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ACPA Announces Excellence Award Recipients

The American Concrete Pavement Association (ACPA) has named recipients of its 30th Annual “Excellence in Concrete Pavements” awards, which recognize quality concrete pavements constructed in the United States and Canada.  The awards program encourages high-quality workmanship, quality and creativity in constructing,   rehabilitating and restoring concrete pavement projects.  

The award-winning projects were paved by 23 different contractors.  Projects are located in 15 ACPA areas represented by ACPA-affiliated Chapters and State paving associations.  Winners were determined by 41 professionals who devoted their time and expertise to serve as judges.   

The program recognizes contractors, engineers, and project owners who completed outstanding projects.   Please click on links below for more information and photo of the award recipients.  To see all the award photos (recipients and projects, please click here).

The 2019 award recipients are:

Silver Commercial Service & Military Airports The Lane Construction Corporation
Gold Commercial Service & Military Airports Ideker, Inc.
Silver Concrete Pavement Restoration (CPR) Interstate Highway Construction, Inc.
Gold Concrete Pavement Restoration (CPR) Duit Construction Co., Inc.
Silver County Roads Cedar Valley Corp., LLC
Gold County Roads Interstate Highway Construction, Inc.
Silver Divided Highways (Rural) Golden Triangle Construction Company
Gold Divided Highways (Rural) Cedar Valley Corp., LLC
Silver Divided Highways (Urban) Koss Construction Company
Gold Divided Highways (Urban) Archer Western Construction, LLC
Gold Industrial Paving McCarthy Improvement Company
Silver Municipal Streets & Intersections (<30k SY) Complete Concrete, Inc.
Gold Municipal Streets & Intersections (<30k SY) Ptaschinski Construction Company
Silver Municipal Streets & Intersections (>30k SY) Prus Construction
Gold Municipal Streets & Intersections (>30k SY) Castle Rock Construction Company
Gold Overlays (Airports) Hi-Way Paving, Inc.
Silver Overlays (Highways) Croell Inc.
Gold Overlays (Highways) E&B Paving, Inc.
Gold Overlays (Streets and Roads) Milestone Contractors
Silver RCC (Industrial) AG Peltz Group, LLC
Gold RCC (Industrial) Morgan Corp.
Silver RCC (Special Application) Andale Construction, Inc.
Gold RCC (Special Application) FBD Vanguard Construction, Inc.
Silver Reliever & General Aviation Airports E&B Paving, Inc.
Gold Reliever & General Aviation Airports Cedar Valley Corp., LLC
Silver State Roads Primco, Inc.
Gold State Roads Emery Sapp & Sons


Kansas Seminar Covers Concrete Essentials

The 21st Annual Concrete Pavement Parking Lot & Flatwork Seminar held earlier this month covered some important and timely technical and business issues. Co-sponsored by the Missouri/Kansas Chapter and The Concrete Promotional Group of Kansas City, the seminar included two project overviews, a concrete paving “crash course,” ADA compliance considerations, and several technical presentations.

Moderated by Doug Burns of Ash Grove Cement, the event included technical presentations on concrete pavement jointing by Todd LaTorella of the Missouri/Chapter, as well as PavementDesigner.org design runs by Eric Ferrebee of ACPA National.

Ferrebee’s presentation is one of the latest in ACPA’s ongoing efforts to provide hands-on training and instruction. To date, he has provided this training to more than 2,000 industry and agency personnel.



Webinar is Latest Outreach on PavementDesigner

Following the official external launch of PavementDesigner.org on January 8, the sponsoring associations* are continuing the outreach, education and promotional efforts with a webinar to present the broad-based pavement design community with an overview of free web-based concrete pavement design resource.  ACPA’s Eric Ferrebee will lead the webinar with support from NRMCA and PCA.  
The webinar is scheduled for Wednesday, February 28 at 1 p.m. (Eastern) \ Noon (Central.  There is no cost for this 90-min.webinar, but registration is required at:  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/9041644043927173634 .   Please note this registration limited to 500 groups and individuals.   Registration is offered on a first-come/first-served basis.

About the Webinar
This 90-minute webinar describes PavementDesigner.org, a free, web-based pavement thickness design platform, which was created for city, county, and consultant engineers, academia, or anyone involved in design of roadway, industrial, and parking area pavements.

Learning objectives are to:
• Create or enhance a basic understanding of the history of concrete pavement design
• Inform of the evolution and development of PavementDesigner.org
• Demonstrate the three-step approach to PavementDesigner.org
• Demonstrate features and benefits
• Present and discuss sample pavement designs for various applications/facilities
• Provide recap and question/answer opportunities

Questions about the webinar?   Contact Bill Davenport (847.423.8703 or bdavenport@acpa.org).


* Primary sponsors are the American Concrete Pavement Association (ACPA), the Ready Mixed Concrete (RMC) Research & Education Foundation, and the the Portland Cement Association (PCA).  Additional funding and support came from the RCC Pavement Council.   The RMC Research and Education Foundation is affiliated with the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association.   

PavementDesigner.Org Goes Live

PavementDesigner.org was officially launched earlier this month. ACPA Chairman Chuck Niederriter and ACPA President and CEO Jerry Voigt announced the official launch during ACPA’s annual reception at TRB on January 8. A formal media blitz was also launched on January 8, and press releases and social media postings followed throughout the week.

The TRB launch and media work represented just a few of the publicity, outreach, and educational initiatives planned for the year.

PavementDesigner.org is the the result of collaborative effort [1] for city, county, and consultant engineers, academia, or anyone involved in design of roadway, industrial, and parking area pavements. 

Click here to see/download a press release, which also includes links to downloadable “screen grabs.”

[1] Primary sponsors are the American Concrete Pavement Association (ACPA), the Ready Mixed Concrete (RMC) Research & Education Foundation, and the the Portland Cement Association (PCA). Additional funding and support came from the RCC Pavement Council. The RMC Research and Education Foundation is affiliated with the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association.

2017 Overlays, Streets and Roads Awards

(Silver Award)  Merriam Lane Reconstruction & Improvements, Wyandotte, Kan.

Contractor:  Miles Excavating, Inc.           

Owner: Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City          

Engineer:  Burns & McDonnell                   


Revitalization, beautification, practicality, and quality capture the essence of this Merriam Lane project, which extended from (24th to 10th Street), in Wyandotte, Kan. The existing roadway was at the end of its service life, and it was difficult to discern how business access was planned or managed along the route.  

The design engineers, Burns & McDonnell*, outlined key goals for the project, including constructing raised curbs and medians, bicycle lanes, ADA-compliant sidewalks and ramps, defined parking stalls, business access points, and new concrete overlay. 

The contractor, Miles Excavating, Inc.*, placed 40,705 SY of concrete overlay on the 2.73 total lane mile project.  Businesses in the area required constant access, so a combination of blockouts and short hand paves were used to help address the access issues.

The original road was constructed with concrete and is said to be one of the first concrete roads built in Kansas. Over time, numerous hot mix asphalt overlays were placed over the original roadway. As a testament to the durability of the original concrete pavement, the asphalt overlays were milled off to reveal original concrete pavement, which was then used as the new pavement base.

Project challenges included utility delays, positive drainage issues, and business access throughout construction, but all were resolved by the hard work and extra efforts of the project team, which included the contractor, the owner, the engineer, and the Kansas DOT.   

Thanks to this team effort, the rehabilitated portion of Merriam Lane is expected to provide the traveling public with an aesthetically pleasing, practical commute for years to come.


(Gold Award)  Allamakee-B-38-Postville, Allamakee County, Iowa

Contractor:  Cedar Valley Corp., LLC        

Owner/Engineer:  Allamakee County      


Obtaining pavement smoothness on county overlay paving projects is always challenging  because the county road system in Iowa was never required to meet the same design standards applied to primary highway and Interstate projects.

The 5.46 mile project in Allamakee County contained 17 horizontal curves and 23 vertical curves that closely followed a meandering, existing profile. Seven of the vertical curves exceeded 3 percent, and one approached 6 percent.   

The county did not apply the Iowa DOT smoothness specification to this project, but CVC still ran a profilometer, results of which revealed an average smoothness of 2.39 inches per mile along the entire project length.

Cedar Valley faced several obstacles during construction. Allamakee County was deluged with 7.5 in. of rain in June alone, but then, the weather took a turn for the worse.  Some 26.71 in. of rain fell between July and September, more than twice the average 12.53 in. of rainfall.  The area was declared a state and federal disaster area.

The second major obstacle was providing access to the many local property owners. The traffic control plan for the job specified all adjacent property owners would be able to traverse through the project at all times. The most difficult traffic challenge was to keep the various property owners informed as to when their driveways would be impacted, as the roadway CVC was paving was the only access route for property owners in this hilly terrain.

A third challenge CVC crews faced was dealing with wide farm equipment and numerous grain trucks as the fall harvest was well underway during the construction of this project.

Before construction began, a public meeting was held at the county office to explain the construction process and discuss access. Area residents were invited to the meeting. CVC personnel detailed the entire construction process, and explained how maturity testing would be used to determine the shortest time to open to traffic.  As the job progressed, residents received updated paving schedules from CVC’s project manager.  At the end of every paving day, CVC reestablished access where strength had been reached.  Crews removed stringline to allow driveway access.   

The property owners were very appreciative that maturity testing enabled their access to be restored as quickly as possible. Cedar Valley’s excellent communication with property owners allowed the contractor to complete the project while maintaining access to the highest degree possible.

Despite the wet weather, the large number of curves and other challenges, CVC completed a high quality pavement that is serving the county, along with property owners, farmers, and other travelers well.  Also, in spite of traffic and other project complexities, CVC recorded almost 7,000 man hours with zero recordable accidents or injuries.


* ACPA Member.


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