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Southern Illinois Asphalt Co., Inc. is accepting quotes from qualified Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE) for the Illinois Department of Transportation Letting on April 26, 2019.

Interested DBEs may learn more about the Letting and projects by contacting us at (618) 998-1615 or visiting the IDOT website at  www.dot.state.il.us.

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The Delta Companies Inc. partnered with the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) to help children in northeast Arkansas and southern Illinois to Dream Big.

The Dream Big project celebrates engineering and aims to inspire the next generation.

Dream Big: Engineering Our World is a MacGillivray Freeman Film developed in partnership with ASCE and presented by Bechtel Corporation. Their website (https://dreambigfilm.com) describes the film in the following manner:

 “Narrated by Academy Award winner Jeff Bridges, Dream Big: Engineering Our World is a first of its kind film for IMAX and giant screen theatres that will transform how we think about engineering. From the Great Wall of China and the world’s tallest buildings, to underwater robots, solar cars and smart, sustainable cities, Dream Big celebrates the human ingenuity behind engineering marvels big and small, and reveals the heart that drives engineers to create better lives for people around the world.”

ASCE led a coalition of engineering organizations to design the Dream Big project to be used by museums, engineers, and teachers. It is also a tool for fostering connections between science centers where the giant screen film plays and volunteers from the local community serve as partners, role models, and experts.

The Delta Companies helped provide the Dream Big toolkit to elementary and junior high schools – 81 in southern Illinois and 119 in northeast Arkansas.  The toolkit is a two-disc set that includes the full-length feature film in English, French, Spanish, and closed captioned (licensed for educational screenings only), the complete teacher’s guide, all companion videos, and downloadable files for classroom use.

In 2018, ASCE embarked on the ambitious goal of putting the Dream Big educational toolkits into every public school across the United States. Thanks to the generosity of ASCE members, companies, and individuals, that big dream is now a reality.

You may learn more about engineering by visiting www.asce.org and Dream Big at www.discovere.org/dreambig.

 

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Apex Paving Company, a subsidiary of the Delta Companies Inc., won a “2018 Larry H. Lemon Quality in Construction Award” for excellence in construction of an asphalt pavement. The company received its award in January at a ceremony during the National Asphalt Pavement Association’s (NAPA) 64th Annual Meeting in Marco Island, Florida.

The Larry H. Lemon Quality in Construction Award recognizes the 10 highest-scoring projects submitted for a Quality in Construction Award in the General Paving (less than 50,000 tons) category. The award is named after Larry H. Lemon of Haskell Lemon Construction in Oklahoma City, who served faithfully on the Awards Committee for 18 years, before serving as Chairman of NAPA in 2010. Lemon was instrumental in the creation of the rating system for the Quality in Construction Awards which require qualitative analysis by independent engineers using data and test results to determine the winners. The award is sponsored by Asphalt Contractor magazine.

The asphalt pavement industry is committed to building high-quality projects that deliver superior performance to the traveling public. All contractors’ projects earning a Quality in Construction award are measured against best practices designed to live up to that commitment,” said 2018 NAPA Chairman Craig Parker. “Earning the Quality in Construction Award demonstrates that the Delta Companies Inc. has met or exceeded these rigorous standards.”

The Delta Companies Inc. is a site development and highway contractor specializing in asphalt paving and road construction materials. It has operations throughout southeast Missouri, northeast Arkansas, and southern Illinois. The Corporate Office is located in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.

Apex Paving Company earned the award for its work on various roads in Pemiscot County, Missouri. The work was performed under contract with the Missouri Department of Transportation on Routes J, F, O, and Z. The project consisted of cold milling and resurfacing, with a 1-inch asphalt overlay, approximately 30 miles of roadway. Both of the asphalt mixes used for the project included recycled asphalt shingles (RAS), steel slag, and a high percentage of reclaimed asphalt pavement (RAP). This approach conserved the use of virgin materials while reducing emissions, and cutting project costs. This also demonstrates the eco-consciousness of asphalt pavement and represents the industry’s commitment to sustainability.

When asked about the award, Delta President Zach Green said “I am extremely proud of our employees from the asphalt terminal, limestone quarry, and asphalt plant to the laydown crew and quality control technicians. We build quality into all of our products and services on a daily basis.

Apex Paving Company produced smooth, high-quality asphalt pavements for area motorists.

The National Asphalt Pavement Association provides technical, educational, and marketing materials and information to its members; supplies product information to users and specifiers of paving materials; and conducts training courses. The association, which counts more than 1,100 companies as members, was founded in 1955.

During Day 3 of Delta Days 2019, President Zach Green recognized those in attendance who were involved in the project. This represents a small number of all the people who earned this award. Thanks to all!

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Delta Asphalt of Arkansas, Inc. is accepting quotes from qualified Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE) for the Arkansas Department of Transportation Letting on April 10, 2018.

Interested DBEs may learn more about the Letting and projects by contacting us at (870) 573-6893 or visiting the AHTD website at www.arkansashighways.com.

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Apex Paving Co., Inc. is accepting quotes from qualified Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE) for the Missouri Department of Transportation Letting on March 15, 2019.

Interested DBEs may learn more about the Letting and projects by contacting us at (573) 331-7561 or visiting the MoDOT website at www.modot.org.

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The “Arkansas Roads and Bridges Funding Coalition” delivered the following Open Letter to the 2019 Arkansas General Assembly on February 6, 2019 regarding funding for Arkansas’ transportation infrastructure.

We are writing as a broad coalition of statewide organizations that strongly believe the quality of our roads directly impacts the quality of life in Arkansas.  We are urging you to act to approve additional funding that will improve our roads and bridges and make them safer. We represent tens of thousands of Arkansans who want to travel on good state highways, county roads, bridges, and city streets. Thousands of people are waiting for you to take meaningful steps to address the fact that 25% of our roads are in failing condition.   

No matter which district you represent, good roads mean business growth, access for tourists, and fewer hours sitting in traffic congestion each week.   Our citizens want to be as connected by good and safe roads, as much as they are by the internet.   

We understand that the general assembly has many pressing issues to deal with during the 2019 legislative session, but we can’t wait until the final days of the session to have a rushed discussion about such a critical issue. Hard working people in hundreds of communities across Arkansas are asking us to remind you that decisive action needs to be taken now to address the poor condition of many of our roads.  County judges, mayors, city managers, school superintendents, and concerned leaders in your hometown want action taken now.    

The longer we wait to repair crumbling roads and bridges, the more it will cost to do the work later.  This isn’t our opinion, this is the simple reality of construction costs increasing annually. We have 765 bridges in Arkansas that are classified as structurally deficient, and that number will only continue to grow with more than 12,000 aging bridges in our state. Arkansas has 102,000 miles of roads and only 22,000 miles are eligible for federal aid. The burden to fix this problem is clearly on the state.   

An independent audit, requested by legislators and conducted by Arkansas Legislative Audit, said $478 million is needed to bring state highways, county roads, bridges, and city streets up to safety standards, preserve the current system at a quality level, and increase capacity. Economists estimate that spending $478 million would generate $1.3 billion in economic activity and support the creation of more than 5,000 new jobs.   

While Arkansas discusses new funding options, 14 nearby states have approved more than $37 billion in new highway funding in the past decade. In the past five years, seven southern states have raised or adjusted fuel taxes to make roads safer for their citizens.  Don’t we owe the same quality roads to hard working Arkansas families?  Aren’t we tired of hearing stories from drivers saying that when they drive into other states, they immediately notice the smoother ride?   

Recent polling shows that your constituents believe something needs to be done about this growing problem.  This poll indicates 90% of Arkansans feel our roads need repair, and 89% believe the work of improving roads is good for job creation. Of all households in our state, 51% say they are willing to pay between $1 and $10 dollars monthly to make our roads safer and better. If a thoughtful highway funding plan is developed, Arkansans will see what it means for their communities and support it.   

In recent years the Arkansas Department of Transportation has conservatively managed taxpayer resources by increasing the percentage of budget spent on repairing existing roads. We think Arkansans respect taking care of what we have before spending on new roads.  We also believe that most Arkansans don’t see the extension of a tax they are already paying as a new tax, rather they think of this as a reallocation of existing resources for a worthwhile effort.   

If families are telling us they are willing to pay more for better roads, don’t we owe it to at least listen to them and bring this issue to the floor for a reasoned discussion? We respectfully ask you to address this issue soon. We understand your work is difficult, but we also believe it would be better to find meaningful funding now, rather than engage in a fragmented discussion every two years.   

We know that $478 million is an ambitious goal, but let’s work together to get to a funding level that starts to realistically address the fact our roads are crumbling. We stand ready to work with you to remind our collective memberships, customers, constituencies, and communities why additional funding matters, and why the time is now.

Respectfully,

Brad Fryar, American Traffic and Safety Services Association

Mark Hayes, Arkansas Municipal League

Chris Villines, Association of Arkansas Counties

Joe Quinn, Arkansas Good Roads Foundation

Joey Dean, Associated General Contractors

Shannon Newton, Arkansas Trucking Association

Bill Roachell, Associated Builders and Contractors

Randy Zook, Arkansas State Chamber / AIA

Park Estes, Arkansas Asphalt Paving Association

Marvin Childers, The Poultry Federation

Stanley Hill, Arkansas Farm Bureau

(For Additional Information, please contact Joe Quinn, Executive Director of the Arkansas Good Roads Foundation, at (479) 426-5931.)

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Delta Asphalt of Arkansas, Inc. is accepting quotes from qualified Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE) for the Arkansas Department of Transportation Letting on February 27, 2018.

Interested DBEs may learn more about the Letting and projects by contacting us at (870) 573-6893 or visiting the AHTD website at www.arkansashighways.com.

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Apex Paving Co., Inc. is accepting quotes from qualified Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE) for the Missouri Department of Transportation Letting on February 15, 2019.

Interested DBEs may learn more about the Letting and projects by contacting us at (573) 331-7561 or visiting the MoDOT website at www.modot.org.

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Southern Illinois Asphalt Co., Inc. is accepting quotes from qualified Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE) for the Illinois Department of Transportation Letting on March 8, 2019.

Interested DBEs may learn more about the Letting and projects by contacting us at (618) 998-1615 or visiting the IDOT website at  www.dot.state.il.us.

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Delta Asphalt of Arkansas, Inc. is accepting quotes from qualified Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE) for the Arkansas Department of Transportation Letting on January 16, 2018.

Interested DBEs may learn more about the Letting and projects by contacting us at (870) 573-6893 or visiting the AHTD website at www.arkansashighways.com.

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