WELCOME TO WAPA
The nonprofit Wisconsin Asphalt Pavement Association represents Wisconsin’s asphalt industry. This Web site is a resource for our members (some 80 contractors and manufacturers), their customers and the public at large. Make this your first stop for information on hot mix asphalt in Wisconsin.
President Signs Highway Funding Fix into Law
On Friday, August 8, President Obama signed into law the $11-billion, ten-month Highway Trust Fund patch that Congress passed on July 31 to extend funding for the federal surface transportation law, MAP-21, through May 2015.
H.R.5021, Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2014 is a temporary fix that avoids a cash crisis in the Highway Trust Fund. Without a new funding measure, the shortfall would have threatened to delay federal payments to states starting in August.
It had been unlikely that Congress would approve a long-term road funding bill before federal elections this November, so this action effectively punts the larger problem to the next Congress. The 114th Congress will face the challenge of funding a long-term bill before the new expiration date in mid-2015.
The majority of Wisconsin's congressional delegation voted for the temporary funding measure. House of Representatives for: Duffy, Kind, Moore, Petri, Pocan, Ryan; against: Ribble, Sensenbrenner. Senate for: Baldwin; against: Johnson.
WisDOT's Secretary Highlights Wisconsin's Asphalt Industry
Mark Gottlieb, Secretary of Wisconsin DOT, took the opportunity to spotlight WAPA and Wisconsin's asphalt industry at a national research summit held in Madison on July 22. Gottlieb addressed a group of some 80 individuals representing the state research directors at a meeting of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials.
Gottlieb discussed the value of public-private collaboration and the asphalt industry's leadership on the many pavement innovations underway in Wisconsin. "We have a lot that we can learn from what private sector is doing in research development and innovation," Gottlieb told the national audience, "as well as by working very closely and involving our research program with our industry partners like the WAPA folks that are here today. The folks that lead the asphalt industry in our state came to us and said, 'We think there's a lot of things we can be doing differently. We can save a lot of money and we can deliver a better product for the state.' We were certainly willing to listen."
He noted the importance of sharing the burden of risk as part of the path to innovation. "I said I'm willing to try a lot of what you want to try, but we have to have a clear understanding of who's assuming the risk," Gottlieb said.
He concluded: "There's something we can learn from our industry partners. There are things that they know that we don't necessarily know."
We appreciate this acknowledgment on the national stage, and we look forward to continuing our strong ongoing partnership with Wisconsin DOT.
In Memoriam: Ned Bechthold
We are saddened by the loss of Payne & Dolan's Ned Bechthold, who passed away on May 9. Please see the full obituary for Ned and visit the memories and condolences page. Ned will be dearly missed by all who knew him.
New! Spring 2014 Newsletter
Spring 2014 Newsletter [PDF]. Or jump to an article in the PDF:
- Securing Transportation Funding for Wisconsin's Future
- Vote YES for Transportation
- Message from WAPA's Executive Director
- Higher Recycled Pavements are Coming
- Earlier Maintenance with Thin Layers Pays Off
- At-the-Site Recycling Delivers the Three E's
Find all past issues on our Newsletters Page.
New WAPA Director of Engineering Deb Schwerman
WAPA welcomes Deb Schwerman as our new Director of Engineering. Schwerman brings more than 20 years of experience to the position, having worked both for state government and in industry. She brings a wealth of technical knowledge on asphalt pavement materials, mechanistic design, construction processes, and specifications and will be a great asset in the advancement of asphalt pavements in Wisconsin.
Read the press release [PDF] for more information and check our Contacts page to update your records.
54th WAPA Conference - Presentations are Online
General session presentations from WAPA's most recent annual conference are now online. WAPA thanks all presenters for taking the time and effort to share their expertise.
Now Online: Asphalt Institute's Webinar Library
The Asphalt Institute recently announced that its full offering of recorded Asphalt Academy webinars is online. You can register to view these recorded webinars, which count toward professional development hours. AI's webinar library addresses a wide range of topics, including asphalt binders, emulsions, pavement design, construction, testing, inspection, and preservation.
NAPA's Greenhouse Gas Calculator
NAPA's Greenhouse Gas Calculator is a user-friendly Web tool that analyzes gate-to-gate greenhouse gas emissions related to asphalt pavement manufacturing. The interface provides drop-down lists of typical fuels that are linked to greenhouse gas emission factors, expressed as carbon dioxide equivalents (CO2e).
The 2012 update to the calculator adds emission offset credits for those fuels and activities that either reduce the amount of CO2e released or that sequester CO2.
National Best Practices on HMA Recycling
In-place recycling and reclamation of asphalt pavements helps highway agencies optimize the value of in-place materials, minimize construction time and traffic flow disruptions, and reduce the number of construction vehicles moving in and out of the construction area.
The Transportation Research Board has published NCHRP Synthesis 421: Recycling and Reclamation of Asphalt Pavements Using In-Place Methods, which examines national best practices in the use of hot in-place recycling, cold in-place recycling, and full-depth reclamation of asphalt pavements.
NCAT Highlight Video
The research center and test track at Auburn University's National Center for Asphalt Technology help make NCAT one of the world's leading institutions for asphalt pavement research and an important source of information for advancing asphalt pavement technology. This video highlights pavement engineering and asphalt research at NCAT, including materials and field testing and forensic analysis.
Guidance from APA: Asphalt's Carbon Footprint
The Asphalt Pavement Alliance recently published a brief titled Carbon Footprint - How does asphalt stack up? The publication examines greenhouse gas production of asphalt and concrete pavements. The analysis shows clearly that asphalt has a much lower carbon footprint than concrete. When it comes to pavement, asphalt is the more sustainable choice.
For more recent releases from APA, see APA's New Publications page.