Asphalt Pavement Magazine - January/February 2016 - (Page 9)

Chairman's Commentary challenges and successes It has been a great year as NAPA 2015 chairman, and I am pleased that the asphalt pavement industry has made strides forward in a number of key areas. Highway Funding When I wrote my first "Chairman's Commentary" column, I stated that our biggest challenge was funding, and that we needed a long-term sustainable solution to maintenance and improvement. I am pleased to report, thanks in part to the hard work of NAPA members and staff, that goal was met in 2015. After a decade of short-term extensions, the President signed into law H.R. 22, the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act of 2015. The five-year, $305 billion legislation - $281 billion allocated to highway and road projects - provides the longterm funding necessary to create a system that promotes safety and greater mobility. The FAST Act grows federal highway investments by 15.1 percent from the current $40.3 billion to $46.4 billion by FY 2020, with a substantial increase in highway spending authority in 2016 to 5.1 percent above current levels, and in subsequent years 2.1 to 2.4 percent annually. The measure establishes a new formula-based national highway freight program that empowers the Secretary of State Transportation to award grants for large-scale, multi modal projects to include freight rail projects, funded at $800 million in FY 2016, a new discretionary grant program to fund major highway improvement projects, and reauthorizes the Accelerated Implementation & Deployment of Pavement Technologies Program (AIDPT) established in the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st century (MAP21). The AID-PT program keeps your company competitive by providing the dollars necessary to assist the asphalt pavement industry in successful deployment of cost-saving and useful technologies in the field proven to extend the life of pavements. The FAST Act provides the asphalt pavement industry with the longawaited certainty needed to plan for long-term, large-scale transportation projects that rebuild America's highways, roads, and bridges. Alternative Pavement Materials In another area of legislative success, NAPA has kept pavement-type mandates out of federal legislation, in spite of efforts to the contrary. NAPA leadership met with the Portland Cement Association leadership to better understand their perspectives. We came away with the realization that they have other and perhaps even bigger challenges from materials that are taking their market share in other segments. Now that building codes are allowing more wood usage in mid-rise buildings, concrete is facing more competition in other markets. We must continue to be diligent, and the next phase of our Go-to-Market plan, which includes elite users' preferences, is another positive step in countering the alternative materials threat. NAPA will stay on the high road and represent the membership professionally as these challenges arise. By Michael Cote, NAPA Chairman Building on a foundation of challenges met, the asphalt industry prepares for future success Environmental and Safety We continue to move the ball forward and be progressive on environmental issues. NAPA's environmental product declaration (EPD) program is on schedule for a beta release this spring. I gave opening remarks at the NAPA Asphalt Sustainability Conference West in October to record attendance. The latest NAPA/FHWA survey shows a steady increase in warm-mix continued on page 10 Asphalt Pavement Magazine - January/February 2016 * 9

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Asphalt Pavement Magazine - January/February 2016

Chairman’s Commentary
Industry News
NAPA Asphalt Sustainability Conference Wrap-Up
An Update of the NAPA EPD Program
How Sustainability Rating Systems Address Asphalt Pavements
Corporate Sustainability Reports
World of Asphalt 2016 Preview
Index of Advertisers/Advertisers.com

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