News & Updates

Stay up-to-date on legislature affecting the asphalt industry, awards won by ARDOT and members of the AAPA, and any other asphalt-related news.


ISSUE 1 PASSES – LITTLE ROCK – Arkansans passed Issue 1, which sets a permanent half-cent sales tax for highway and road projects…read more here.

SENATORS AIM TO PRODUCE FIVE-YEAR HIGHWAY BILL BEFORE AUGUST RECESS – WASHINGTON – The first version of what could become the country’s next major highway policy bill will be unveiled in the Senate prior to Congress’ recess in August, surface transportation policymakers announced July 10. The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee intends to consider a five-year highway bill, kicking off reauthorization of the FAST Act, a five-year highway law that expires in October of next year…read more here.

ARKANSAS HIGHWAY COMMISSION RELEASES STATEMENT REGARDING THE PROPOSED CASINO GAMBLING AMENDMENT – LITTLE ROCK (8-29) – A proposed Constitutional amendment regarding casino gambling in Arkansas is currently in the process of obtaining certification that would allow it to appear on the ballot in the November 2018 general election. The proposed amendment would allow additional casinos to be opened in Arkansas.The Highway Commission has no position on gambling in Arkansas – that is up to the people to decide should the issue be certified for the ballot. However, the Commission believes…read more here.

ARDOT ENGINEERS RECOGNIZED FOR CAREER ACHIEVEMENTS – The University of Arkansas College of Engineering honored two ARDOT employees for career excellence during events held on Friday, April 20, and Saturday, April 21, according to Arkansas Department of Transportation (ARDOT) officials. Deputy Director and Chief Operating Officer Lorie Tudor was inducted…read more here.

SCOTT BENNETT NAMED AASHTO SECRETARY-TREASURER – The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials’ (AASHTO) Board of Directors has elected ARDOT Director Scott Bennett as Secretary-Treasurer of the organization, according to…read more here.

ARDOT’S BROADWAY BRIDGE PROJECT COMPETING FOR BEST IN AMERICA  The recently opened Broadway Bridge (U.S. Highway 70) spanning the Arkansas River between Little Rock and North Little Rock is among twelve finalists announced in the 2017 America’s Transportation Awards competition sponsored by…read more here.

THV11 INTERVIEWS DANNY STRAESSLE OF ARDOT AND PARK ESTES OF AAPA ON ARKANSAS ROADS  Are Arkansas roads the worst in the nation? Follow this link to watch the video and find out.

CONGRESSMAN WESTERMAN TOURS MARTIN MARIETTA, CRANFORD – On April 12, 2017, Congressman Bruce Westerman toured both the Martin Marietta quarry and the Cranford Construction asphalt plant in Jones Mill, AR. After the tour, the Congressman…read more here.

AHTD WINS 7TH PERPETUAL PAVEMENT AWARD – Congratulations to the Arkansas Highway & Transportation Department for winning their 7th Perpetual Pavement Award for Route 167, Section 19 (MM 16.8 to 18.8) in Sharp County! The Perpetual Pavement Award program administered by the Asphalt Pavement Alliance accepts award nominations for projects which are at least 35 years old, have not experience a structural failure, received no more than four inches of newly added material over the previous 35 years, and have not been resurfaced more frequently than once every 13 years. The nomination was evaluated and selected for an award by the National Center for Asphalt Technology (NCAT) at Auburn University.  

AAPA MEMBERS RECEIVE NAPA AWARDS – Congratulations to APAC-Central, Hutchens Construction, and R.K. Hall Construction for winning NAPA 2016 Quality in Construction Awards…read more here.

GOOD ROADS FOUNDATION PRESENTS FINDINGS ON HIGHWAY FUNDING – LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas (January 4, 2017) – The Arkansas Highway Commission today heard the findings from a six-month research process on long-term highway funding conducted by the Arkansas Good Roads Foundation. The Foundation was asked by Governor Asa Hutchinson…read more here.

NEW HIGHWAY COMMISSIONER APPOINTED – The AAPA would like to offer congratulations to Philip Taldo of Springdale, who will be appointed to the Arkansas Highway Commission. Taldo is an owner of…read more here.

GOOD ROADS PLAN MAKING PROGRESS – The Arkansas Good Roads Foundation has been conducting since July a process by which a long-term highway funding plan can be developed prior to the January 2017 Regular Session of the Arkansas General Assembly. That process will be concluded and a plan presented for consideration by Christmas. As part of the process…read more here.

AHTD DIRECTOR NATIONALLY RECOGNIZED AT AASHTO 2016 ANNUAL MEETING – The American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials (AASHTO) has recognized Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) Director of Highways and Transportation Scott Bennett with the organization’s prestigious Thomas H. MacDonald Memorial Award. The award was presented during the AASHTO Annual Meeting…read more here.