The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) has received a national Pavement Pioneer Award for the long-life asphalt pavement projects recently constructed on Interstate 5 in Northern California.
Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty received the award on behalf of the agency at the California Asphalt Pavement Association (CalAPA) Fall Asphalt Pavement Conference last week in Sacramento.
Mike Acott, president of the National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA), presented Dougherty with the award on behalf of the Asphalt Pavement Alliance (APA).
“The Pavement Pioneer Award recognizes agencies that utilize innovative designs, materials, and methods to deliver durable asphalt roads that are high-quality, long-lasting, and an outstanding value for the taxpayer,” Acott said.
Caltrans won the Pavement Pioneer Award for its work on two long-life asphalt pavement — or Perpetual Pavement — projects. The award specifically recognizes the department’s headquarters Pavement branch and the regional office in Redding.
Usually, pavements must be in place for more than 30 years to receive a Perpetual Pavement Award, but CalAPA and the APA honored Caltrans for the way it boldly moved forward with its durable pavement strategy on Interstate 5, as well as Interstate 710 in Los Angeles County and Interstate 80 between San Francisco and Sacramento.