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Industry News FAST Act Facts and Briefings Avaliable Since early December when President Obama signed the Fixing America's Surface Transporation (FAST) Act of 2015 into law, the asphalt pavement industry has been analyzing the opportunities the new bill brings to roadbuilding. The NAPA Government Affairs Team is available to provide conference call briefings to NAPA members and SAPAs on the FAST Act. In addition, resources accessible online include: Full text of the FAST Act: FAST Act Detailed Summary: FAST Act Policy Update Webinar: FAST Act Policy Update Presentation: Accelerated Implementation & Deployment of Pavement Technologies Program (AID-PT): For more information, contact NAPA Manager of Government Affairs Programs Ashley Jackson at More About the FAST Act The FAST Act is the first robust, long-term highway bill since 1998. The five-year legislation includes $281 billion allocated to highway and road projects, growing federal highway investments by 15.1 percent to $46.4 billion by FY 2020. In 2016, highway spending authority will increase by 5.1 percent above current levels, and then increase by 2.1 to 2.4 percent annually in subsequent years. The bill reauthorizes the Accelerated Implementation & Deployment of Pavement Technologies Program (AID-PT) at $12 million annually, with $6 million appropriated to asphalt projects. The AID-PT program provides funding to advance pavement technologies that support the implementation and field deployment of cost-saving and useful technologies proven to extend the life of pavements. This program funds NAPA's partnership with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and other cooperative agreements with the asphalt industry. The legislation also includes new programs, such as the Nationally Significant Freight and Highway Projects program, funded at $900 million annually. Eligible projects include highway, freight, and intermodal projects on the newly designated National Highway Freight Network, as well as highway or bridge projects on the National Highway System. The new Surface Transportation Block Grant Program (STBGP), divides resources among state transportation departments and municipalities to fund highway, bridge, tunnel, border infrastructure, and intelligent transportation system projects. Programmatic changes include cuts to the Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Assistance (TIFIA) program from $1 billion in FY 2015 to $275 million in FY 2016 with $25 million increases in FY 2019 and FY 2020, and changes to the hours of service provision so that construction drivers operating within a 75-mile radius can restart their work week after 24 hours of rest. Recorded Presentations on Asphalt Pavement Crack Sealing TRB has recorded a series of presentations on asphalt pavement crack-sealing processes, materials, and installation procedures, originally presented in September and October 2015. The series covers the types of installation equipment necessary, and highlights promising practices and materials used to ensure successful sealant installation, as well as troubleshooting examples. The videos are available on-demand at no cost. Visit http://goaspha. lt/1OSqpMp to access the videos. more Industry News on page 15 Asphalt Pavement Magazine - March/April 2016 * 13

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Asphalt Pavement Magazine - March/April 2016

President’s Perspective
Industry News
Meet the Chairman
Build Your Sustainable Future
NAPA Quality in Construction Awards High Scores, Smooth Rides
Airstrip Overlay Proves Army Strong
Paved Routes to Success
Quality in Construction Award Winners
Industry Events
Index of Advertisers/

Asphalt Pavement Magazine - March/April 2016