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 everyday 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 not 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.