The award is given to owners of asphalt pavements that are at least 35 years old and have never had a structural failure. The road must demonstrate the qualities expected from long-life asphalt pavements: excellence in design, quality in construction, and value to the traveling public.
The 2007 winners, as determined by the National Center for Asphalt Technology (NCAT) and validated by a panel of industry experts, are:
• The Connecticut Department of Transportation for a 2.75-mile stretch of Route 82 in Haddam
• The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet for a 4-mile section of US 60 in Boyd County
• The Michigan Department of Transportation for a 5.2-mile section of M-24 that runs from the north village limits of Mayville to M-46
• The Minnesota Department of Transportation for a 6-mile section of Trunk Highway 71 in Kandiyohi County
• The Mississippi Department of Transportation for 10.8 miles of US 78 in Desoto County
• The Missouri Department of Transportation for a 12.5-mile section of US Route 54 in Camden County
• The Montana Department of Transportation for a 6-mile section of Interstate 15 through the eastern portion of the city of Helena
• The Ohio Department of Transportation for a 4.7-mile section of US 30 in Stark County
• The South Carolina Department of Transportation for a section of Interstate 20 in Kershaw County between US Route 601 and US Route 521
• The Tennessee Department of Transportation for a 5-mile section of Tennessee State Route 11 in Marshall County
• The Wisconsin Department of Transportation for the southbound lanes of U.S. Highway 41 from Suamico to Abrams.
US Congressman Bart Gordon (D-TN), Chairman of the House Science and Technology Committee, was a guest speaker at the awards ceremony. Congressman Gordon along with APA Co-Chairman Mike O’Leary and NAPA president Mike Acott presented each Perpetual Pavement winner with an engraved crystal obelisk. Each winner also received a plaque and had its name and project information added to a plaque that is on permanent display at NCAT.
The Asphalt Pavement Alliance is a coalition of the National Asphalt Pavement Association, the Asphalt Institute, and the State Asphalt Pavement Associations. The Asphalt Pavement 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.