Industry Priorities Communicated to President-elect Biden
On December 4, 2020, NAPA President and CEO Dr. Audrey Copeland, sent a letter to President-elect Joseph Biden and his transition team outlining NAPA's key priorities. Dr. Copeland highlighted a desire to work with the incoming administration to stabilize the economy, create and sustain jobs in the highway construction industry, and build environmentally friendly, resilient pavements. The letter includes NAPA’s legislative priorities, chief among them, the passage of a long-term surface transportation authorization bill that increases highway funding and includes a permanent, dedicated, user-based revenue stream for the Highway Trust Fund. The letter also emphasizes the fact that asphalt is America’s most recycled product. “There are many paths for NAPA to work in partnership with the Biden administration,” Dr. Copeland said, “and the letter provides the road map for partnership and we stand ready to work with the transition team and the Biden Administration to innovate, rebuild, and expand our nation's surface transportation infrastructure.”
Making an Impact at Every Level
NAPA’s advocacy goals bring together the entire asphalt pavement industry – including suppliers and equipment manufacturers – to effectively advocate the need to grow investments in federally-funded highway and airport programs, secure federal funding for research and deployment of innovative pavement technologies, and defeat harmful pavement-type selection and pavement design mandates.
Federal Policy Priorities
Life-Cycle Cost Analysis
The major inhibitor for expanding life-cycle cost analysis (LCCA) use in transportation infrastructure is the lack of quality data – a critical input for LCCA. Real data based on local conditions, materials, and experiences are essential for an accurate and unbiased LCCA.
Implementation and Deployment of Pavement Technologies
The Accelerated Implementation and Deployment of Pavement Technologies (AID-PT) program, established under MAP-21, advances the latest innovations, best practices, and technologies for constructing and maintaining high-quality, long-lasting pavements. NAPA and the American Concrete Pavement Association (ACPA) support the reauthorization of the AID-PT program.
There are several areas where Congress can act to further reduce the carbon footprint of pavements.
Work Zone Safety
To help protect workers and motorists from injury and death during roadway construction projects the use of innovative contracting methods that enhance work zone safety is essential.
The current waste plastic crisis is a critical concern; however, there is equal concern about the state of the U.S.’s aging transportation infrastructure. Investment in maintenance, improvement, and expansion of transportation infrastructure in the U.S. must focus on delivering long-lasting, high-performing pavements as cost-effectively as possible. Any action taken to change the way an asphalt mixture is designed, produced, and constructed must demonstrate through independent, third-party research that there will be no negative impact on pavement performance or unintended consequences that could impact the health safety of plant operators or construction crews.