any trench, there is the possibility of a collapse. Therefore, Fiore takes special care to pre-plan each task and ensure the right people and safety equipment are on hand. Using the cut and cover method, Fiore plans to open only

14| ColoradoPublic Works Journal trench lengths they can finish in a day and completely covers and protects excavations when work stops. A team lead trained as a Competent Person who has learned expertise in slope stability soil analysis observes each trench using sloping, shoring, or a trench shield within the trench itself. “Confined spaces, where a person enters a manhole or underground vault is another area where additional care goes into planning the work,” says Crowley. “In confined spaces, we train and employ a No Entry Rescue Method, involving a harness on the person going in attached to a tripod outside of the entrance. If something happens, we’re going to get that person out of danger without sending a second person into danger, if possible.” Roads and Bridges: Mitch Ellingson, Central District Safety Manager, Kiewit As one of the largest transportation builders in the United States, Kiewit takes on the challenge of delivering some of the largest and most complex public infrastructure projects in the nation. From roads, bridges, highways, and tunnels to rail lines and airports, Kiewit’s workforce is integrated into the fabric of America. Central District Safety Manager, Mitch Ellingson, has been with Kiewit for 18 years and today oversees safety across a geography stretching from Montana to Tennessee. “Safety isn’t about policies or procedures; it’s about people. If you can connect with people, you can integrate safety into their everyday behaviors for the better of all,” says Ellingson of the linchpin in safety success. “Kiewit is recognized as a leader in the construction industry for the scale and complexity of the work we build. However, we take just as much pride in safety as we do in rising to the challenge of a difficult job.” Having worked his way through the ranks of Kiewit’s safety program for the last 18 years, Ellingson has witnessed the progression of safety over his tenure and shares that a safety program must be both top-down and bottom-up to be effective. “About twelve years ago, Kiewit implemented the Craft Voice in Safety (CVIS) program, which empowers the craft workforce to speak up about safety issues or concerns without repercussions,” says Ellingson. “Craft members from every discipline volunteer for the CVIS team, and they must be well respected and approachable by their peers. These craft leaders circulate through the project interacting with other workers to ensure their concerns, opinions, and observations can be heard. This is a no-name, no-blame system that has contributed to lower incident and injury rates on projects of every sort.”

Spring2022| 15 Within the realm of roads, bridges, tunnels, and transportation infrastructure building, the dangers are many and varied. “From the size of the equipment to proximity to the traveling public, there is a lot to pay attention to in constructing transportation infrastructure. Fall protection, dropped object protection, and traffic protection are among many everyday concerns. Therefore, it’s important to define stringent safeguards around every possible condition and then create checklist procedures to assure nothing is left to chance.” With so many varied people and processes mingling on a job site, Ellingson shares that pre-task planning is essential to the successful execution of the work every step of the way. In addition, creating two-way communications with the subcontractors working on a Kiewit project goes beyond meeting OSHA standards. “There are an almost infinite number of lessons learned in job site and task-based safety,” says Ellingson. “We work with subcontractors and suppliers to share insights and improve processes in both directions. We can learn from them, and they can learn from us. We all have to remember, no project we build will ever be more important than the people we ask to build it.”

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Thomas Peterson, P.E 2| THE ROAD AHEAD Welcome toTHE Road Ahead—Spring 2022 Promoting Quality Through Success One of CAPA’s most rewarding activities is celebrating quality achievement and project success through our Annual “Best in Colorado” Asphalt Awards Program. At the 28th Annual “Best in Colorado” Asphalt Awards Dinner & Program held on February 9, we recognized 15 projects in a variety of categories as the “best of the best” in Colorado for 2021. In addition, CDOT Chief Engineer Steve Harelson presented the recipients of the CDOT Smoothest Asphalt Pavement Awards and the CDOT Quality in Asphalt Production Awards. Unique to the 2021 awards, were three projects in our most competitive award category, Rural Highway Resurfacing, that were judged with near perfect scores and were recognized as co-winners. These projects, I-70 Vail Pass, US 85 Platteville South, and US 50 Sargents West, and each of the other award recipients are highlighted in this edition of CAPA’s news magazine THE Road Ahead. We congratulate all the award winners, both contractors and owner/agencies, and we are very proud of their accomplishments! We thank the Award Judge Team, led by Chairman Matt Matuszewski from the City of Littleton, for traveling the state of Colorado and evaluating every project. A highlight of the awards dinner was the induction of longtime Kiewit Infrastructure Asphalt Manager Harvey Elger into the Colorado Asphalt Hall of Fame. Harvey has been a mentor to many in our industry over a career that spans five decades. A feature on Harvey is included on page 24. As we look forward to the 2022 construction season, CAPA is hard at work supporting our members through training and education, partnering with agencies on technical issues and specification development, and the promotion of efficient and quality improvements through innovations and new technology. This issue of our magazine features several hot topics including environmental product declarations, workforce development opportunities, and NAPA’s 2050 Vision. Wishing all of you a successful construction season. Let us know how we can be of assistance in making your next project an award winner. Thomas Peterson, P.E. Executive Director Colorado Asphalt Pavement Association TRA- Cover Image: Cover Photo: Colorado Springs Airport, Kiewit Infrastructure, 2021

Honnen Equipment Company, Commerce City, 303-287-7506 Intertek - PSI, Westminster, 303-424-5578 Jacobs Engineering Group, Denver, 303-820-5240 Kleinfelder Inc., Golden, 303-237-6601 Kraemer NA, Castle Rock, 303-688-7500 Kumar & Associates Inc., Denver, 303-742-9700 LHoist North America, Henderson, NV, 702-818-1575 Martinez Associates LLC, Denver, 303-459-2216 Metro Pavers Inc., Henderson, 303-427-1039 MHC Kenworth, Denver, 720-941-0833 Mile High Paving, Co., Arvada, 720-441-5519 Minds Corp., Las Vegas, NV, 702-930-2984 Mountain Regional Equipment Solutions, Littleton, 801-886-3078 National Pavement Partners, Commerce City, 303-218-5292 - NEW New West Paving, Denver, 303-427-0550 Ninyo & Moore, Greenwood Village, 303-629-6000 Northwest Colorado Consultants, Steamboat Springs, 970-879-7888 Pete Lien and Sons, Rapid City, SD, 605-342-7224 Pickering, Cole and Hivner, Westminster, 303-996-2999 Power Equipment Company, Colorado Springs, 888-690-8292 Power Motive Corporation, Denver, 303-355-5900 Propane Transport International, Houston, TX, 281-552-4024 Protex, The PT Xperts, Aurora, 303-834-0671 Purple Wave Auction, Manhattan, KS, 866-608-9283 Pyramid Paving, Colorado Springs, 719-576-7600 R.J. Pagan & Associates Inc., Castle Rock, 303-663-5800 Roadtec Inc., Grand Junction, 970-270-5026 Robinson Grading & Profiling, Gillette, WY, 307-682-2422 Rocky Mountain Civil Excavating, Brighton, 303-669-3623 - NEW RockSol Consulting Group, Inc., Westminster, 303-962-9300 Rush Truck Centers, Commerce City, 303-291-6300 - NEW Seal Coat Solutions – Colorado Springs, (719) 634-1001 Shannon and Wilson, Inc, Denver, 303-825-3800 Soilogic Inc., Longmont, 970-535-6144 Son-Haul Inc., Fort Morgan, 970-867-4401 Sunland Asphalt, Littleton, 303-791-8300 Terex Roadbuilding, Oklahoma City, OK, 405-787-6020 Terracon, Wheat Ridge, 303-423-3300 Trautner Geotech LLC, Durango, 970-259-5095 Trax Construction, Colorado Springs, 719-638-8729 Valley Equipment, Denver, 303-293-3377 Vance Bros., Denver, 303-341-2604 Vine Laboratories, Denver, 303-662-1166 Vivid Engineering Group, Colorado Springs, 719-896-4356 Wagner Equipment Company, Aurora, 303-739-3000 Western Milling, LLC, Grand Junction, 970-242-3964 Western Technologies Inc., Farmington, NM, 505-327-4966 WesTest, Denver, 303-975-9959 Wood Environment and Infrastructure Solutions, Denver, 303-935-6505 Yeh and Associates Inc., Denver, 303-781-9590 March 2022 CAPA Member List ASPHALT PARTNER ORGANIZATIONS ASSOCIATES 360 Paving, LLC, Eagle, 970-328-4900 ABC Asphalt, Brighton, 303-659-3706 - NEW All Colorado Semi Trailers, Denver, 303-494-647 A.G. Wassenaar Inc., Denver, 303-756-2920 A-Core Concrete Specialists of Colorado, Denver, 720-899-4899 A-One Chipseal Company, Westminster, 303-464-9267 A-Peak Asphalt Inc., Vail, 970-476-8855 Acord Asphalt, Inc., Granby, 970-887-0363 Albert Frei & Sons, Henderson, 303-289-1837 Alliance Testing, Sterling, 720-388-9511 Alpha Milling Co. Inc., Denver, 303-428-2899 Andale Construction Inc., Wichita, KS, 505-716-6851 Antigo Construction Inc., Antigo, WI, 715-627-2222 APEX Pavement Solutions, Golden, 303-273-1417 Arkema - Road Science LLC, Berthoud, 970-389-2639 ARS Companies, Littleton, 303-791-7404 Asphalt Doctors Inc., Denver, 303-956-8201 Asphalt Testing Services (ATS), Denver, 303-923-5493 Astec Inc., Chattanooga, TN, 423-867-4210 Atkins, Denver, 303-221-7275 Avery Asphalt Inc., Colorado Springs, 719-471-0110 Barbarick, LLC, Colorado Springs, 719-495-9013 Best Engineering Solutions, Silverthorne, 970-409-9670 Bobcat of the Rockies, Golden, 303-216-1402 BOMAG Americas Inc., Kewanee, IL, 800-782-6624 Caterpillar Inc., Brooklyn Park, MN, 303-336-3693 Cesare Inc., Centennial, 303-220-0300 CEI Enterprises Inc., Albuquerque, NM, 800-545-4034 Coatings Inc., Arvada, 303-434-4303 COBITCO Inc., Denver, 303-296-8575 Columbine Hills Concrete Inc., Silverthorne, 970-468-7813 Colorado Barricade, Denver, 303-922-7815 Colorado Machinery LLC, Colorado Springs, 719-475-1100 Colorado Milling, Westminster, 303-358-4343 Coughlin Company, St. George, UT, 435-634-1266 Crafco Inc., Chandler, AZ, 800-227-4059 CTL/Thompson Inc., Denver, 303-825-0777 Cutler Repaving Inc., Lawrence, KS, 785-843-1524 Dillman Equipment, Norman, OK, 888-818-4807 Dustrol Inc., Albuquerque, NM, 505-891-8342 Earth Engineering Consultants Inc., Windsor, 970-224-1522 Elite Surface Infrastructure, Denver, 303-287-0777 Entech Engineering Inc., Colorado Springs, 719-531-5599 ESCO, Evergreen, 303-674-3385 - NEW EZ Street Company, The, Miami, FL, 800-734-1476 Faris Machinery Company, Commerce City, 303-289-5743 Fiore & Sons, Denver, 303-429-8893 - NEW Foothills Paving and Maintenance Inc., Golden, 303-462-5600 Gencor Industries Inc., Conifer, 303-670-5456 Geocal Inc., Centennial, 303-337-0338 GMCO Corp., Rifle, 970-625-9100 Goltz Asphalt Co., Loveland, 970-663-2343 Ground Engineering Consultants, Commerce City, 303-289-1989 Hamon Infrastructure – Denver, 303- 297-0340 265 Members and Growing! CAPA welcomed 21 new members in 2021 and has added two more in 2022. We continue to be the largest State Asphalt Pavement Association with nearly 270 members because of our member and the services we provide to them. JOIN US TODAY! JOIN OUR GROWING LIST OF MEMBERS. FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT TOM CLAYTON at 303-741-6150 ext.151, or 4| THE ROAD AHEAD

For High Quality Asphalt Paving and Professional Services - Call a CAPA Member today! AFFILIATES Alliance GeoSynthetics, Lake Oswego, OR, 949-610-6098 Assignar, Denver, Denver, 303-228-5405 - NEW Award & Sign, Englewood, 303-799-8979 Balanced Engineering, Denver, 303-523-6074 - NEW Basis Partners, Colorado Springs, 719-299-5077 - NEW BG Chemical LP, Dallas, TX, 800-725-8470 Cargill Inc., Wayzata, MN 1-800-842-3631 - NEW Centaurs, Houston, TX 719-433-0614 Civil Technology, Inc., Denver, 303-292-0348 Cloud Colorado, Parker, 303-708-9725 Colorado Public Works Journal, Denver, 720-205-4681 Colorado Road Painting LLC, Loveland, CO - NEW Denver Industrial Sales & Service, Denver, 303-935-2485 Earth Science Systems, Wheatridge, 303-800-2000- NEW Earthwave Technologies, Indianapolis, IN, 317-218-6101 - NEW ECME, Mancos, 970-759-5320 Ellis Profiling, Mapleton, UT, 801-380-7832 Evergreen Solutions LLC, Alberta, Canada 4033-273-8000 - NEW Falcon Aerial Imaging, Thornton, 720-360-8388 - NEW Final Grade Professional Utility Adjusters, Grand Junction, 970-255-0704 GRC Consulting, Inc, Frederick, 303-288-4703 Go West, IT, Centennial, 303-795-2200 Haul Hub Technologies, Haverhill, Maine 833-428-5482 - NEW Holmes, Murphy & Associates, Denver, 303-283-9966 Huitt-Zollars, Inc., Denver, 303-740-7325 Ingevity, North Charleston, NC, 800-845-1983 InstroTek Inc., Raleigh, NC, 919-875-8371 JR Engineering, Centennial, 80112 - NEW The Kercher Group, Inc, Newark, DE 302-894-1098 Kimley Horn, LLC, Denver, CO, 303-228-2300 Libra Systems, Denver, 303-740-7325 Loveland Barricade, Loveland, 970-663-5311 Mark Ryan Inc., Conifer, 303-674-4754 Momentum Energy Services, Denver, 303-623-5756 Moody Insurance Agency Inc., Denver, 303-824-6600 OSCS Inc., Fort Worth, TX, 817-834-5411 PEXCO, Tacoma, WA, 253-284-8000 Precise Striping, LLC, Commerce City, 303-462-2800 PRI Asphalt Technologies, Tampa, FL 813-621-5777 QPC, Wheatridge, 970-361-1525 Redhawk Consulting, LLC, Golden, 303-656-0041 Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers, Longmont, 303-881-1399 RM Profilograph, Colorado City, 81019 - NEW Rocky Mountain Profilograph Inc., Pueblo, 719-250-5556 RSA Protective Technologies LLC, Loveland CO - NEW Sapphire Gas Solutions, LLC, Dallas, TX, 214-500-6876 Schrader Propane, Fort Collins, CO, 970-484-1212 Seal Master Denver, Denver, 303-394-2220 Stanley Consultants, Englewood, 720-733-1821 Strategic Financial Partners, Colorado Springs, 719-388-0237 Tenna, LLC, Aurora, 303-503-0926 - NEW Tensar International Corp., Broomfield, 303-429-9511 Town of Nederland, Nederland, 303-258-3266 Triax Engineering, LLC, Denver, 720-230-1931 TST Inc. of Denver, Lone Tree, 303-792-0557 Wells Fargo Equipment Finance, Colorado Springs, 719-591-7239 Western Infrastructure Inc., Centennial, 970-261-5004 Work Zone Traffic Control, Inc, Pueblo, 719-296-0222 WSP - Colorado Springs, 719-452-4293 AFFILIATE AGENCY MEMBERS CAPA has an Affiliate-Agency Member List that includes 79 city, county, town and other government agencies (including the E-470 Public Highway Authority and the Northwest Parkway Public Highway Authority) that have joined to benefit from training and education, technical assistance, and specification development. Founded 1906 ASPHALT PRODUCER & SUPPLIER MEMBERS JOIN US TODAY! For more information contact Tom Clayton ( 303-741-6150 X 151 Spring2022| 5

Upcoming RMAEC Webinars: • April 16: Best Practices for Compacting Asphalt Pavements • May 12: PG Binders – An Overview and Guidance for Best Use • June 16: Managing the Placement Surface Treatments (Chip, Slurry, etc.) RMAEC Webinars are offered at NO COST to CAPA members and agency partners. To Register: We Thank You Sponsors! To become an RMAEC Webinar Sponsor, contact Tom Clayton at Spring2022| 7 RMAEC WEBINARS: Timely Training! Great Value! Asphalt Pavement Industry Sets Goal of Net Zero Carbon Emissions By 2050 Visit the NAPA website at to learn more about the asphalt industry initiative. The asphalt pavement industry is committed to being part of the environmental solution. “As a multi-generational, family-owned company, we’re not being pressured by investors and customers to do this. We’re taking the initiative ourselves,” said Dan Gallagher, President of Gallagher Asphalt Corp. and Vice Chair of NAPA’s Climate Stewardship Task Force. “Because when I think about my children and grandchildren, I know this is what we need to do for our families, our communities, our companies, and our industry.” WWW.CO-ASPHALT.COM

WWW.CO-ASPHALT.COM INDUSTRY NEWS CAPA has published the 2022 Local Agency Summary Pavement Condition & Funding Summary Report. It is available to download from the CAPA website. Across the state there are 88,000 lane miles of asphalt and local agencies are responsible for funding and maintaining 74% of that network (over 65,000 lane miles). Ninety six agencies have provided street funding and condition data in the 2022 edition. Agency feedback has been very supportive, “Thanks for taking the time to compile all of this information, it is very useful”…“Thanks for sharing other agencies responses so we can see where we are”…“Thank you for continuing to put this together, it is a great tool to share with our Elected Officials”. 2022 Outlook: Of the 30 agencies that reported both 2021 and 2022 data, 73% reported the same or an increase in their streets budget (+$30.4M) and 27% reported a decrease (-$7.8M). Budget data also indicates that Capital Improvement Project spending is down 15%, Mill & Overlay programs have increased 7% and Maintenance Programs have significantly increased. Agencies are reporting that over $352M has been budgeted for 2022 Annual Street Improvement Programs with an additional $322M in Capital Projects. That represents a total of over $674M being spent by Local Agencies in 2022 on streets and infrastructure across Colorado. For more information contact CAPA’s Director of Pavement Engineering Mike Skinner at or 2022 Local Agency Pavement Condition and Funding Summary Data Available 8| THE ROAD AHEAD