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Asphalt Paving Projects Recognized

Building on the tradition established in 1977, the Asphalt Paving Awards Program continues as a cooperative effort between the Asphalt Pavement Association of Michigan (APAM) and the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT). The awards program recognizes excellence in asphalt pavement construction.

March 26, 2007

Building on the tradition established in 1977, the Asphalt Paving Awards Program continues as a cooperative effort between the Asphalt Pavement Association of Michigan (APAM) and the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT). The awards program recognizes excellence in asphalt pavement construction. All APAM members and their customers in the private and public sector are invited to nominate projects that exhibit exceptional construction qualities.

In 2006, 60 projects were evaluated in nine different award categories. The judging committee visited each of the nominated projects, traveling about 4,000 miles in 10 days. Each project was rated on a scale of one to 10 in the following nine quality areas:

  • Appearance — which includes overall neatness, no overspray or leftover materials.
  • The ride, which must be smooth.
  • The texture uniformity must be free of segregation, major surface grinding, roller marks, etc.
  • Longitudinal and transverse joints must be straight, well-blended, smooth, and uniform.
  • Edges must be straight, uniform and true to the contour of the road.
  • Approaches must be blended well with the main line pavement.
  • Utility covers must be flush with the pavement.
  • The degree of difficulty — this includes exceptional circumstances, maintenance of traffic, night paving, etc.

As in the past, when and where possible, the judges evaluated these jobs from the same vehicle, sitting in the same seats in order to get a consistent feel for how the projects ride.

The individual judge's scores are added up and averaged to arrive at the highest project scores. After the all the jobs are visited, the committee meets as a group, reviews the projects and scores, and selects the award recipients. The 2006 Asphalt Paving Award recipients were:

Single Course Overlays

Award of Merit

Project: M-52 from M-43 to Bath Road in Ingham and Shiawassee counties

Contractor: Michigan Paving & Materials Co./Spartan Asphalt Division

Owner: MDOT University Region/Lansing Transportation Service Center

Award of Excellence

Project: US-2 in Loretto, Dickinson County

Contractor: Bacco Construction Co.

Owner: MDOT Superior Region/Crystal Falls Transportation Service Center.

Local Agency Projects

Award of Merit

Project: Washington Avenue Improvement Project, Battle Creek

Contractor: Michigan Paving & Materials Co./Battle Creek Division

Owner: city of Battle Creek

Award of Excellence

Project: Oakland Street Reconstruction, village of Holly

Contractor: Cadillac Asphalt, L.L.C./Clarkston Division

Owner: village of Holly

Consulting Engineer: Rowe Incorporated

Urban Street Projects

Award of Excellence

Project: Wildwood Avenue Reconstruction, West Avenue to Steward Avenue, city of Jackson

Contractor: Aggregate Industries/Mason Plant

Owner: city of Jackson

Consulting Engineer: Capital Consultant/Design Works A.E.

Recreational Projects

Award of Merit

Project: Frank Anderson Trail Extension, Bay City State Recreation Area

Contractor: Rieth-Riley Construction Co./Houghton Lake Division

Owner: Michigan Department of Natural Resources

Award of Excellence

Project: Lake Ann Baptist Camp

Contractor: Rieth-Riley Construction Co./Traverse City Division

Owner: Lake Ann Baptist Camp

Airport Projects

Award of Merit

Project: Mason County Airport

Contractor: Rieth-Riley Construction Co./Big Rapids/Ludington Division

Owner: Mason County Airport

Consulting Engineer: Peckham Engineering, Inc.

Award of Merit

Project: Antrim County Airport

Contractor: Payne & Dolan, Inc.

Owner: Antrim County Airport

Consulting Engineers: Peckham Engineering, Inc.

Award of Excellence

Project: Delta County Airport Runway 9/27 Rehabilitation

Contractor: Payne & Dolan, Inc.

Owner: Delta County Airport

Consulting Engineer: URS Corporation

Special/Challenging Projects

Award of Excellence

Project: Dearborn Development Center

Contractor: Ajax Paving Industries and Rieth-Riley Construction Co. Track Division

Owner: Ford Motor Company

Consulting Engineer: Wilcox Professional Services

Projects 2,500–20,000 Tons

Award of Merit

Project: Howard and Three Rivers Road 2006 Paving Project

Contractor: Rieth-Riley Construction Co./Houghton Lake Division

Owner: Gladwin County Road Commission

Consulting Engineer: Wade Trim

Award of Excellence

Project: Hamlin Road, Macomb County

Contractor: John Carlo, Inc.

Owner: Macomb County Road Commission

Projects 20,000–50,000 Tons

Award of Merit

Project: Davison Road five-lane Widening, Vassar Road to Irish Road

Contractor: Cadillac Asphalt, L.L.C./Clarkston Division

Owner: Genesee County Road Commission

Consulting Engineer: Kraft Engineering & Surveying, Inc.

Award of Excellence

Project: US-2 S-Curves, Iron County

Contractor: Bacco Construction Company

Owner: MDOT Superior Region/Crystal Falls Transportation Service Center

Projects Over 50,000 Tons

Award of Excellence

Project: Interstate 75, Lincoln Road to Arenac County line

Contractor: Payne & Dolan, Inc.

Owner: MDOT Bay Region/Bay City Transportation Service Center

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