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‘One Industry. One Goal’ Honors Local Contractors

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Small Project of the Year Award: Granite Construction for 5400 South.


he 2020 Utah Asphalt Conference (UAC) was held at the Mountain America Exposition Center in Sandy, Utah on February 25 to 26, 2020. The conference, considered to be Utah’s premier asphalt-related trade show, offered technology and tool demonstrations, scholarship/award presentations, 32 educational seminars and hosted 86 exhibitors. The theme this year was “One Industry. One Goal”. Keynote speakers were Craig Bolerjack, Jarret Ingram, Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox, Mark Eaton, and Reed Ryan. The seminars focused on the challenges facing the industry in terms of growth, workforce develop-


ment, and taking the necessary steps to move forward with just one idea, one initiative, or one goal. “This biggest difference in the conference this year from last year was the continued growth of the conference in both attendees and exhibitors”, said Reed Ryan, executive director of The Utah Asphalt Pavement Association.” We more than doubled our sponsors this year with a record-level of support and had over 1,150 total attendees at the conference.”

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Large Project of the Year Award: Geneva Rock for Saratoga Springs Mountain View Corridor.

According to Ryan, a total of 1,150 people attended the event, and the conference sold more booths this year than in any previous year, 82, with additional space to allow four more booths. Ryan was joined by fellow keynote speakers Craig Bolerjack, Jarret Ingram, Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox and Mark Eaton. “Each speaker had their own unique message,” Ryan said, “but the theme of the conference this year was ‘One Industry. One Goal.’ To that end, our speakers

addressed what makes a successful team, the power of perspective, and the challenges facing our industry in terms of growth, workforce development, and taking the necessary steps to move forward with just one idea, one initiative, or one goal.” Scholarship award recipients received $1,500 each for a total of $6,000 in scholarships awarded at the conference. The recipients were: Colton Davis, Tanner Spencer, Braden Watson and Dalton David. “What was great about each recipient is that each is already involved and engaged with the

asphalt pavement industry in Utah, so it was great to recognize them as individuals and our industry as a whole as we bring in the next generation of skilled workers and managers,” Ryan said. Continued Growth “As an association, we are very grateful to witness the growth and support of the Utah Asphalt Conference over the past seven years,” said Ryan. “We’ve gone from just a few classes, no exhibitors and 150 attendees to what the conference is today: 32 classes; 1,150 attendees; and just see UAC page 8

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LaBelle Honored With Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Hal LaBelle grew up in Centerville, Utah, and graduated from Davis High, where he was active in student government and athletics. He went to Utah State on a baseball scholarship and graduated in 1960 after majoring in industrial management and minoring in economics. Hal also received an MBA from LaSalle University Extension in 1970. Hal’s career took an unexpected turn almost immediately after graduation in 1960. He had started working for a construction company. At the time, his dad was a chemical engineer who was working as the area lube oil manager for Phillips Petroleum Company. His dad and a co-worker decided to be partners and start Utah Emulsions Company. The partner passed away six months after they organized the new company. At that time, Hal’s father asked him to join him in the new venture. He happily agreed. Hal gives his dad credit for teaching him, by example and expectation, to have a great work ethic. He says his dad also had a positive attitude. Those attributes had a big impact as they started Utah Emulsions from ground zero, and the same attributes helped the company continue to be successful for many years after that. Hal is proud to be his father’s son because his dad was genuine and was always the same person regardless of who he was with. His dad’s best advice — and something Hal has heeded his entire career — was to “make recommendations that are best for your clients, not you; in the end, you will benefit because your clients will always trust you.” It was that advice that helped him receive the Hall of Fame honor at the Utah Asphalt Conference. Hal worked with his dad for 15 years, until his passing, far too young, at the age of 58. Hal continued to work as president of the business for another 10 years until the decision was made to sell Utah Emulsions to Koch Asphalt Co., a division of Koch Industries headquartered in Wichita, Kan. Hal stayed on with Koch as sales manager of the Western Region through 1998. After that, he joined Asphalt Systems Inc. as an intermountain marketing manager. He is currently a senior advisor on a part-time basis. During his entire career, Hal has had the opportunity of working with state DOTs, counties, cities and contractors and has supplied them with liquid asphalt products for their road maintenance projects. He has loved his work and appreciated the close friendships of co-workers and clients. Hal particularly admires two men who influenced and taught him: • Wally Stephenson, Utah DOT engineer • Gene Hansen, U.S. Forest Service

(L-R): Helen LaBelle, Hal LaBelle (Hall of Fame Inductee) and Reed Ryan, executive director of The Utah Asphalt Pavement Association..

For Hal, work is what you do to provide for your families, but he says the relationships he has developed with co-workers and customers have had an important positive effect on his work experience and results. engineer Hal is also glad to have worked together with Phil Manning for over 40 years. Phil is currently the general manager of the ASI Salt Lake facility, and he was Hal’s plant and operations manager of Utah Emulsions and Koch.

Hal enjoys working with other co-workers and clients as well. He has enjoyed working with state, county, city and contractor individuals and to learn from many of them. He has always respected and admired their professionalism. In addition to being awarded his engineer-

Hal has some good advice for those new to the industry: 1. Become aware of how important asphalt is to our way of life. Asphalt matters because the country as a whole and individual people all need good roads. 2. Focus on good relationships with customers and colleagues. 3. Be honest. Unfortunately, there are fewer and fewer people who consider a handshake to be totally trustworthy. Do what you say you are going to do; that, in and of itself, will put you firmly on the path toward success.

ing degree in 1960, Hal also married his college sweetheart. They have four children: Lisa, Rick, Curt and Mark. His family has been a great support for him. His sons Rick and Mark have worked with him at ASI for more than 15 years, and he has enjoyed working alongside them and learning from them. Both work with ASI’s road division, Rick out of Boise, Idaho, and Mark out of Salt Lake. Hal feels very fortunate to have had excellent co-workers and to work with friends and family. For Hal, work is what you do to provide for your families, but he says the relationships he has developed with co-workers and customers have had an important positive effect on his work experience and results. Since graduation, Hal has always been active in industry organizations on a local and national level, which has been very important and helpful for him. It was an honor and a great experience for him to serve on the board of directors and as vice chairman and chairman of the Associated General Contractors, a national organization that consists of associates and suppliers. Hal sees the asphalt industry as a team. Building and maintaining quality roads for the public is an important responsibility. Being successful depends on working together effectively. He sees associations like UAPA as a way to help members with that goal. UAPA also allows members to foster good relationships with suppliers and contractors. 

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How UDOT Takes From One Project, Gives to Another By Lori Tobias CEG CORRESPONDENT

The Utah Department of Transportation has come up with a unique way of saving money and helping out contractors by taking from one project and giving to another. It all started as engineers planned a project to widen U.S. 89 to six lanes between Main Street in Kaysville and S.R. 193 in Layton. They soon realized they’d be removing a significant amount of soil from the site. Meanwhile, a second project to build the new West Davis Corridor highway would require importing a significant amount of fill. “We got talking with the West Davis Corridor project team,” said Mike Romero, project manager. “We said, ‘Hey look, there is an excess. You are going to have to bring in a lot of material. Are you interested in using what we have?’ We looked at the cost savings, and moved some money around to help. It's nothing we’ve done before that I am aware of. Some of the feedback is that by us taking from one project to another, it helps the contracting community as a whole. It levels the playing field because typically that material should have been hauled off by our contractor and they’re responsible for that and they could have done whatever they want with it. If we take it and stockpile it, we could have a whole bunch ready to use. By the department keeping the rights, any contractor on the West Davis Corridor has access to that material.” The 785,000 cu. yds. that will be transferred to the West Davis Corridor project has saved UDOT an estimated $9.5 million in material and truck costs. The West Davis project is expected to begin in the fall. UDOT awarded the contract for the $348 million U.S. 89 project to Oak Hills Constructors earlier this year. The 9-mi.

The first phase of traffic impacts in March 2020 will begin in Fruit Heights and extend to just north of Cherry Lane in Layton.

project involves adding one lane in each direction of the highway, construction of two new bridges and four interchanges, the extension of a frontage road and a 3 mi. extension of Gordon Avenue to connect to U.S. 89. Currently, U.S. 89 is a highway with traffic signal intersections along the corridor. The project will remove the intersections, converting it from a highway to a freeway. The conversion will improve travel on two levels, Romero said. “One, we have a traffic mobility need — the age of the road doesn’t meet current travel demand,” Romero said, noting that the A Cat D6 dozer at work.

The new West Davis Corridor highway would require importing a significant amount of fill.

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The project will remove the intersections, converting it from a highway to a freeway.

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Construction Industry Gathers at Utah Asphalt Conference UAC from page 1

shy of 90 exhibitors taking up two halls and all of the classrooms at the Mountain America Expo Center. One of UAPA’s core values is our commitment to industry. I think the Utah Asphalt Conference is a direct manifestation of that commitment. I would put our conference up against any other asphalt-related conference in the entire nation, it is simply that good. At first blush, that may sound like a very prideful statement on my part, but as an association that started from the ground up just eight short years ago, we have never forgotten what makes it all work — it’s the people that attend, who are ready to Attendees visit exhibitor displays between seminars. learn, coming with a strong desire to get better at their jobs. For me, that’s humbling, and we better be certain that we continue to deliver on those expectations. I want nothing less than to be the best and I know this is exactly what our industry wants in Utah as well — put that kind of drive together with high expectations and I think we have a formula for success for many years to come.”

Spencer Gerrard of Intermountain Bobcat, members of the City Bountiful Engineering Dept. and Tommy Noe of Intermountain Bobcat exhibit the Bobcat T770 compact track loader. The T7770 is a Tier IV model and is primed for loading trucks, grinders and hoppers as well as many other jobs.

Contractor Awards were given Representing Honnen Equipment, Steve Daigh of (L-R): Cody Eck, of Idaho, in 4 different categories. Wirtgen America discusses the versatility of the new Vögele’s Super 2000-3i asphalt paver with Luis Martinez of Knife River.

Quality in Pavement Preservation Award: Cutler Repaving for SR-43 Quality in Construction Award: Western Rock Products for the St. George Regional Airport Small Project of the Year: Granite Construction for 5400 South Large Project of the Year: Geneva Rock for Saratoga Springs Mountain View Corridor

Hall of Fame Inductee Hal Labelle of Asphalt Systems, Inc. The induction into the

Gene Jones of Utah and Myke Thurman of Utah representing Ritchie Bros.

Utah Asphalt Hall of Fame is the highest award and honor UAPA gives each year. Black & Gold Sponsors: Staker Parson Materials & Construction, Geneva Rock, Honnen Equipment, Hales Sand & Gravel, Holbrook Asphalt, Barricade Services. Wheeler Machinery, ICM Solutions, Goodfellow Corporation, Nu Rock Asphalt Coatings and Morgan Pavement.

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Quality in Construction Award: Western Rock Products for the St. George Regional Airport. Photo credit to The newsLINK Group.

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(L-R): Todd Mansell, Cat Paving, Aaron Venz of Wheeler Machinery, customer Troy Riley of Green Construction and Cody Rhoades of Wheeler Machinery display the Cat AP1055F paver. The Cat AP1055F is known for its high travel speed, flotation, traction and mobility.

Tim Badberg of Cate Equipment Company (L) and Rick Smith of Cate Equipment Company representing the LeeBoy 250 tack tank. The 250 gallon tack distributor provides a perfectly sized tank for small to large projects including parking lots, patching, driveways or soil stabilization.

Long-time employee David Foulger of Century Equipment Company showcases the Case SR210 skid steer Tier IV-final.

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LOGAN 453 North 1000 West Logan, UT 84321 Phone: 435-752-1533 Fax: 435-752-5722

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Awards Handed Out for Outstanding Work on Projects UAC from page 8

Black & Silver Sponsors: Mountain Regional Equipment Solutions, Maxwell Products, Inc., Astec, Inc. and Mountain States Asphalt. Black & Bronze Sponsors: Coughlin Company, SealMaster Utah, All States Materials Group, Cate Equipment, Kilgore Companies, Komatsu Equipment Company, Double D Distribution, Graymont, CMT and Engineering Laboratories. UAPA Industry Dinner Sponsor: GeoDyne Transport Registration Desk Sponsor: Asphalt Materials, Inc. Lunch Sponsors: Intermountain Slurry Seal & Arnold Machinery Break Sponsors: Ingevity, Inc. – Evotherm; CMT Engineering Laboratories Lanyard Sponsor: Granite Construction For more information, please visit

(L-R): Colby Lavender of Peterbilt, Mike Ortiz of Peterbilt, Tony Lowder of Williamsen-Godwin and Kevin Sorensen of WilliamsenGodwin with the Peterbilt 389, the embodiment of the Peterbilt legacy.

(L-R): Randy Marshall of Komatsu Equipment Company, Garrick Brown of Kilgore Companies, Rob Oltmanns of Kilgore Companies, Shay Montag of Kilgore Companies and Shaun Brown of Komatsu Equipment Company with the Bomag BW161AC-5 combo roller. Kilgore has recently rented this Bomag roller for the paving season in Salt Lake City. Use of this roller will allow them to achieve faster, higher compaction.

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Quality in Pavement Preservation Award: Cutler Repaving for SR-43.

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Crews Inspect Bridges, Flood Damage After Earthquake “Pandemonium and chaos immediately erupted in the terminal — only to be heightened by each aftershock.” Marsha Guertzgen Airline Passenger

The 5.7-magnitude quake caused pipes to burst and flooding inside the Salt Lake City International Airport making it a dangerous scene. Bricks were thrown from buildings on to the sidewalk as well.

on right now causing a lot of anxiety,” Gov. Gary Herbert said. Planes were diverted from Salt Lake City International Airport and the control tower and concourses were evacuated. Far fewer people than normal were in the airport due to the coronavirus precautions. On a typical travel day, the airport would have had about 24,000 people inside and more making connections. But there were just 9,000 on Wednesday, making an evacuation easier. airport The road to SLC International Airport was temporarily closed, water damage was present executive director Bill Wyatt said. Marsha Guertzgen of Evanston, inside the airport and there was damage to a Delta Airlines storage building. Wyo., was about to board a flight SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A moderate seven of the bridges to be damaged and when the quake struck. “Pandemonium and earthquake on March 18 near Salt Lake City closed the westbound I-215 bridge in the chaos” immediately erupted in the terminal temporarily shut down a major air traffic Union Park area completely. — only to be heightened by each aftershock, hub, damaged a spire atop a temple and Damage to a spire and statue atop the she said. frightened millions of people. There were no iconic Salt Lake Temple also occurred. “Everybody was running around, they reports of injuries. Elsewhere, bricks were showered onto side- were scared, I don’t think they knew what The 5.7-magnitude quake just after 7 a.m. walks and a chemical plume was released was going on,” she said. “People were damaged the road to SLC International outside the city. screaming, kids were screaming, people Airport, which caused it to temporarily The epicenter was just southwest of Salt were climbing under things.” close, water damage was present inside the Lake City, between the airport and Great Salt No runway damage was found and most airport and there was damage to a Delta Lake. It was felt by about 2.8 million people of the damage in the terminal appeared to be Airlines storage building. who were already hunkered down inside caused by a broken water line, Wyatt said. Ten UDOT crews are working to inspect their homes to prevent the spread of the Cargo and non-commercial flights resumed all 615 bridges in the earthquake zone by coronavirus. Many ran outside in panic amid hours later, but commercial flights were checking the joints and beams of each the shaking that lasted as long as 15 seconds. delayed into the afternoon. bridge, and are looking for cracks from the “This is extremely bad timing, because The 5.7-magnitude, early morning tremor earthquake. As of now, crews have found we already have the coronavirus issue going centered in north-central Utah was the

strongest the state has experienced since 1992, when a 5.9-magnitude quake rattled the St. George area in Utah’s southwestern corner, according to Utah Emergency Management. The quake shut down light-rail service for Salt Lake City and its suburbs. The chemical plume was released at Kennecott copper mine west of Salt Lake City and moved toward the Great Salt Lake, said Clint Mecham, Salt Lake County’s emergency manager. Officials have not identified the chemicals involved, but Mecham said it was not expected to affect people since it’s moving away from populated areas. Residents reported shaking across a 100mi. area, with the heaviest impact in Salt Lake County, officials said. Paramedics and fire crews responding to emergency calls asked people to first disclose if they have symptoms of coronavirus. If they did, the crews donned masks, gowns and gloves before attending to them. Damage was reported to roads and bridges, and natural gas leaks were reported at state government buildings, said Utah Commissioner of Public Safety Jess Anderson. Near the epicenter of the quake in the small town of Magna, 14 buildings were damaged and 100 people were evacuated, Unified Fire spokesman Matthew McFarland said. 

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A Cat 323 excavator performs work.

West Davis Corridor Project Eyes Summer 2023 End Date UDOT from page 6

highway sees 45,000 to 50,000 vehicles a day. “And two, safety. By removing intersections, we can meet travel and mobility needs and improve access for local traffic to the interchanges.” Construction crews are working around the clock, seven days a week, while maintaining traffic lanes during peak hours. “In Utah, we do everything we can do minimize construction impacts,” Romero said. “During peak periods we don’t close traffic lanes. We may reduce shoulders, but we keep two lanes of each direction on U.S. 89 open in peak periods. We do traffic shifts and build portions at a time. The import operations we try to do at night. If our trucks

are stuck in traffic, we’re not getting material to the dump site.” The first phase of traffic impacts in March 2020 will begin in Fruit Heights and extend to just north of Cherry Lane in Layton. Lanes on U.S. 89 will be narrowed and shifted to the west from Cherry Lane to approximately Crestwood Road. South of Crestwood Road, U.S. 89 lanes will be narrowed and shifted east to approximately Green Road. One of the biggest challenges of the project is relocating 150 mi. of utilities, which are both underground and overhead, and include natural gas, electric, water, irrigation and petroleum lines. The project is scheduled for completion in the summer of 2023.

Engineers planned a project to widen U.S. 89 to six lanes between Main Street in Kaysville and S.R. 193 in Layton.

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