COVID-19 Response Resources & Reports

COVID-19 Response Resources & Reports

WAPA recognizes the impact the COVID-19 (aka novel coronavirus) is having on your business, employees, and families. We know the safety and health of your employees is your priority. During these challenging times, WAPA strives to serve as a trusted resource for your company and employees.   A central location for resources for the asphalt industry is being hosted at the National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) website.  The NAPA COVID-19 launch page is HERE.

NAPA is working daily, in conjunction with the State Asphalt Pavement Associations (SAPAs), to provide key resources gathered from around the country.

During this time of unprecedented uncertainty, WAPA urges you to stay informed, stay healthy and stay safe.

The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) suspended nearly all highway and ferry system contract work as of March 26th after the Governor elected to not designate highway construction work an “essence service” during the duration of his “Stay home, stay safe” executive order.   Previously, on March 19th, WSDOT instituted a COVID-19 Response Plan directive.  All active WSDOT contracts require Contractor/ Subcontractor derived and approved COVID-19 health and safety plans to be approved and in place for construction work to resume.  Contractors should continue to work with their WSDOT project office contacts to review/ refine and update these plans so there will be minimal conflict and maximum COVID safety on active project sites.

On April 24th, the Governor signed Proclamation 20-25, defining a path for projects with low-risk activities to re-start.  Low risk basically means that work can be performed safely with 6-feet of physical distancing in concert with COVID-19 appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) – Key documents and resources specific to Washington state and Phase 1 rules are available HERE.  Included  in this link are letters from WAPA supporting the re-start highway construction projects and supporting federal funding increases for surface transportation construction.

The Washington State Dept. of Labor and Industries published its Washington-Coronavirus-Hazard-Considerations-for-Employers-5-2-2020 (1) – Mask Matrix.  This “face covering matrix” came after a lot of discernment by L & I.  It is a good reference for which types of face mask will be needed by crews at different levels of potential COVID-19 exposure.  This should be a key reference going forward as road construction crews continue to work under COVID safety protocols.

COVID-19 site specific health and safety work plans need to address key items such as pre-shift screening, physical distancing (6 feet means 6 feet), PPE and minimizing physical interchanges (no contact tickets, virtual meetings etc.).  There are good templates of  COVID-19 health and safety plans posted on the NAPA website.  Washington state phase designated COVID-19 guidelines need to be incorporated into any plans for construction in our state.

Phase 2 guidance for construction was published on May 15th.  The COVID Phase 2 Job Site Requirements – 5.15.2020 outline the requirements for COVID site safety once a county has been designated as being eligible to move to Phase 2 opening status.  The Governors COVID19 Phase2 Construction Memo 5.15.2020 summarizes this phase of activity.

In Washington state we are relying on the standards included in the Phase 1 & Phase 2 COVID Job Site Requirements and the Dept. of Labor and Industries “Mask Matrix” (see links above).  OSHA has also issued COVID related guidance that includes some additional information that should be helpful in planning for construction crew protection.

Another source of information, targeted specifically to the public works community, is available at the American Public Works Association (APWA) resource webpage titled “Coronavirus and the Public Works Community“.

UPDATE: WSDOT and state highway Contractors have been very effective in working safely and in protecting our employees.  WSDOT issued this report – COVID 19 Response – for state highway projects built in 2020.  As a work sector, the highway contracting COVID infection rates is approx. 20% (2.8 per thousand) of the comparable statewide infection rate (14.4 per thousand).

Asphalt Pavements Perform! APA & FHWA Videos

Asphalt Pavements Perform! APA & FHWA Videos

When it comes to flexibility, asphalt pavements provide Performance for a Lifetime.

Watch this quick APA video highlighting the sustainability, innovation, value and flexibility of today’s asphalt pavements!

And please also review these three recent FHWA videos covering Asphalt Pavement Principles (select the topic in the upper right hand corner of the video block).

 

 

Women of Asphalt Features Several WAPA Team Members

Women of Asphalt Features Several WAPA Team Members

Just Released Podcast – Women in Leadership Roles – FHWA & State DOTs –

Where We Belong kicks off our phenomenal series on women in leadership roles within state DOTs and the FHWA. In the first podcast, hosts Amy Miller and Tracie Schlich sit down with Nicole Nason, Administrator of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to discuss her recently confirmed position, the growing number of women in leadership positions at the Department of Transportation and how women in male dominated industries often reflect the unique, resilient qualities of asphalt.

Women of Asphalt – 20 to Watch in 2020!

Please visit the national 20 to Watch in 2020 campaign from the Women of Asphalt highlighting some of the many women who thrive in their asphalt industry careers included two (2) women (Karen Deal of Lakeside Industries and Beth Duffus of Granite Construction) working at WAPA Member companies.  The entire set of  profiles can be viewed at the Women of Asphalt website.

Karen Deal – Lakeside Industries

Beth Duffus – Granite Construction

Asphalt Pavement Alliance Western & Pacific Coast Regional Council Blog On-Line

Asphalt Pavement Alliance Western & Pacific Coast Regional Council Blog On-Line

The Asphalt Pavement Alliance (APA) has begun publishing its Western / Pacific Coast Regional Council Blog, The Western & Pacific Smooth Ride Sentinel, featuring articles and resources targeted to this APA region.  You can find the blog at https://apapacific.com/

Jon Young, the Executive Director for the Hawaii Asphalt Pavement Industry (HAPI) is the current leader of the Western / Pacific Coast Council.  Please contact Jon with asphalt pavement related articles of interest from the region.

The APA will soon have its four regional councils for the USA in place.  As part of its continuing refinement of advocacy across the country, the Pacific Coast Regional Council approved the addition of  several western states to its regional effort at the 2019 NAPA Annual Meeting, thus forming the Western/ Pacific Regional Council.

America’s Most Recycled Product!

America’s Most Recycled Product!

Once again, asphalt paving tops the list of the most recycled material in America!  82.2 million tons of hot mix asphalt pavements were reclaimed and reused in 2018.  The Executive Summary is available here: 2019 HMA Recycling Executive Summary and the entire report can be viewed at: 2019 HMA Recycling Survey

For a fun overview of asphalt pavements, watch this short video from the Practical Engineering YouTube broadcast.

 

2020 WAPA Paving Award Winners Honored

2020 WAPA Paving Award Winners Honored

2020 Paving Awards winners were celebrated at WAPA’s Annual Meeting on November 13th.  A wide range of “Best of the Best” awards were presented to Washington state’s premier asphalt paving companies alongside the private sector and public owners of the projects.

The public works paving awards were graciously presented by Scott Lindblom, the 2020 President of the Washington State Association of County Engineers (WSACE), Donald Huling, 2020 President of the American Public Works Association of Washington (APWA-WA) and Marshall Elizer, our state’s Assistant Deputy Secretary of Transportation.  Dan Glover of Tucci & Sons, WAPA’s 2020/2021 President, led the awards ceremony and presented the awards for Commercial, Innovative, Heavy/ Industrial and Intermodal paving.

This year’s Carl Minor Award (the highest rated public works paving project of the year) was awarded to WSDOT Contract 9349 – I-90 – SR 21 to Ritzville Vicinity PavingTom Brasch was WSDOT’s Project Engineer.  Central Washington Asphalt was the General Contractor and self-performed the paving, placing over 50,000 tons of top quality hot mix asphalt, including stone mastic asphalt (SMA), on the job.

The Awards Presentations and a listing of the award winning projects (all in PDF format) are available here: 2020 WAPA Paving Awards

2019 WAPA Awards

A list of the projects that received awards in 2019 is shown in the Banquet Program booklet, available here: 2019 WAPA Paving Awards Catalog – Web Version

The presentation that accompanied the awards is available here: 2019 Paving Awards Presentation Slideshow

2018 WAPA Awards

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

Asphalt Pavement Magazine – Current Edition

Asphalt Pavement Magazine – Current Edition

Asphalt Pavement, the national industry magazine of the National Asphalt Pavement Association, is published six times per year.  The current edition and past editions are available at the link provided:

Asphalt Pavement