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Chairman's Commentary

Measurable Success
Highlights From PEC, Go to Market, and APA Activities
Four years ago, NAPA launched an expanded
and concerted effort to strengthen the
market share for asphalt pavements. In the
phrase of then-Chairman John Keating, we
developed a "three-legged stool" of research,
marketing, and deployment designed to
inoculate the industry against aggressive
efforts by alternative paving materials to
undermine asphalt pavements as the driving
surface of choice. This effort was grounded
in engineering science and market research
with a goal of highlighting asphalt's
many advantages.
We knew it was not an effort we could
do alone. NAPA partnered with the state
asphalt pavement associations and with the
Asphalt Institute to bring together a variety
of industry expertise and resources to bear
on the issue of market share.
I am proud to report that we are making
exciting progress, and the Pavement
Economics Committee (PEC), Go to
Market (GTM) program, and the Asphalt
Pavement Alliance (APA) deployment efforts
continue to move forward to the benefit of
the industry.

Pavement Economics Committee
The PEC funds short, one- or two-year,
research projects that bring innovations
and new ideas to market quickly and
efficiently. These are projects that help
quantify and expand the advantages
of asphalt pavements, clarify questions
about pavement properties, and provide
engagement with lawmakers, code writers,
pavement designers, and others. The PEC
projects are overseen by NAPA staff under
the direction of task groups made up of
NAPA members and SAPA executives, and
funding for the projects comes from NAPA
and the SAPAs. Every SAPA has contributed
funds to support the PEC each year since
its founding.
One stand-out success from the PEC is
PaveXpress, a free, web-based empirical
pavement design tool for flexible and
rigid pavements. With the push towards

mechanistic-empirical design, there was an
absence of a simple-to-use empirical design
program that could be used for everything
from Interstates to suburban culs-de-sac.
PaveXpress fills that void using widely
accepted AASHTO-93/98 design equations,
state-specific guidance, and the option to
customize design inputs to meet local needs
Since PaveXpress's launch in September
2014, more than 1,775 people have sought
out training through webinars and in-person
presentations. As of May 2016, PaveXpress
has had more than 12,500 registered users
in more than 150 countries worldwide and
more than 750 users every month.
Beyond PaveXpress, PEC task groups have
funded research at the National Center for
Asphalt Pavements (NCAT), Texas A&M
Transportation Institute (TTI), Arizona State
University (ASU), and other institutions
into pavement-vehicle interaction,
urban heat island, pavement design, and
recycled materials. A recent survey of SAPA
executives found that these reports and
programs are often being discussed and
used by the industry and road owners at
the state level to help improve pavement
type decisions.
The PEC is also funding engagement
with lawmakers and green building
code developers to ensure that rules and
regulations are pavement neutral so that
asphalt pavements can be considered and
used on any appropriate project. Successes of
this effort include the removal of pavementtype selection mandates from the FAST Act;
a renewal of the Accelerated Implementation
& Deployment of Pavement Technologies
(AIDPT) program, which directs $6 million
in federal funding annually to asphalt
pavement research; and, thanks in part
to PEC-funded research, the removal of
pavement reflectivity credits for UHI
mitigation from the Greenroads and Green
Globes construction rating systems.
NAPA and the SAPAs continue to work
together across the PEC's seven task groups
to build out the science and tools needed to

By Kevin Kelly,
NAPA Chairman

The investments
made by
NAPA and our
partners in the
PEC, GTM, and
APA have been
significant, but
we are already
seeing the
benefits.

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Chairman’s Commentary
Industry News
Innovation in Mindset and Technology
Innovative Pavement Research
Freight Innovations in Our Future
Creating a Sustainability Program:
Industry Calendar
Index of Advertisers / Advertisers.com
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