May 08, 2019
Asphalt Pavement Alliance Announces Perpetual Pavement Award Winners
Asphalt Pavement Alliance has honored six departments of transportation for the success of their long-lasting asphalt roads. These DOTs have been named as winners of APA’s 2018 Perpetual Pavement Awards.
The award is presented to state DOTs and local agency road owners for well-performing asphalt pavements that are at least 35 years old with proven high-quality structural design. The pavement cannot have suffered a structural failure and should have an average interval of 13 years between resurfacing.
“One of the keys to sustainability is long life,” said Amy Miller, P.E., National Director of the Asphalt Pavement Alliance. “Asphalt roads can be engineered to last indefinitely with only routine maintenance and periodic surface renewal.”
The pavement must demonstrate the characteristics expected from long-life, Perpetual Pavement design: excellence in design, quality in construction and value to taxpayers, reads APA’s press release.
This year’s winners are:
- Alabama Department of Transportation, North Region, for a 2.4-mile section of four-lane divided highway on U.S. Highway 72/State Route 2 in Jackson County. This is the 10th Perpetual Pavement Award for ALDOT.
- Arkansas Department of Transportation for a 4.81-mile stretch of two-lane Arkansas Highway 92, Section 1, in Conway County. This is the ninth Perpetual Pavement Award for ARDOT.
- Florida Department of Transportation for a 3.17-mile section of four-lane highway on U.S. Highway 192/State Road 500 in Brevard County This is the ninth Perpetual Pavement Award for FDOT.
- Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, Engineering District 4-0, for a 2.5-mile section of two-lane road on Pennsylvania Route 424 in Luzerne County. PennDOT has earned eight Perpetual Pavement Awards.
- Tennessee Department of Transportation for a 2.77-mile stretch of two-lane highway on State Route 56 in Putnam County. This is the 14th Perpetual Pavement Award earned by TDOT.
- Washington State Department of Transportation for a 5.88-mile section of two-lane U.S. Highway 195 in Spokane and Whitman counties. This is the fifth Perpetual Pavement Award earned by WSDOT.
The nominated pavements were evaluated by engineers at the National Center for Asphalt Technology (NCAT) at Auburn University. Winning agencies are honored by their local state asphalt pavement association and presented with an engraved crystal obelisk, ad their names and projects are added to a plaque on permanent display at the NCAT Research Center at Auburn University.
Since the Perpetual Pavement Award was established in 2001, 132 pavements in 30 U.S. states and one Canadian province have been honored with the award.