WHO ARE WE?

WHO IS CAPA? The Colorado Asphalt Pavement Association (CAPA) Is a nonprofit trade association representing the hot mix asphalt industry of Colorado. Over 230 organizations are members of CAPA, making it the voice of the asphalt industry throughout the state. CAPA has grown to include both producer and user organizations. Fifty cities, towns and counties have become members of CAPA and make use of the technical assistance available through the association. Whether a large heavy/highway contractor or a small commercial paver, CAPA is here to serve you and the industry it represents. Check us out! You will see why CAPA is the voice of the Asphalt Industry in Colorado!

OUR MISSION

The mission of the Colorado Asphalt Pavement Association (CAPA) is to advance the quality and use of asphalt pavements in Colorado. CAPA is composed of both producers and users (including governmental agencies) working together to design, construct and maintain high quality pavements.

MEMBERSHIP

CAPA by-laws allow for four types of Membership: Member, Associate Member, Affiliate Member, and Affiliate Agency.
Click here for a list of current CAPA Members with links to their website.

Click here for more information about CAPA Membership.

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CAPA FACT SHEET

The Colorado Asphalt Pavement Association (CAPA) Fact Sheet:

CAPA was founded in 1983 as the Colorado Asphalt Producers Association. In 1994, and at the encouragement of several local agencies, the CAPA membership role was expanded to include governmental agencies. To recognize the change to a user/producer organization the name was changed to The Colorado Asphalt Pavement Association (CAPA).

Currently, CAPA has approximately 240 member organizations, comprised of producers, laydown contractors, material suppliers, equipment dealers and suppliers as well as end.

CAPA manages and operates Rocky Mountain Asphalt Education Center (RMAEC) and administers the Laboratory for Certified Asphalt Technicians (LabCAT). The program offers five different levels of technician certification and one level for certification of Asphalt inspectors. The education curriculum includes courses on hot mix asphalt mixture design, quality control/quality assurance testing and hot mix asphalt construction.

In 1917, photographs from Boulder County provided one of the first documentations of Asphalt use in Colorado road construction. 2001 marked the 85th anniversary of Asphalt Pavement in Colorado.

The CAPA Membership role extends to all parts of the state and all facets of the Asphalt Industry.

ASPHALT FACT SHEET

There are 58 hot mix asphalt production facilities operating in 28 Colorado counties. In the seven county Metro Denver area alone, there are 20 production facilities.

Hot Mix Asphalt (HMA), or commonly referred to as Asphalt, is the pavement material of choice for approximately 90 percent of paved roads in Colorado.

Annually, Colorado facilities produce approximately 12.5 million tons of Hot Mix Asphalt.

Asphalt Pavement is 100 percent recyclable and is the single most recycled product in the US.

According to the National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA), repairing hot mix asphalt pavements on major highways cost about $39,000 per lane mile, compared to the average cost of concrete's $120,000 per lane mile. In addition, workers spend nearly 8 days reconstructing one lane mile of concrete, compared to 3 for Hot Mix Asphalt Pavement.

Properly designed and constructed Hot Mix Asphalt Pavements will last more than 50 years with periodic resurfacing, reducing the need to costly, time-consuming and disruptive reconstruction.

Hot Mix Asphalt Pavement reduces the cost for initial construction and provides for a smoother, quieter surface material.

Approximately 50 percent of the Asphalt Paving Crew Personnel in the state is Spanish speaking.

WHAT IS ASPHALT?

What Is Asphalt?
On a tour at an Asphalt Plant, a manager explains to members of a Cub Scout Troop how Asphalt is made.
Video is posted courteous of Pave Green.org

Check out CAPA's YouTube Video Chanel for more industry related videos.

DRIVEWAY TIPS

CAPA has included a link to this site for information on constructing an Asphalt Driveway. Driveway Tips.com. Use the information to help you prior to or aster construction. It's important to understand the principles of installation and maintenance before you hire a driveway contractor.

(CAPA is not responsible for the content of the material contained on the Driveway Tips web site) Our hope is to provide you valuable information about installing and maintaining your driveway, whether its concrete, pavers, asphalt or even stone! Every driveway provides a welcome mat to your door.

After visiting Driveway Tips, we hope that you as a consumer:
Will have a better understanding of cost.
Learn more about layout and design.
Understand maintenance procedures.
Know more about product durability.

There are many different choices available in today's market place. We also want to bring to your attention the many different driveway contractors, and show you how to make all the right choices the first time!

There are so many decisions to make, but making the right decisions the first time, and choosing the proper contractor, will save you time and money!

Information is available for those who are ambitious and like to maintain there own driveways, without having to hire a contractor, year after year!

NEW TECHNOLOGY

Rubblization plus Asphalt Overlay
Rubblization plus Asphalt Overlay was introduced in Colorado in 1999. The first project was on I-76 near Sterling. The process of rubblization turns deteriorated concrete into the base for a smooth, safe, quiet and durable pavement made with hot mix asphalt. Rubblization plus asphalt overlay is up to 40 percent less expensive than the alternative and can be completed in 50 percent less time than the concrete alternative.

Superpave
Superpave is an acronym for Superior Performing Asphalt Pavements, was introduced in Colorado in 1996. Today, all CDOT projects and most local agency projects in the state are designed and specified as Superpave. The advantage of Superpave is the increased resistance to permanent deformation (rutting) and low temperature thermal cracking.

Stone Mastic Asphalt (SMA)
SMA was introduced in Colorado in 1994. As of 2014 more than 1 million tons of SMA has been placed across the state and the performance results are very favorable. The philosophy of SMA is to combine the rut resistant benefits of stone-on-stone contact and the improved durability of high asphalt binder content and mineral filler mastic. SMA pavements are also noted for their ability to reduce pavement-tire interaction noise and splash and spray during wet pavement conditions.

Warm Mix Asphalt (WMA)
WMA typically incorporates the use of an additive to allow a reduction in the temperatures at which asphalt mixes are produced and placed. Thus, WMA can be placed in cooler temperature conditions often found at night, early and late in the paving season, and during changing weather conditions. An additional important benefit of the Warm Mix Asphalt technology is the reduction in energy consumption required by burning fuels to heat traditional hot mix asphalt (HMA) to typically found at the production plant. With the decreased production temperature comes the additional benefit of reduced emissions at the plant and during lay down. Click here for more Warm Mix Asphalt Availability Resources.

Porous Asphalt
Porous asphalt pavements are increasingly in demand because they offer site planners and public works officials the opportunity to manage stormwater in an environmentally friendly way. Impervious surfaces such as roofs and pavements create runoff, so that dirt and debris are washed into streams and waterways. At the same time, water has often been regarded as the “enemy” of Asphalt. Great efforts are taken to assure that water does not enter the roadway material, especially in areas with numerous freeze/thaw cycles.