Success Begins with Engagement

LIKE AN ENGINEERED PAVEMENT, NAPA is on a solid foundation, resilient despite economic uncertainty across markets, and designed to last well into the future. 

by Jim Mitchell, NAPA Chairman of the Board

Excerpts from October 2022 Article Featured in Asphalt Pavement Magazine

I keep emphasizing engagement, because it is your commitment to this industry, and this Association, that affirms our success. It’s your engagement in meetings, committees, task forces, local and national advocacy, peer-to-peer interactions, and educational opportunities that advance our progress. In short, you make NAPA and the asphalt pavement industry stronger.

You can also make a difference in someone’s life.

September was Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. Collectively, we must use this moment as a springboard to strengthen our community. Please contribute your voice to the campaign to reduce suicide among our own.

Suicide and mental health issues are outsized in the construction industry. The CDC reports that men in the industry commit suicide at a rate 65% higher than men in all industries. We have an obligation to reach out and lend support whenever and however we can.

NAPA is debuting new resources on our website not only to raise awareness of this issue but also to provide resources relevant to our industry. Please use them to engage in vital conversations with your employees and colleagues.

For our businesses to remain successful and for this industry to keep America moving, we need everyone to be safe, aware and committed. We need each other. Engage in the conversation, no matter how hard it may seem. You just might save a life, even your own.

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IIJA Helping with Designing & Building Resilient Transportation Infrastructure

Dave Bauer

Excerpt from the JULY – AUGUST 2022 Edition of TRANSPORTATION BUILDER Magazine from ARTBA, The American Road & Transportation Builders Association

THE ARENA

On the Road Again

DAVE BAUER | President & CEO, ARTBA

More than 90 percent of American households have a car and three-quarters of Americans use them for daily commutes. Thanks to the IIJA, the country’s dominant mode of travel will become even more efficient, as projects get underway and are completed. While better transportation systems are the end goal, the creation of well-paying jobs and associated economic growth along the way will be an added benefit.

[T]he investments from the IIJA will not be limited to highways and will also bring much-needed improvements to airports and public transportation. The U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) has already announced $1 billion in Airport Terminal Grants so that those dealing with delayed and canceled flights will at least have modernized facilities in which to wait. The new law also more than doubles annual Airport Improvement Program investment which will lead to a dramatic boost in runway and other airside infrastructure projects.

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To read the full article in the AUGUST 2022 Edition of TRANSPORTATION BUILDER
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https://www.artba.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/08/TB-July-August-2022-web.pdf

The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), aka Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL), was signed into law by President Biden on November 15, 2021. The law authorizes $1.2 trillion for transportation and infrastructure spending with $550 billion of that figure going toward “new” investments and programs. Funding from the IIJA is expansive in its reach, addressing energy and power infrastructure, access to broadband internet, water infrastructure, and more. Some of the new programs funded by the bill could provide the resources needed to address a variety of infrastructure needs at the local level.

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Improving the Sustainability of Asphalt Pavements

Excerpt from Fall 2002 Asphalt Pavement Magazine

An increasing number of agencies, companies, organizations, institutes, and governing bodies are embracing principles of sustainability in managing their activities and conducting business. Historically, sustainability referred to environmental sustainability and simply meant using natural resources in a way that people in the future could continue to rely on their yields in the long term.

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Building Resilient Transportation Infrastructure Requires Investment, Innovation & Collaboration

Excerpt from the JULY – AUGUST 2022 Edition of TRANSPORTATION BUILDER Magazine from ARTBA, The American Road & Transportation Builders Association

CHAIRMAN’S CORNER – by WARD NYE | Chairman & CEO, Martin Marietta

Building Resilient Transportation Infrastructure Requires Investment, Innovation & Collaboration

“At the federal level, the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) has established both a formula and a discretionary program aimed at rewarding states that enhance the resiliency of transportation infrastructure and make plans for future investment.

At the federal level, the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) has established both a formula and discretionary program aimed at rewarding states that enhance the resiliency of transportation infrastructure and make plans for future investment.

As chronicled in the pages of this issue, stories of our industry’s endeavors to incorporate resiliency into transportation improvements abound. For example, building information modeling (BIM) helped replace the aging East 138th Street Bridge (known by many as the Madison Avenue Bridge) in New York City, making the city’s transportation grid more resilient. Learning from past weather events, highway engineers in Florida have constructed a 2.4-mile stretch of highway on the state’s east coast designed to be more resilient in the wake of future storms.

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visit the ARTBA Site.

To read the full article in the AUGUST 2022 Edition of TRANSPORTATION BUILDER
follow the link below.

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Sustainability and Profit

Excerpt of October 2022 Article Featured in Asphalt Pavement Magazine

BY BENJAMIN F. BOWERS, PE

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, AUBURN UNIVERSITY

Volume 27 | Number 5

“The three tenants of sustainability are people (social), planet (environmental concerns), and the oft-forgotten profit. As a graduate student, I lounged one evening on my porch after a day of pounding out proctor samples in the lab, sipping on a craft beer (my millennial is showing), and reading the book ‘Cradle to Cradle’ by architect William McDonough and chemist Michael Braungart.

That book changed my career trajectory. One of my biggest takeaways was that I could do everything in the world for people and the environment; but if I didn’t make a profit, I would go out of business. That’s not sustainable.

RAP is a great example of cradle-to-cradle. Old binder is binder; old aggregate is aggregate. Asphalt pavement is used as asphalt pavement. How do we, the asphalt pavement industry, leverage sustainability (do good for our neighbors and our world) to also make a profit?”

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Footnote: Reclaimed asphalt pavement (RAP) is the term given to removed and/or reprocessed pavement materials containing asphalt and aggregates. These materials are generated when asphalt pavements are removed for reconstruction, resurfacing, or to obtain access to buried utilities. When properly crushed and screened, RAP consists of high-quality, well-graded aggregates coated by asphalt cement.

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