COVID-19 Response Resources

COVID-19 Response Resources

WAPA recognizes the impact the COVID-19 (aka novel coronavirus) may be 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.

In spite of early signals to the contrary, the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) shut down 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.  When highway construction in allowed to resume, all active WSDOT will require Contractor/ Subcontractor derived and approved COVID-19 health and safety plans in place.  Many Contractors submitted plans on March 23rd as per WSDOT’s original directive.  Contractors should continue to work with their WSDOT project office contacts to review/ refine and update these plans so there will be minimal delay when work is authorized to restart.

COVID-19 health and safety work plans should address key items such as pre-shift screening, physical distancing (6 feet means 6 feet), personal protective equipment (PPE) and minimizing physical interchanges (collecting tickets, virtual meetings etc.).There are good examples of health and safety plans posted on the NAPA website.

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“.

New WAPA Associate Members for 2020

New WAPA Associate Members for 2020

WAPA welcomes its three newest Associate Member companies:  BOMAG Americas, Rainier Asphalt and Eagle Crusher.  

BOMAG Americas represents one of the world’s premier asphalt roller manufacturers.

Rainier Asphalt is a top-notch commercial & residential paving company working in the metro Puget Sound area (Seattle-Bellevue and Everett to Tacoma markets).

Eagle Crusher Co. manufacturers a wide range of innovative and high-quality crushing equipment, a key component of the HMA industry.

A list of all of WAPA’s fabulous Associate Members are on-line at the Associate Members section of our website (

Welcome to BOMAG, Rainier Asphalt and Eagle Crusher!


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

A national campaign to highlight 100 of the many women who thrive in their asphalt industry careers included ten (10) women working at WAPA Member companies.  The entire set of 100 profiles can be viewed at the Women of Asphalt website.

The latest featured profile (#13) is Karen Deal, Lakeside Industries’ Director of Environmental & Land Use.

Karen Deal Women of Asphalt Profile #13

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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

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: 2018 HMA Recycling Executive Summary and the entire report can be viewed at:


2019 WAPA Paving Award Winners Honored

2019 WAPA Paving Award Winners Honored

2019 Paving Awards Winners were celebrated at WAPA’s Annual Meeting on November 15th.  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 Eric Pierson, the 2019 President of the Washington State Association of County Engineers (WSACE), Scott Eggar, Past President of the American Public Works Association of Washington (APWA-WA) and Roger Millar, the state’s Secretary of Transportation.

This year’s Carl Minor Award (the highest rated public works paving project of the year) was awarded to WSDOT Contract 9187 – SR 2 from the junction of Interstate 90 to Euclid Ave. in Spokane.  Chad Simonson was WSDOT’s Project Engineer.  Inland Asphalt – Spokane was the General Contractor and self-performed the paving, placing almost 19,000 tons of top quality hot mix asphalt on the job.

A list of the award-winning projects 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 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