Pub. 4 2022 Issue 2

What UAPA Is Doing For Its Members And The State of Utah

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On the Road Magazine Pub 4 2022 Issue 2

UAPA is the only trade association that exclusively represents the interests of the asphalt pavement material producer and paving contractor on local and state levels with government agencies and other trade and business organizations.

Within the membership roster, you’ll find the crossroad where agencies, owners, engineers, contractors, and producers all have a voice and the opportunity to move our shared industry forward. More than just doing what is best for business or the private sector, UAPA continually asks, “How can we do what is right by the owner?” This approach has been key to the association’s success and growth over the past ten years since its inception.

From April 2021 to April 2022, the association continued growth in membership across the entire state while realigning itself to better meet the needs of localized regions. Here are just a few highlights from the calendar year of the association:

  • Working closely with both the Utah Chapter of the APWA and selected members of the Utah City Engineers Association, UAPA’s Technical Committee worked tirelessly to improve and propose significant changes to the APWA asphalt production and construction specifications for Utah. These changes, coupled with momentum for regional adoption by various entities, will help bridge the gap and improve quality as we work towards Balanced Mix Design in the state.

  • A first-of-its-kind for UAPA, the association officially kicked off its certification program through the launch of the UAPA Asphalt Inspection Certification. Each of the three sessions for the certification were completely sold out.

  • Building off of the changes to the MOI-960 mix design verification changes, UAPA worked closely with UDOT to improve the agency’s smoothness specification – adding to the incentives for contractors while not increasing any disincentives.

  • Additional partnership opportunities with UDOT included improvements to the micro surface specification, the creation of an APT specification, and a task group formation to develop parameters for the IDEAL-CT cracking test specification.

  • Ten years in, the association continued to grow by creating its first-ever Legislative Task Group and a Workforce Development Task Group. Both task groups met regularly throughout the year, and particularly during the legislative session on behalf of members to ensure the interests of our industry were met and protected through legislative actions.