Meet the Exec. – Asphalt Pro Magazine Article

Meet the Exec. – Asphalt Pro Magazine Article

Dave Gent has been active in WAPA since the 1980’s, but if you don’t know Dave, take a look at the “Meet the State Exec.” article in the the May 2018 edition of Asphalt Pro magazine!

To view the entire magazine, including past editions, visit this Asphalt Pro link.



2018 WAPA Paving Awards

2018 WAPA Paving Awards

2018 WAPA Awards Presentation (PowerPoint):

The complete list of 2018 WAPA Paving Award Winners is included here: 2018 WSDOT-WAPA Paving Awards

The PowerPoint slide show highlighting each project is available here: 2018 WAPA Paving Awards PPT Presentation

Photos of the 2018 Awards Banquet are available here: 2018 Awards Banquet Photos

Summer Equals Road Trips!

Summer Equals Road Trips!

Summer is time for road trips and enjoying the great outdoors. Wherever your travels take you, you know smooth asphalt roads provide comfort, drivability and performance. #WhereWeBelong

Check out NAPA’s road trip anthem, Where We Belong on YouTube.





The Place to Be

The Place to Be

This short Asphalt Pavement Alliance (APA) video captures what the traveling public wants when enjoying the nation’s highways.  The road is the place to be!

When Americans head out on the road, what they care most about is enjoying a smooth, high-performance driving experience. With asphalt, drivers enjoy a superior level of drivability. To find out more, visit


2017 – 2019 State Transportation Budget

Report from Tom Gaetz – WAPA Senior Advisor – 5.12.2017

 Washington State – 2017-19 Transportation Budget 

This week, Washington State House and Senate leaders finally reached an agreement and passed the 2017-19 Transportation budget. I’ve provided links to the official docs below. In summary, the new budget:

  • Appropriates about $8.5 billion over the next two years.
  • Spends $4.2 billion in the various capital programs.
  • Shifts $60 million of additional TPA funds to help fill the $149 million cost overrun on the Alaska Way Viaduct Deep Bore Tunnel project.
  • Maintains the Connecting Washington package and only makes minor modifications by advancing some funding on five projects to earlier years.
  • Adds $162 million to existing fish passage barrier funding. The planned spending for these projects averages about $90 million per biennium through 2033, still far short of the $2.4 billion estimated total need.
  • Funds several studies, including:  Board of Pilotage, I-405 Toll Data, Air Cargo, Role of the WTC, and alignment of an Ultra High Speed Rail line between Vancouver BC and Portland OR.
  • The VW settlement language has a minor reference (Sec 702), but transportations leaders decided to move the bulk of the framework to the Capital Budget, which has not been adopted as of this writing.

Conference Committee Report and Striker
House/Senate Budget Comparison Reports
LEAP Transportation Document 2017-1: Highway Projects Partnership Acct Projects (dated 04/20/2017)
LEAP Transportation Document 2017-2: All Projects (dated 04/20/2017)

Annual Meetings & Training (2017 & 2018) – Archived Presentations

Annual Meetings & Training (2017 & 2018) – Archived Presentations


WAPA/ WSDOT 30th Annual Joint Training Workshops – February 27th (Moses Lake), February 28th (Centralia) & March 1st (Lynnwood) – 2018-Joint-Training-PowerPoint Presentations


2017 WAPA/ WSDOT Joint Training Workshops

2017 WSDOT Spec. Changes – Bob Dyer, P.E., WSDOT Assistant State Construction Engineer

APWA General Special Provisions for Local Agencies – Ruth McIntyre, TranTech Engineering

WSDOT Bridge Deck Paving Restriction – Bob Dyer, WSDOT

MSCR Binder Testing Review – Sean McLaughlin, Assistant Asphalt Engineer, WSDOT

Nuclear Test Gauges – Care, Maintenance & Accuracy in Backscatter/ Thinlift Modes – Sean McLaughlin

Best Practices for Longitudinal Joint Construction – Bob Humer, P.E., Regional Engineer, The Asphalt Institute

FHWA Increased Density Demonstration Project – Tim Aschenbrener, P.E., FHWA Senior Asphalt Pavement Engineer

Compaction Options – Oscillatory Rollers – Andy Kazanis, District Sale Manager, Wirtgen America

WAPA Mid-Year Meeting (2017) – May 17th – 19th – Archived Presentations

WAPA Annual Meeting & Awards Banquet (2017)– Nov. 8th &  Nov. 9th –  Archived Meeting Presentations

WAPA Fall Asphalt Conference 2017 – November 14th (Seattle) & November 15th (Spokane) – From Tack to RAP – Asphalt Paving Best Practices – Archived Meeting Presentations – 2017 WAPA Fall Asphalt Conference