ACAF Pavement Awards
The Association recognizes the best asphalt pavements constructed in Florida each year. Awards are given for the best project in each of the following categories for each FDOT District. The A.P. Bolton, Urban, and Rural Road Builder District winners are further evaluated to determine a statewide winner.
The Association recognizes the best asphalt pavements constructed in Florida each year. Awards are provided for some of the best projects in each of the following categories for each FDOT District. The A.P. Bolton, Urban, and Rural Road Builder District winners are also further evaluated to determine a statewide winner. Awards are presented at the Annual ACAF Convention.
The A.P. Bolton award, named in honor of one of our charter members whose reputation for quality work was his hallmark, is the Association’s highest award. This award is for the best overall asphalt pavement in the state. New construction, reconstruction, or major overlay on Interstate or multi-lane primary highway with 30,000 tons minimum.
URBAN ROAD BUILDER:
The Urban Road Builder is categorized as a State primary highway or county highway that has 51.0% or more of the project within curb and gutter sections. The minimum tonnage requirement to submit is 10,000.
RURAL ROAD BUILDER:
The Rural Road Builder is categorized as a State primary highway or rural county highway that has 51.0% or more of the project within paved shoulder sections. The minimum tonnage requirement to submit is 10,000.
ROADS AND STREETS:
These awards are given for two categories
FDOT: New construction, reconstruction, or overlay with 5,000 ton minimum.
Non-FDOT: New construction, reconstruction, or overlay with 5,000 ton minimum.
Any project of a special or unique nature requiring specialized equipment, techniques, materials, time restrictions, or operating conditions. These projects would not be eligible for any of the other ACAF Awards as listed above. Projects may include, but are not limited to: Port Terminal Paving, Heavy Duty Applications, Airfield Paving, Race Tracks, Landfill Liners, Reservoir Liners, and other special projects will be considered. There is no minimum tonnage requirement.
Asphalt pavement provides a smoother surface than any other road construction material. A smooth surface reduces damage to the pavement by dynamic loadings, necessitating fewer repairs. It improves fuel efficiency and reduces wear and tear on vehicles, making the choice for asphalt a great economical decision. Finally, paving roads and highways with asphalt significantly reduces the noise generated by the tire/pavement interface providing for a quieter ride experience for the motorist.
FDOT recognizes these projects with the lowest average IRI for the entire project. These awards are presented annually at the Annual Asphalt Expo.
The Perpetual Pavement Award
A perpetual pavement is defined as an asphalt pavement designed and built to last longer than 50 years without requiring major structural rehabilitation or reconstruction, and needing only periodic surface renewal in response to distresses confined to the top of the pavement (Asphalt Pavement Alliance, 2002).As a part of the criteria for this award, pavement rehabilitation must not result in structural improvement over a period of at least 35 years.
The advantages of such pavements include:
1. Low life-cycle cost by avoiding deep pavement repairs or reconstruction,
2. Low user-delay costs since minor surface rehabilitation of asphalt pavements only requires short work windows that can avoid peak traffic hours, and
3. Low environmental impact by reducing the amount of material resources over the pavement’s life and recycling any materials removed from the pavement surface.
The Perpetual Pavement Award is provided to the state DOTs that have had pavements reach a perpetual life as defined by the Asphalt Pavement Alliance (APA) and measured by the National Center for Asphalt Technology. Each year, these are awarded by the APA to the state agencies or owners of the pavements that have had the foresight to build a pavement to last at least 35 years without structural damage.