MDOT Honored

Staff | September 28, 2010

The Asphalt Pavement Alliance (APA) has announced that the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is the recipient of its 2007 Perpetual Pavement Award for a 5.2-mile section of M-24 that runs from the north village limits of Mayville to M-46.

The award is given to owners of asphalt pavements that are at least 35 years old and have never had a structural failure. The average interval between resurfacing of each winning pavement must be no less than 13 years. The road must demonstrate the qualities expected from long-life asphalt pavements: excellence in design, quality in construction, and value to the traveling public.

Engineers at the National Center for Asphalt Technology (NCAT) evaluated the nominations for the Perpetual Pavement Award, and a panel of industry experts validated the recipients of the award.

“Even though each of these pavements has been punished by more than 35 years of heavy use, motorists are still using the original pavement structures. The only maintenance has been periodic replacement of the surface,” said Mike O'Leary, APA co-chairman. “The extraordinary performance of these pavements is worthy of attention.”

Each recipient will receive an engraved crystal obelisk and a plaque, and will have its name added to a permanent plaque that is kept at the NCAT Research Center. Presentations will be made on November 12 at a special ceremony during the International Conference on Warm Mix Asphalt in Nashville, TN.

The APA is a coalition of the National Asphalt Pavement Association, the Asphalt Institute, and the state asphalt pavement associations. The Alliance's mission is to further the use and quality of hot mix asphalt pavements. The Alliance will accomplish this through research, technology transfer, engineering, education, and innovation.