The Utah Asphalt Pavement Association (UAPA) recently held the UAPA Fall Conference (formerly known as the Southern Utah Asphalt Seminar) in St. George in early November. A record number of attendees and exhibitors were at the event showcasing a Welcome Address from Dr. Williams, the President of Dixie State University, and a panel discussion from UAPA’s newly formed Southern Utah Regional Leadership Council (SURLC), chaired by Jeremy Leonard with Western Rock Products.
“As we formed the leadership council in Southern Utah this past Spring, we had two major goals in mind: expand the Fall Conference to offer more educational offerings for our region and develop a strategic vision through our council representatives to address opportunities and challenges in the asphalt pavement industry that are unique to Southern Utah.” Continued Leonard, “it’s amazing to see the growth of this event in just one year – I attribute that to the expanded educational sessions offered this year.”
Sessions at the UAPA Fall Conference included, among others, presentations covering the use of fibers in HMA; the basics of a good road; and the differences between Marshall and Superpave mix designs. At lunch, attendees were also able to learn about the complete reconstruction of the runway at the St. George Regional Airport and innovative processes being deployed across the state for pavement preservation.
Reed Ryan, the Executive Director of UAPA, noted that “the success of this conference falls directly on the creation of the regional leadership council. It’s amazing to me that through UAPA we can bring together owners, agencies, producers of HMA, contractors, and preservation specialists. This conference is just the start of their work, I can’t wait to see what they do next.”
Now in its eighth year since creation, UAPA continues to grow and celebrated crossing the 100-member threshold earlier in 2019. For more information regarding the association or other upcoming events, including the 2020 Utah Asphalt Conference, please feel free to visit www.utahasphalt.org