|The National Asphalt Pavement Association presented Sen. Barbara Boxer with the Asphalt Legislator of the Year Award for her determined, bipartisan work to ensure the passage of MAP-21. Attending the presentation were (from left) Russell Snyder, executive director of the California Asphalt Pavement Association; Frank Coakley, vice president, and Don Daley III, CEO of DIII Transport Corp.; National Asphalt Pavement Association Chairman John Keating, president and COO East Oldcastle Materials Group; Sen. Barbra Boxer; Brian Handshoe, vice president, operations, Kenco Engineering; Mike Acott, National Asphalt Pavement Association president; and Len Nawrocki, director of marketing, Southwest, Valero Marketing & Supply.|
The National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) has named Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) its Asphalt Legislator of the Year. Boxer was recognized for her bipartisan leadership in passing the Moving Ahead for Program in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) into law, as well as her dedication to supporting and funding federal investments in the nation’s infrastructure.
“We commend Sen. Boxer for her extraordinary leadership in advancing legislation that will truly modernize and reform the nation’s current transportation system to help create jobs, accelerate economic recovery and build the foundation for long-term prosperity,” says John Keating, president and COO East of Oldcastle Materials Inc. and chairman of NAPA’s board of directors.
Russell Snyder, executive director of the California Asphalt Pavement Association, adds, “Transportation policy and funding our nation’s surface transportation network should be a bipartisan issue that brings members of Congress together across party lines. Sen. Boxer’s leadership and outstanding work ensured that a divided Congress could come together to pass this important legislation on behalf of Californians and all Americans.”
MAP-21 includes many reforms that transform how federally funded transportation projects are managed, including a consolidation of program categories; further environmental streamlining; performance measurement, monitoring and reporting; accelerated deployment of innovative pavement technologies; and expanded opportunities for leveraging existing dollars though a larger Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) program.
“Sen. Barbara Boxer produced the only bill that could have passed the Senate, the House and the White House,” says Keating. “We are grateful for her focus and dedication and NAPA will stand by the senator as she works to address the historic shortfall in revenues the Highway Trust Fund faces in fiscal year 2015.”
The award was presented to Boxer during NAPA’s Asphalt Fly-In, which brought asphalt producers, paving contractors and road builders to Capitol Hill to discuss infrastructure funding with their members of Congress, as well as to educate them about sustainability efforts by the asphalt pavement industry that preserve natural resources and save taxpayers money.