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Industry News CEO Fly-In Presses Congress for HTF Revenue This summer, asphalt and aggregate CEOs, many representing NAPA member companies, met with GOP members of the House and Senate tax writing committees to press for a revenue solution for the Highway Trust Fund. The CEOs were adamant that the status quo of short-term extensions was no longer acceptable and that Congress must lead on this issue. The meetings took place during the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee vote on the Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy (DRIVE) Act, a 6-year, $277 billion highway bill; the vote was 20-0. The CEO Fly-In was organized by NAPA, and the American Road & Transportation Builders Association, Associated General Contractors, and the National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association. Under the DRIVE Act, the Senate Finance Committee must find an additional $100 billion. With Congressional leadership strongly opposing a Sen. Dan Coats (R-Ind.) met with Milestone Contractors CEO Jim Fehnsenfeld, Walsh & Kelly President & CEO Kevin Kelly, and Lakeside Industries CEO Tim Lee. gas tax increase, the tax-writing committees are struggling to come up with a way to pay for the revenue that is both realistic and politically acceptable. The meetings were very informative for the PaveXpress Adds Asphalt Overlay Design Feature PaveXpress, the free, Web-based pavement design tool, has been upgraded to version 2.0 with a new module for asphalt overlay designs. The majority of road projects managed by public works and road agencies today involve pavement maintenance and preservation; the new module makes it easy to design asphalt overlays that preserve a pavement's structure while improving smoothness, safety, and drivability. PaveXpress creates technically sound pavement structural designs for flexible and rigid pavements based on widely accepted industry standards from the American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials (AASHTO). It is designed for use by local agencies, engineers, architects, consultants, and engineering students who need a reliable way to quickly determine the necessary pavement thickness for a given section of roadway or project. For both overlays and new pavements, the software only asks users for inputs required to create lawmakers as the CEOs explained the impact their decisions are having on America's businesses. The four associations plan to host similar events together in Washington in the future. technically sound pavement designs, and it suggests industry-accepted defaults where appropriate. The default values can be adjusted to meet locally calibrated values, and context-sensitive help and guidance tools are available at every step of the design process. The overlay module uses 1993 AASHTO Guide Chapter 5 pavement evaluation guidelines to evaluate the existing pavement structure prior to placing an overlay with different decision pathways for condition surveys or non-destructive testing. To learn more and get started, visit more Industry News on page 15 Asphalt Pavement Magazine - September/October 2015 * 13

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Asphalt Pavement Magazine - September/October 2015

Chairman’s Commentary : An Update on Our Industry’s Challenges
Industry News : CEO fly-In presses Congress for HTF revenue, PaveXpress adds asphalt overlay design feature, Is your safety data sheet GHS compliant?, FHWA offers porous asphalt guidelines, NAPA Care silent auction
Investing in Business Know-How : How employees with business education add to your engineering-driven business
Collaborating for Worker Safety : NIOSH and partners collaborate to control silica dust in asphalt milling operations
A Good Brochure Leaves a Lasting Impression : A vibrant takeaway gives potential clients something to reflect upon
Get Active, Get Involved, Get Noticed : This year’s community involvement winners know their neighbors and their neighbors know them
Thinking Ecologically Means Thinking Economically : Reducing energy costs and running efficient plants helps keep asphalt producers in the black
Putting Safety at the Core : Emphasis on safety helps inspire employee cooperation
Websites Stir Interest With Fresh Look : Focus on function attracts customers and potential customers
Index of Advertisers/

Asphalt Pavement Magazine - September/October 2015