NJAPA achieves major legislative success with signing of Recycled Asphalt Pavement Bill. Acting Governor Tahesha Way today signed Assembly Bill 4797 into law.
The legislation will help to provide significant environmental benefits and will lower the overall carbon emissions footprint of the asphalt manufacturing industry. The legislation also;
• Increases NJDOT from 15% to 20% RAP as the default allowable limit.
• Makes clear that all Counties and Municipalities must allow 20% RAP by law.
• Allows up to 35% recycled material for non state-funded, low volume roads.
• Protects and maintains our ability to use the NJDOT High RAP Specification on County and Municipal roads. This is important language as we move to the next step in our efforts to increase RAP use which is expedited approval of Ideal-CT.
In addition to the benefits specific to the legislation, we also achieved two other beneficial outcomes during this effort;
• During the negotiation process, NJDOT committed to do 6 High RAP projects with a minimum of 25,000 tons of asphalt each during Fiscal Year 2024.
• NJDOT committed to expedited approval for Ideal-CT testing.
Assembly Bill 4797 sponsored by Assemblyman Rob Karabinchak (D-18), Assemblyman Dan Benson (D-14), Assemblyman Anthony Verrelli (D-15), Senator Steve Oroho (R-24) and Senator Patrick Diegnan (D-18). During the legislative process, NJAPA worked cooperatively with several stakeholder groups including NJDOT, NJ Society of Municipal Engineers, NJ Association of Counties and NJ Association of County Engineers. Several industry groups and trade organizations also lent their support to this effort including UTCA of NJ, ACC of NJ, NJ Concrete & Aggregate Association, Operating Engineers Local 825, NJ Chamber of Commerce and NJ Business & Industry Association among others.
The legislation will go into effect on March 1, 2024. Click here to view a copy of the legislation.
Please contact the Association office should you have any questions or wish to discuss.