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Overview

What is NAPA?
The National Asphalt Pavement Association is the only trade association that exclusively represents the interests of the asphalt pavement material producer and paving contractor on the national level with Congress, government agencies, and other national trade and business organizations. NAPA supports an active research program designed to answer questions about environmental issues and to improve the quality of asphalt pavements and paving techniques used in the construction of roads, streets, highways, parking lots, airports, and environmental and recreational facilities. The Association provides technical, educational, and marketing materials and information to its members, and supplies technical information to users and specifiers of paving materials. The Association, which counts nearly 1,200 companies as its members, was founded in 1955.

 

What does NAPA do?
NAPA's staff consists of professionals ready to help its members learn the latest technology, understand environmental issues, gain market share, and receive training. NAPA is the most valuable resource in the asphalt pavement industry.

Where is NAPA located?
NAPA is conveniently located just outside the Washington Capital Beltway, and just minutes from downtown Washington, DC. The NAPA office is convenient to all three Washington-area airports (BWI Airport , Reagan National Airport, Dulles International Airport).  For directions to the NAPA office, please click here.

 

Who are NAPA Members?
Companies or individuals in the asphalt pavement industry that operate on a for-profit basis which include asphalt pavement material producers, paving contractors, equipment and materials manufacturers, materials suppliers, equipment distributors, engineering firms, and consultants. Interested in becoming a Member of NAPA, click here.

 

What is asphalt pavement?
Asphalt pavement is a combination of approximately 95 percent stone, sand, or gravel bound together by 5 percent asphalt cement, a product of crude oil. Asphalt cement is heated and mixed with the aggregate at a mixing facility. The resulting asphalt pavement material is loaded into trucks for transport to the paving site. The trucks dump the pavement material into hoppers located at the front of paving machines. The asphalt is placed, then compacted using a heavy roller, which is driven over the asphalt. Traffic is generally permitted on the pavement as soon as the pavement has cooled.