Carolina Asphalt Pavement Association (CAPA) was founded in 1949. CAPA represents 95 percent of North Carolina's asphalt industry - approximately 30 asphalt producers and 30 associate members, who supply materials to the asphalt industry. The association represents members' interests on issues involving the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT), the environment and legislation.
CAPA is active with the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce, North Carolina Citizens for Business and Industry (NCCBI) and many other business groups.
As a partner of the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT), CAPA supports only the highest standards of engineering and construction. Members receive training in many areas, including environmental compliance.
CAPA is a founding member of NC Go!, a broad-based statewide coalition of groups committed to solving North Carolina's transportation problems. NC Go! consists of transit groups, chambers of commerce, American Automobile Association (AAA), the N.C. Farm Bureau, NCCBI and many other organizations.
CAPA members are proud to be the builders of North Carolina's roads and are committed to the state and its overall quality of life. It actively supports increasing funding for public transit and contributes to the NCDOT Wildflower program.
CAPA works closely with the National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA), located in Lanham, MD. CAPA members serve on a number of national task forces and committees ranging from plant operations to legislative and environmental issues.
According to the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources, there are currently 150 asphalt plants in the state. Approximately five new plant permits are granted each year. These plants are essential to North Carolina residents because:
- North Carolina has the second largest highway system in the United States, with over 78,000 miles of state-maintained roads.
- These roads are resurfaced every 12 to 15 years, which means 4,400 miles of roads are repaved annually requiring approximately 3 million tons of asphalt.
- Asphalt plants are located throughout the state near road construction sites to ensure the asphalt mixture maintains the required temperature of at least 300 degrees.
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Source: North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Earth Tech