Colorado Public Works Journal, Fall/Winter 2022

14 /The Road Ahead WWW.CO-ASPHALT.COM ASPHALT AROUND THE STATE INDUSTRY NEWS In late August, Mike Skinner, CAPA's Director of Engineering, spent two weeks driving almost 3,000 miles around the western half of Colorado, from Walden to Cortez and Rangely to Alamosa (and almost everywhere in between) visiting western slope CDOT paving projects. My first observation from my travels…we are all lucky to live in such a beautiful state. Colorado is truly impressive with our high deserts, rolling grasslands, red rock canyons and Rocky Mountains. Out of state tourists spend thousands of dollars to vacation here to experience what we have right in our own backyard, so take advantage of what we have. My second observation…Colorado’s asphalt paving industry’s commitment and dedication to quality construction is impressive. I visited projects at airports and State Highways, back country county roads for surface mining and Colorado Scenic Byways and they all had a common theme…commitment to quality. Driving the state highways across CDOT Region 5 (Southwest Colorado) you’re reminded how smooth and quiet the roads are, that’s no coincidence. Region 5 is a perennial winner for CDOT’s smoothness award and our Industry contractors that pave in Region 5 are proud of that. However, each year CDOT has several remote paving projects across the state that pose their own set of challenges for project delivery. The Asphalt Paving Industry of Colorado has approximately 65 asphalt material facilities in 42 counites, plus an additional 5 to 7 portable plants to mobilize for remote projects. It’s those portable plants and associated operations that our industry mobilizes for remote rural work that pose additional challenges verses typical paving in urban corridors, including; Quality in Asphalt Construction - Remote Paving Around Colorado “Remote paving projects have their own unique challenges…paving impacts become even more exaggerated due to the remoteness and distances typically associated with these types of projects. One example is the impact of weather. Earlier this season we had significant wet weather which delayed our project for a time. Unfortunately, we couldn’t send the crew to work on another project during the delay because we were so far out, so we just had to wait it out and potentially impact our final completion date.” Kyle Rademacher SIMON Project Manager Liam Fuqua, SIMON