Monday, September 24, 2012

Continuing Resolution Cuts Highway Funding

The House and Senate have approved a funding bill to keep all government agencies, including the Department of Transportation, funded through March 27, 2013, at levels similar to that of fiscal year 2012. Transportation spending under the continuing resolution do not reflect the levels authorized by MAP-21, which should go into effect on October 1, 2012. According to Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), at the funding levels in the continuing resolution the federal highway program will lose approximately $500 million and 17,000 jobs. NAPA staff met with Senators Boxer and Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) on Sept. 13 to discuss the situation. The senators agreed to work on a retroactive fix when the full-year appropriation is finalized later this year or at the start of the 113th Congress in 2013. Click here for a copy of the letter released by NAPA and the Transportation Construction Coalition (TCC) opposing the continuing resolution’s cuts to highway funding.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

The Future of Asphalt Pavement in Utah

The Utah Asphalt Pavement Association (UAPA) in partnership with Staker Parson recently played host to two groups of civil and environmental engineering students from the University of Utah.  As part of the tour, students were given a first-hand look at the mining operations of Staker Parson's Beck Street location as well as a tour of the company's asphalt pavement lab and the hot mix plant.  Special thanks to Craig Fabrizio, Travis Canfield, and Jeff Collard from Staker Parson for making this tour possible!