AN INTERVIEW WITH DAN SCHERSCHLIGT OF KANSAS ASPHALT PAVEMENT ASSOCIATION
Asphalt Spotlight is on Dan Scherschlight the executive director of KAPA (Kansas Asphalt Pavement Association). Tarmac is a member of KAPA and we think you will enjoy this article. Special thanks to ASPHALT PRO magazine and KAPA for permission to show you this interview. In case you missed it, below are a couple out takes. You can read the whole article by CLICKING HERE.
What is the most challenging part of your job, and why do you think it’s a challenge in your state, economy or industry?
Educating owners on the quality and durability of asphalt, and getting them to reflect that in Life Cycle calculations. Today’s asphalt is not the same as yesterday’s asphalt. It performs better and lasts longer. Our product is continually evolving and improving.
Superpave is a great example. Binder performance and testing is another. Warm mix is another. We are continually tweaking volumetrics. Liquid asphalt prices are at 10-year-lows. I could cite more examples, but the bottom line is that today’s asphalt performs better than yesterday’s asphalt, is less expensive, and needs to be reflected in life cycle costing.
Concrete vs. Asphalt Interstates
4 years ago a district elected to do a 3-inch concrete overlay on a section of interstate. It did not perform, and the agency has already performed joint repair and pop out repair. I guess in the overall scheme of things this overlay was positive to the asphalt industry as now the DOT has another example of why not to white top!