Making an Impact at Every Level
NAPA’s advocacy goals bring together the entire the 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.