Seeking Volunteers for OSSGA’s 2019 Student Design Competition November 6, 2018
OSSGA is looking for a pit or quarry to serve as the host site for the 2019 Student Design Competition. Members must have a geo-referenced computer drawing of the final rehabilitation plan, PDF copies of your site plans, and be required to provide multiple tours for participating students. The program challenges Ontario university and college students to put their design skills to work by creating a rehabilitation design that maximizes the opportunities that the site will offer.
OSSGA Comments on Media Coverage of TARBA's Report on Recycling November 2, 2018
TVO published an analysis of TARBA's recent report on the use of recycled aggregate in Ontario's municipalities. OSSGA's Norm Cheesman comments.
TARBA Launches Campaign to Improve Recycling Practices in Municipalities Across Ontario October 25, 2018
A new study released today identifies the municipalities in Ontario that are doing a poor job of recycling concrete and asphalt. The research report, which collected information on the recycling practices of larger communities across Ontario, identifies the municipal "Laggards" – as well as the "Leaders" – in reusing aggregate recovered from construction sites. The report has been released to media in the hope of generating improvement in the recycling policies and practices of the municipalities that are currently 'Lagging' in the effort.
Calling All Speakers! July 19, 2018
Agricultural Impact Assessment July 13, 2018
OSSGA's Land Use Committee reviewed the EBR posting and the guidance documents and identified a number of areas of concern which include the 1km area of study, potential inconsistencies with the PPS and harmonization with other regulatory instraments. A meeting has been held with OMAFRA to discuss OSSGA's concerns and we continue to work with them to resolve these issues. Please view OSSGA's submission here.
Axle-Weight Pilot: Weigh-ins are Underway June 28, 2018
The Axle-Weight Pilot has been extended for another year. Last year, 400 data points were collected. The goal of the pilot is to collect 1,000 data points. MTO has agreed to staff weigh-scales to help collect data over the coming weeks. The scale lights will NOT be on – trucks will simply enter the scale, weigh-in, and be off on their way.
OSSGA Submits Comments on “Guidance to Support Implementation of the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, 2017” June 28, 2018
OSSGA, in consultation with its members, submitted comments on the proposed "Guidance to Support Implementation of the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, 2017".

‘Road Tour’ ignites lively discussion on quality of pavements

May 9, 2014

Nearly 150 industry experts took part in the Ontario Hot Mix Producers Association’s (OHMPA’s) ‘Road Tour’ seminars which concluded on May 6th in Mississauga. The initiative, which brought together asphalt producers, suppliers, consulting engineers and municipal and provincial road owners, was a tremendous success according to Doug Duke, OHMPA Executive Director. 
“We had terrific representation from all sectors throughout most of Ontario’s regions as we made stops in Guelph, Kingston, Sudbury and the GTA,” said Mr. Duke. “This year’s seminars stimulated some very engaging conversation, especially in Kingston where Queens University Professor Simon Hesp attended our roundtable discussion regarding the quality of asphalt cement.”
“Our primary mission is to promote excellence in asphalt paving. At the end of the day, we share the same goals as road owners and researchers alike. That is, to have the best roads in North America.  Bringing together all stakeholders in the same room is the first step in ensuring we continue to improve Ontario’s road quality.”
OHMPA’s Technical Director Sandy Brown addressed the hot topic of 2014 – potholes. “It’s been a spectacular winter,” said Mr. Brown. “We’ve had polar vortexes, flash freezes, thunder snow; things I had never heard of before. It has taken a toll on the pavements. However, when it comes to preventing potholes, it all starts with the design of the pavement, ensuring proper drainage and the thickness of the pavement lift is crucial.”
Mr. Brown also captured the attention of the audience with his demonstration using two-by-four planks of pine.  Pressing down on the wood, he demonstrated that it bends significantly, until the wood is turned on its side to make it thicker.  Additionally, bringing out another wood sample glued together, he showed that the same principal applies to using tack coat to strengthen pavements. 
“I could have purchased a solid oak two-by-four, but just one cost six times more than four pine planks,” explained Mr. Brown. “The molecular structure of the oak is stronger than the pine, but I can get the same strength by having a thicker piece of pine or gluing two together.  The same goes for asphalt cement.  Contrary to current hyperbole, there is no garbage in Ontario’s asphalt cement and one way to improve the quality of pavements in a cost effective manner, is to have thicker lifts and use tack coat.”
Other highlights from the seminars included MTO regional reports and updates on provincial initiatives, the introduction of the Draft Contract Language on the MGAC specification addressing asphalt cement quality, municipal presentations on best practices for improving longitudinal joints and an update on OHMPA’s new and upcoming marketing and communications initiatives.
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For more information, please contact Abigail Wright Pereira,
Director of Marketing & Communications, OHMPA
P. 905-507-3707 x106 C. 647-991-4899 E.