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NAPA Reports: Use of Recycled Asphalt Reaches New High

New Asphalt Pavements Contain, on Average, 21.1 Percent
Material Reclaimed From Old Roads and Parking Lots

Asphalt pavements are the most consistently recycled material in the United States. Every day as part of maintenance and improvement projects, old asphalt pavement material is reclaimed from roads and parking lots and then put back to use in new pavements.

In fact, according to the latest industry survey by the National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) in partnership with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) more than 100 million tons of reclaimed asphalt pavement (RAP) was collected for re-use in the United States during 2018, saving some 61.4 million cubic yards of landfill space. This survey has been conducted for each construction season since 2009 by NAPA, and it has consistently found that nearly 100 percent of RAP is put to beneficial uses, primarily new asphalt pavements.

“Over the years, we’ve seen steady advancement in the amount of RAP being used across the country. This has been the result of concerted engineering efforts by industry and road owners to research and apply best practices to ensure we maintain or improve performance while increasing the use of recycled materials,” stated NAPA President & CEO Audrey Copeland, Ph.D., P.E. “As interest grows in incorporating other recycled materials into pavements, we must continue to gain a solid understanding of how new materials affect pavement performance before we move to widespread deployment.”

Nationally, the average amount of RAP in new asphalt pavements during 2018 was 21.1 percent, which is the highest level reported since the survey began in 2009. The survey found that 82.2 million tons of RAP, along with 1.05 million tons of recycled asphalt shingles (RAS) were used in 389.3 million tons of new asphalt pavement mixes in the United States during 2018.

An additional 8.8 million tons of RAP and RAS were used as aggregate, in cold-mix asphalt, and other road-building activities. The survey also found that at year-end 2018 about 111.7 million tons of RAP and RAS was stockpiled for future use across the country.

Although national usage estimates were not calculated, respondents to the survey reported recycling some 1.8 million tons of recycled tire rubber, steel, and blast furnace slags, cellulose fiber, and other reclaimed and waste materials into nearly 12.3 million tons of asphalt paving mixtures during 2018.

In total, more than 85 million tons of recycled materials — primarily RAP and RAS — were used in new asphalt pavement mixtures during the 2018 construction season, a 7.6 percent increase from the number of recycled materials used in 2017. The use of RAP and RAS alone resulted in cost savings of more than $2.9 billion compared to the use of virgin materials.

The asphalt pavement industry also continues to make significant use of energy-saving warm-mix asphalt (WMA) technologies. In 2018, 157.4 million tons of asphalt pavement mixture was produced using WMA technologies. More than half of this tonnage was produced at reduced temperatures, meaning less energy was required in manufacturing. The most common WMA technology used is plant-based foaming, which injects a small amount of water into the asphalt during production. A number of environmental, worker safety and construction benefits have been realized through the adoption of WMA technologies.

“A decade ago, WMA technologies were a novel idea. In 2018, though, more than half the asphalt pavement mixture tonnage produced in 23 states used WMA technologies, and in six of those states, it was more than 75 percent of the tonnage,” stated John Harper, 2019 NAPA Chairman and Senior Vice President of Construction Partners Inc. in Dothan, Alabama. “While there remains room to grow their use, WMA technologies have become just another tool we can use to produce the best asphalt mixture to meet a given project or agency need.”

The survey was conducted in the first quarter of 2019. Results from 272 companies with 1,329 plants in 49 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, and two U.S. territories, along with data from state asphalt pavement associations for 33 states, were used to compile the report. A copy of the full survey report, including a state-by-state breakdown of data, is available at www.asphaltpavement.org/recycling.

About the National Asphalt Pavement Association

The National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) is the only trade association that exclusively represents the interests of the asphalt producer/contractor on the national level with Congress, government agencies, and other national trade and business organizations. NAPA supports an active research program designed to improve the quality of asphalt pavements and paving techniques used in the construction of roads, streets, highways, parking lots, airports, and environmental and recreational facilities. The 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.

NAPA Relocates National Headquarters

New, Modern Office Space Incorporates Enhanced Teleconferencing
and Information Technologies to Improve Operations

The National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) has moved to new offices in Greenbelt, Maryland effective September 13, 2019.

NAPA’s new home is a modern, dynamic space that will allow the association to better serve its national membership. With expanded meeting spaces and advanced teleconferencing capabilities, the new headquarters were designed to support greater collaboration between NAPA staff and member committees and task groups, as well as to enhance the quality of NAPA webinars and educational activities.

“This move is part of NAPA’s efforts to increase its operational efficiencies and strengthen its effectiveness,” said NAPA President & CEO Audrey Copeland, Ph.D., P.E. “We are making significant improvements in information technology for the association, and this new space supports those efforts. The asphalt pavement industry is always evolving to meet America’s needs for high-performing pavements, and we too, as an association, must innovate to meet the industry’s challenges and needs.”

“This state-of-the-art facility is built with the industry in mind,” said NAPA Chairman John Harper, Senior Vice President of Construction Partners Inc. in Dothan, Alabama. “The improved technological infrastructure, as well as the convenient location, will boost how NAPA staff connects with the association’s members nationwide.”

“From Greenbelt, NAPA is just minutes away from Capitol Hill and federal agencies, as well as our partner associations in D.C., Maryland, and Virginia,” said NAPA Second Vice-Chair Jim Mitchell, President of Superior Paving Corp. in Gainesville, Virginia, and leader of the task group overseeing the NAPA headquarters project. “Space itself was designed to reflect the industry. The project architects incorporated materials and elements that reflect the materials used by the industry, as well as asphalt pavement production through to the placement of asphalt roads.”

The new offices are located at 6406 Ivy Lane, Suite 350, Greenbelt, MD 20770-1441, with convenient access to the Capital Beltway/I-495, Baltimore–Washington Parkway, and the Washington Metrorail system. Telephone (301-731-4748 or 888-468-6499) and fax (301-731-4621) numbers for the association remain unchanged.

Founded in 1955, NAPA is the only national trade association focused exclusively on the needs and interests of asphalt pavement mixture producers and paving contractors. NAPA has been based just outside Washington, D.C., in Prince George’s County, Maryland, since 1963.

Serving more than 1,100 member companies, NAPA engages with federal lawmakers and regulators, leads research into pavement performance and technological innovations, develops and promotes best practices for safety and quality, and fosters opportunities for peer exchange, leadership development, and education for the industry and its customers.

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About the National Asphalt Pavement Association

The National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) is the only trade association that exclusively represents the interests of the asphalt producer/contractor on the national level with Congress, government agencies, and other national trade and business organizations. NAPA supports an active research program designed to improve the quality of asphalt pavements and paving techniques used in the construction of roads, streets, highways, parking lots, airports, and environmental and recreational facilities. The 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.

From NAPA: Sustainable Asphalt ‘Practical Guide’ Series Looks at Procurement

Sustainable Asphalt ‘Practical Guide’ Series Looks at Procurement

 

The third Book Looks at How Owners and Agencies Consider Sustainability

The third installment in the Sustainable Asphalt Pavements: A Practical Guideseries, “,” is now available. The 14-page book outlines how public projects are starting to incorporate and reward sustainable construction practices.

The book will be formally released Friday, August 9, during its accompanying webinar. For more information and to register for the webinar, visit www.AsphaltPavement.org/PracticalGuide.

“Owner agencies are looking to incorporate sustainability into their projects, whether it’s green construction rating systems, like LEED or Greenroads, or through procurement policies. This short guide looks at how asphalt pavement mixture producers can help owners meet their sustainability goals,” said Joseph Shacat, Director of Sustainable Pavements for the National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA).

Authored by Stephen T. Muench, Ph.D., P.E. of the University of Washington and Adam J.T. Hand, Ph.D., P.E. of the University of Nevada, Reno, the Sustainable Asphalt Pavements: A Practical Guideseries is being released over the course of 2019. The first two volumes, “Sustainability Overview” and “Sustainability Specifics,” were released earlier this year, and the fourth will be released in November. Each volume in the series is accompanied by a webinar explaining how the concept of sustainability can be applied in asphalt pavement production and road construction. The webinars and books are available for free through www.AsphaltPavement.org/PracticalGuide.

“Understanding how owners are looking to make their roads, parking lots, and other projects more sustainable is important,” said Shacat, “and ‘Procuring and Evaluating Sustainability’ works with the rest of the Practical Guide series to ensure producers understand how green construction rating systems can be leveraged to harness the sustainable aspects of asphalt pavements.”

–Asphalt pavements can help projects earn points in all the major green construction rating systems, either through the use of recycled materials, the provision of environmental product declarations (EPDs), or with porous asphalt pavements, among other properties.

The Sustainable Asphalt Pavements: A Practical Guideseries was developed with the support of the Federal Highway Administration through the Accelerated Implementation and Deployment of Pavement Technologies (AID-PT) program.

National Asphalt Pavement Association

The National Asphalt Pavement Association(NAPA) is the only trade association that exclusively represents the interests of the asphalt producer/contractor on the national level with Congress, government agencies, and other national trade and business organizations. NAPA supports an active research program designed to improve the quality of asphalt pavements and paving techniques used in the construction of roads, streets, highways, parking lots, airports, and environmental and recreational facilities. The 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.

Industry Voices Raised for Fix to Highway Trust Fund

Some 200 Asphalt Industry Leaders Arrive in Washington for TCC Fly-In;
NAPA Urges Public and Industry Alike to Demand Action on Infrastructure from Congress

Asphalt producers, paving contractors, and allied industries from across the country are on Capitol Hill this week with a simple message for lawmakers — Fix the Highway Trust Fund this year.

“We rely on well-maintained roads to get food from farms to tables, goods to market, and to go about our every-day lives,” said John Harper, 2019 Chairman of the National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) and Senior Vice President of Construction Partners Inc., based in Dothan, Alabama. “But for more than a quarter century, the federal government has not changed how we fund infrastructure maintenance and improvement. We are at a crisis point, and if Washington doesn’t act soon, we will see the Highway Trust Fund go insolvent.”

Congress has a narrow window to act before states will be forced to begin delaying critical transportation projects due to the uncertainty about future federal investments from the Highway Trust Fund. This week, during the Transportation Construction Coalition (TCC) Fly-In, nearly 200 members of the asphalt pavement industry will carry this message to Congress. However, elected officials need to hear this message continuously until an infrastructure bill that includes a sustainable funding stream is signed.

“Well maintained roads are critical to America’s economy and national defense,” said Ashley Jackson, NAPA Senior Director of Government Affairs. “This is a bipartisan issue where everyone agrees that the need is there even if there is no agreement on how to fund it. We cannot continue to keep putting off fixing the Highway Trust Fund.”

To make it easy to send this message to your members of Congress, NAPA has set up a new call to action at http://cqrcengage.com/napa/action.

About the National Asphalt Pavement Association

The National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) is the only trade association that exclusively represents the interests of the asphalt producer/contractor on the national level with Congress, government agencies, and other national trade and business organizations. NAPA supports an active research program designed to improve the quality of asphalt pavements and paving techniques used in the construction of roads, streets, highways, parking lots, airports, and environmental and recreational facilities. The 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.

ASPHALT PAVEMENT ALLIANCE ANNOUNCES 2018 PERPETUAL PAVEMENT AWARD WINNERS

Six Departments of Transportation Honored for Success of Long-Life Asphalt Roads

Six departments of transportation were named as winners of 2018 Perpetual Pavement Awards by Asphalt Pavement Alliance (APA). The award celebrates long-life asphalt pavements that reflect the characteristics of a Perpetual Pavement design.

The award is presented to state transportation departments and local agency road owners for well-performing asphalt pavements that are at least 35 years old with proven high-quality structural design. To earn the award, the pavement must have not suffered a structural failure, and it should have an average interval between resurfacing of not less than 13 years. The pavement must demonstrate the characteristics expected from long-life, Perpetual Pavement design: excellence in design, quality in construction and value to taxpayers.

Engineers at the National Center for Asphalt Technology (NCAT) at Auburn University, evaluated the nominations and validated the results for the six 2018 Perpetual Pavement Award winners. Since the Perpetual Pavement Award was first presented in 2001, 132 pavements in 30 U.S. states and one Canadian province have been honored with the award.

The 2018 winners are:

  • Alabama Department of Transportation, North Region, for a 2.4-mile section of four-lane divided highway on U.S. Highway 72/State Route 2 in Jackson County. This is the 10th Perpetual Pavement Award for ALDOT.
  • Arkansas Department of Transportation for a 4.81-mile stretch of two-lane Arkansas Highway 92, Section 1, in Conway County. This is the ninth Perpetual Pavement Award for ARDOT.
  • Florida Department of Transportation for a 3.17-mile section of a four-lane highway on U.S. Highway 192/State Road 500 in Brevard County This is the ninth Perpetual Pavement Award for FDOT.
  • Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, Engineering District 4-0, for a 2.5-mile section of two-lane road on Pennsylvania Route 424 in Luzerne County. PennDOT has earned eight Perpetual Pavement Awards.
  • Tennessee Department of Transportation for a 2.77-mile stretch of two-lane highway on State Route 56 in Putnam County. This is the 14th Perpetual Pavement Award earned by TDOT.
  • Washington State Department of Transportation for a 5.88-mile section of two-lane U.S. Highway 195 in Spokane and Whitman counties. This is the fifth Perpetual Pavement Award earned by WSDOT.

Winning agencies are honored by their local State Asphalt Pavement Association and are presented with an engraved crystal obelisk. The names of the winning agencies and projects are added to a plaque on permanent display at the NCAT Research Center at Auburn University.

“One of the keys to sustainability is long life,” said Amy Miller, P.E., National Director of the Asphalt Pavement Alliance. “Asphalt roads can be engineered to last indefinitely with only routine maintenance and periodic surface renewal.”

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TheAsphalt Pavement Alliance (www.asphaltroads.org)is a partnership of the Asphalt Institute (AI), National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) and the State Asphalt Pavement Associations. The Asphalt Pavement Alliance’s mission is to establish asphalt as the preferred choice for quality, performance and the environment.

TheAsphalt Institute(www.asphaltinstitute.org) is the international trade association of petroleum asphalt producers, manufacturers, and affiliated businesses. AI promotes the use, benefits and quality performance of petroleum asphalt, through engineering, research, marketing, and educational activities.

The National Asphalt Pavement Association (www.asphaltpavement.org) represents the interests of U.S. asphalt producers/contractors before Congress, federal agencies, and other national trade and business organizations. NAPA supports an active research program designed to improve the quality of asphalt pavements and paving techniques used in the construction of roads, streets, highways, parking lots, airports, and environmental and recreational facilities.

The State Asphalt Pavement Associations (www.asphaltpavement.org/sapas) represent the interests of pavement producers and paving companies at the state and local level across the United States.