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The Ontario Hot Mix Producers Association (OHMPA) has kicked off its annual Road Tour in cities across the province.


The Ontario Hot Mix Producers Association (OHMPA) has kicked off its annual Road Tour in cities across the province.

This year’s hot topic will be OHMPA technical director Sandy Brown’s introduction of the Draft Contract Language for the MGAC specification which addresses the quality of asphalt cement. Also being introduced is OHMPA’s newly released Potholes 101 – Fact & Fiction publication.

“Given our severe winter, this year there’s been a lot of talk about what actually causes potholes,” said Brown.

“The Road Tour is a great way to get information out to our members, municipalities and consulting engineers on best practices in paving that will help to prevent potholes in the future and to address the perceived notion that the quality of Ontario’s asphalt cement is sub-standard. The fact is, there is no ‘garbage asphalt’ in Ontario.”

This year’s tour will include the latest information from municipal representatives from the Municipal Liaison Committee on improving longitudinal joints and the new OPSS310 Spreadsheet and a representative from Heat Design Equipment, manufacturers of infrared heaters, will present on best practices in using joint heaters.

The Ministry of Transportation (MTO) will also update the tour on 2014 initiatives, regional reports and forecasts.

OHMPA executive director Doug Duke will moderate a round table discussion between members, municipal and MTO representatives to encourage conversation about issues and concerns in their respective regions.

“This year’s Road Tour seminars will provide attendees a terrific opportunity to meet owners and specifiers and discuss ways to continue to improve asphalt, Ontario’s number one choice in pavement,” said Duke.

“Everyone from contractors to consulting engineers will be able to engage in one-on-one conversations about issues that are impacting them currently. Having these conversations and getting the right information to the right people at this critical time will help pave the way for success.”

The quartet of seminars began in Guelph on April 24 and will continue in Kingston on April 29, Sudbury on May 1 and Mississauga on May 6.

Visit www.ohmpa.org for more information. Follow seminar events and conversations on Twitter: #OHMPARoadTour @OHMPA.

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