2017 WAPA Paving Awards

2017 WAPA Paving Awards

2017 WAPA Awards Presentation (PowerPoint):

The complete list of 2017 WAPA Paving Award Winners is included here: 2017 WAPA Paving Award Listing – All Projects

The PowerPoint slide show highlighting each project is available here: 2017 WAPA Paving Awards PPT Presentation

WSDOT Earns A National Perpetual Pavement Award for SR 512

WSDOT Earns A National Perpetual Pavement Award for SR 512

MEDIA RELEASE:  June 21, 2017

For Immediate Release

WSDOT Honored for Success of Long-Life Asphalt Section of State Route 512

The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) was awarded a 2016 Perpetual Pavement Award by the Asphalt Pavement Alliance (APA) for a 5.01-mile section of State Route 512 in Pierce County that runs from Portland Avenue to the intersection with SR 161. This is the third Perpetual Pavement Award earned by WSDOT.

To qualify for this prestigious award, a pavement must be at least 35 years old and never suffered a structural failure. The average interval between resurfacing of each winning pavement must be no less than 13 years. The pavement must demonstrate the characteristics expected from long-life, Perpetual Pavement design: excellence in design, quality in construction and value to taxpayers.

Engineers at the National Center for Asphalt Technology (NCAT) at Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama, evaluated the nominations and validated the results for the Perpetual Pavement Award winners.

WSDOT built the first section of the road (MP 3.61 to MP 5.69) in 1970 with a 4.8-inch gravel base followed by 2.4 inches of crushed stone and 9 inches of hot mix asphalt (HMA). The road was crack-sealed in 1989 before being overlaid with a 0.72-inch HMA binder course and a final 1.8-inch HMA surface course. In 1998, crews filled ruts in the pavement with a leveling course before placing a 1.8-inch Superpave asphalt overlay. The only other work done on this section has been preventive maintenance.

The second section of SR 512, from MP 5.69 to MP 8.62, was built in 1972. WSDOT originally constructed a 14.4-inch pavement, consisting of a 3.6-inch gravel base followed by 3.6 inches of crushed stone and a 7.2-inch asphalt pavement mix surface. WSDOT placed a 1.8-inch HMA overlay in 1994, and in 2013 milled 1.8 inches from the outside truck lanes before laying a course of Superpave asphalt pavement mixture. Since that time, there has been only minor preventive maintenance.

“We are very pleased to receive this national recognition of the high-quality work completed on SR 512,” said John Wynands WSDOT region administrator. “This project is just one example of pavement maintenance and preservation work occurring statewide as we focus on keeping our assets in a state of good repair. WSDOT has a long history of focusing on solid design and construction principles to extend the useful life of our pavements, and the increasing demand on our resources makes those smart decisions even more important.”

As a winner of a 2016 Perpetual Award, WSDOT will receive an engraved crystal obelisk, and its name and project will be added to a plaque on permanent display at the NCAT Research Center at Auburn University.

“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 advantages of these Perpetual Pavements are significant. Life-cycle costs are lower because deep pavement repairs and reconstruction are avoided. User delays are reduced because minor surface rehabilitation requires shorter work windows and can avoid peak traffic hours. And there are environment benefits because minimal rehabilitation, combined with recycling any materials that are removed from the pavement surface, reduces the amount of material resources required over the pavement’s life.”


The Asphalt Pavement Alliance (www.driveasphalt.org) is a partnership of the Asphalt Institute (AI), National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) and the State Asphalt Pavement Associations. The Asphalt Pavement Alliance’s mission is to establish asphalt as the preferred choice for quality, performance and the environment.

The Asphalt Institute (www.asphaltinstitute.org) is the international trade association of petroleum asphalt producers, manufacturers and affiliated businesses. AI promotes the use, benefits and quality performance of petroleum asphalt, through engineering, research, marketing and educational activities.

The National Asphalt Pavement Association (www.asphaltpavement.org) represents the interests of U.S. asphalt producers/contractors before Congress, federal agencies, and other national trade and business organizations. NAPA supports an active research program designed to improve the quality of asphalt pavements and paving techniques used in the construction of roads, streets, highways, parking lots, airports, and environmental and recreational facilities.

The State Asphalt Pavement Associations (www.asphaltpavement.org/sapas) represent the interests of asphalt pavement producers and paving companies at the state and local level across the United States.

For more information, contact:
Asphalt Pavement Alliance
Amy Miller, P.E., 904-591-3333, amiller@asphaltroads.org

Washington State Department of Transportation
Claudia Bingham Baker, 360-357-2789, Bakerc@wsdot.wa.gov

Awards Overview

Awards Overview

Each year WAPA, WSDOT, the American Public Works Association (APWA-WA) and the Washington Association of County Engineers (WACE) award those paving projects judged to be the most outstanding in the State.  The awards are presented at WAPA’s Annual Meeting in November of each year.

This year’s award winners can be found at this link:  2017 WAPA Paving Award Winners

How To Apply

How To Apply

Each year WAPA, the Washington State Dept. of Transportation (WSDOT), the American Public Works Association (APWA-WA) and the Washington State Association of County Engineers (WSACE) present awards at the Annual WAPA Awards Banquet to those hot mix asphalt paving projects judged to be the most outstanding in the State. The awards are presented at WAPA’s Annual Meeting in November of each year.

These awards are generally nominated by the WAPA members and/or WSDOT, APWA-WA and WSACE, but project owners and project consultants/ management firms are also encouraged to apply, in cooperation with the project’s paving contractor.

To apply download the WAPA Award Nomination Forms and follow the instructions included on the form.  Project pictures showing the paving are also welcome to accompany the nominations.

The award winning project for 2016 (paved in 2015) are listed here: 2016 WAPA Paving Awards


Diamond Awards

Diamond Awards

The Diamond Commendations encourage and recognize excellence. Continuous improvement in all aspects of operations is the goal. Taken together, the three commendations below provide a blueprint for excellence in all aspects of the industry’s operations, both at the plant and on the paving site.

2016 WAPA Paving Awards (Projects Paved in 2015)

2016 WAPA Awards Presentation (PowerPoint):

The complete list of 2016 WAPA Paving Award Winners is included here: 2016 WAPA Paving Awards