April 2020
Office: (217) 523-2208 
Location: 241 North 5th Street, Springfield, IL 62701
Deadline Dates
IDOT Lettings
June 12, 2020
July 31, 2020
September 18, 2020
November 6, 2020
AASHTO re:source Proficiency Sample Program

Asphalt Mixture Gyratory:
  • Enrollment Cut Off - May 28, 2020
  • Closing Date - August 13, 2020
Asphalt Mixture Solvent Extraction:
  • Enrollment Cut Off - October 22, 2020
  • Closing Date - January 14, 2021
Asphalt Mixture Ignition Oven:
  • Enrollment Cut Off - November 19, 2020
  • Closing Date - February 4, 2021
Support Our Industry
IAPA Good Government Council
Through the years, the Illinois Asphalt Pavement Association (IAPA) and its Good Government Council Political Action Committee (GGC PAC) have supported elected legislators and officers of Illinois who understand the critical role that highway infrastructure plays in Illinois’ economy. Through these efforts and the hard work of member companies and staff, IAPA is recognized as a leader for our industry. With the recent passage of the historic $45 billion Rebuild Illinois Capital Bill, it is important for GGC PAC to be prepared to ensure the program is implemented as intended. Therefore, IAPA is requesting additional donations from members to the GGC PAC. Plant mix members are encouraged to donate $1,000 to $5,000 and all other membership categories are encouraged to donate $500 to $1000. Please support IAPA's GGC by completing the Donation Form .
IAPA Scholarship Program
The Illinois Asphalt Pavement Association's scholarship program was started in 1984. To date, the program has awarded over 200 scholarships worth more than $500,000. The purpose of the program is to:

  • Promote knowledge of hot-mix asphalt (HMA) and HMA pavements;
  • Enhance IAPA's relationship with engineering and construction schools throughout the state of Illinois; and
  • Provide educational assistance to qualified students.

Students enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate engineering or construction management program at the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana, University of Illinois - Chicago, Bradley University, Lake Land College,  Southern Illinois University-Carbondale , or Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville are eligible for the program. Applications are coordinated through each respective university. Students selected for award are required to complete a minor research report related to asphalt pavements and are invited to attend IAPA's Annual Conference.

Marshall R. Thompson Professorship Endowment
The Illinois Asphalt Pavement Association (IAPA) appreciates the support, guidance, and contributions that Professor Marshall R. Thompson has provided to the Illinois and National asphalt pavement industry over his career. Marshall is well respected by academia, government agencies, and private industry. IAPA members are dedicated to providing high quality, long lasting, sustainable pavements to the travelling public and taxpayers of Illinois. In addition, IAPA is committed to ensuring the University of Illinois at Urbana‐Champaign's (UIUC) Civil & Environmental Engineering Department of the College of Engineering remains as a national leader in flexible pavement design and asphalt materials. Therefore, our goal is to raise funds from our members to endow the "Illinois Asphalt Pavement Association Marshall R. Thompson Professorship".

NAPA News
NAPA Responds to
COVID-19
NAPA staff and leadership are monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic as well as its impact on public health and business. Regarding the  Transportation Construction Coalition Fly-In  scheduled for May 13-14 in Washington, D.C., NAPA staff will communicate with event organizers this week and quickly report any changes to NAPA members. At this time, the  NAPA Midyear Meeting   (July 12-15 in Santa Barbara, Calif.) is scheduled as planned. If there are any changes regarding these events, we will communicate them to our members immediately. The following resources may be helpful for NAPA member employees:
NCAT News
About the National Center for Asphalt Technology

NCAT was established in 1986 as a partnership between Auburn University and the National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) Research and Education Foundation to provide practical research and development to meet the needs of maintaining America's highway infrastructure. NCAT was created to ensure this industry's ability to provide pavements that are durable, sustainable, quiet, safe and economical. We work with state highway agencies, the Federal Highway Administration and the highway construction industry to develop and evaluate new products, design technologies and construction methods that quickly lead to pavement improvements. 

Our Mission
NCAT’s mission is to provide innovative, relevant and implementable research, technology development and education that advances safe, durable and sustainable asphalt pavements.

Our Vision
NCAT will maintain its prominence as a world leader in asphalt pavement technology. Central to all its functions will be NCAT’s historic partnerships with NAPA, state transportation departments, the FHWA and all stakeholders involved in the asphalt pavement industry. NCAT will continue to be recognized for the quality of its research, training, education and technology transfer. NCAT will ensure the quality of its programs through a careful focus of its resources with emphasis in areas of national and economic need.

Our Core Values
- Provide for the well-being of team members and visitors by ensuring a culture of SAFETY consciousness through our attitude and actions.
- Provide an environment where all employees feel welcomed into an NCAT FAMILY that respects our differences and works together to accomplish the task at hand, where members have our full support and the value of the home family is recognized.
- Conduct ourselves with INTEGRITY by acting with honesty and fairness without compromising the truth, cutting corners or adding intentional bias.
- Conduct and pursue deployable and valuable RESEARCH and technical services that result in positive change for agencies, innovation for industry and an improved traveling experience for the public.
Capitol Updates
Both the House and Senate have canceled session for the week of March 30. The House took the additional action of extending the committee deadline for House bills to get out of committee to April 24 and the 3 rd reading deadline for House bills to pass out of the House chamber is extended to May 8. It remains unknown, however, when the General Assembly will resume session and how it will conduct its business.

The General Assembly was scheduled to be in district for the spring holidays from April 4-21, but members have been advised they could be called to Springfield during this time to address urgent matters.
IDOT Updates
A Message from IDOT Concerning COVID-19...
The Illinois Department of Transportation is taking several steps to help reduce the spread of COVID-19, while keeping our commitment to protect the health and safety of the public and our employees.
 
We take this obligation very seriously.

At IDOT, under the leadership of Gov. JB Pritzker, the agency will continue to focus on keeping infrastructure in safe and in good condition.

We remain open for business at this time with a special focus on our critical mission of maintaining a safe, reliable system of transportation for Illinois. Our roads and bridges are open and will stay open. Maintenance and operations staff remain on duty throughout the state, as usual, with the No. 1 goal again of providing safe, reliable transportation for all users.
 
Likewise, our rest areas remain open 24/7. Now, more than ever, this is a vital resource for motorists, truckers and other travelers in Illinois. The janitorial crews are diligently and frequently cleaning and disinfecting each facility.

There are no plans to stop or suspend construction because of this health crisis. Workers who support the construction of critical or strategic infrastructure are considered essential by the Department of Homeland Security and have a special responsibility to maintain a normal work schedule. With our partners in industry, we will strive to keep this construction season on schedule.
We are continuing to maintain and support the popular www.GettingAroundIllinois.com to provide the latest on road conditions, ongoing projects and other important traveler information.

Following the governor’s stay-at-home order, we have postponed all public meetings until further notice.

The department’s personnel department is continuing to post and fill positions while determining strategies for conducting interviews for prospective job candidates.

Throughout this crisis, IDOT remains in constant contact with state health and emergency management officials to do its part during this global health situation. In conjunction with Gov’s Pritzker’s order, IDOT personnel are teleworking when possible, with a top priority of maintaining the high level of service that the public expects.

As public awareness is key during the spread of this coronavirus, we have also begun sharing safety messages on our digital highway signs throughout the state. These messages include, “Feeling Sick?, Stay Home, Call Doctor” and “Staying Home, Can Save Lives, COVID-19.” These are short, easy-to-read messages to help reinforce the importance of preventing the spread of the virus.

Likewise, we will continue to ask the public and our employees to follow commonsense guidelines of washing your hands, covering your mouth when you cough and staying home when you’re sick. The websites for the Illinois Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control are outstanding resources on what you can do to protect yourself.
 
Illinois is the transportation hub of the nation. With that distinction comes a huge responsibility that IDOT is prepared to meet of making sure the agency is providing essential services every day.
IDOT Events and Projects
Thank you for helping Illinois Asphalt keep those
in our community safe on the roads!

Kevin Burke III, P.E.
Executive Vice-President
Illinois Asphalt Pavement Association