The Consortium for Asphalt Pavement Research and Implementation (CAPRI)

Have your voice heard about how to advance asphalt pavement technologies.

CAPRI will bring together all stakeholders in the highway construction and maintenance industry working to improve asphalt pavement cost-effectiveness, sustainability and safety. Innovative technologies and practices are more successfully developed and implemented through collaboration among state DOTs, FHWA, contractors, materials suppliers and academia. To better foster the development of innovations, CAPRI will serve to identify national priority research and implementation needs for tomorrow’s asphalt pavements.

Consortium Goals

  • - Develop asphalt pavement research needs
  • - Provide technical guidance on current and evolving asphalt materials specifications
  • - Select and fund small-scale studies to address knowledge gaps or explore new topics
  • - Foster the implementation of useful research

Semi-annual meetings, rotated among participating organizations, will serve as a forum to facilitate knowledge sharing. Meetings will be organized into topics led by committees that focus on asphalt binders, asphalt mixtures, pavement design, construction, maintenance and rehabilitation, pavement-vehicle interaction and others as the need arises.

Expected Meeting Outcomes

  • - Research need statements and priorities organized into a new National Asphalt Research Roadmap website
  • - Technical articles on current issues
  • - Selected and funded small-scale, exploratory studies to quickly address gaps in the path to implementation, gather additional information to assess the magnitude of perceived problems, and explore new technologies
  • - Assistance for the deployment of research findings through workshops, shepherding of standards and demonstration projects

CAPRI will operate as a consortium of flexible pavement stakeholders open to all state, local and federal highway agencies, industry associations, companies, academic institutions and research organizations. Each participating entity may appoint one voting representative to CAPRI. NCAT will manage administrative duties.

The CAPRI Executive Committee will include balanced representation from major stakeholder groups serving with limited terms. The Committee will draft consortium by-laws and policies to be ratified by members, approve budgets, set meeting agendas and serve as the final authority to approve deliverables.

All member organizations contribute to funding CAPRI. Highway agencies contribute through the Transportation Pooled Fund Program. See pooledfund.org/details/study/692. Other stakeholder organizations contribute $6,000 annually to CAPRI at Auburn University.

Join now before CAPRI kicks off in 2021! Contact capri@auburn.edu for additional information.