Highway officials receive honor for SEA roadwork


The Asphalt Pavement Alliance has awarded the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department a 2013 Perpetual Pavement Award for a 2.3-mile section of U.S. 425 in Lincoln County. It’s the fourth time that AHTD has won the award.

To qualify for the honor, a pavement must be at least 35 years old and never had a structural failure. The average interval between resurfacing of each winning pavement must be no less than 12 years. The pavement must demonstrate the characteristics expected from long-life asphalt pavements: excellence in design, quality in construction and value to the traveling public.

“The Asphalt Pavement Alliance Perpetual Pavement Award is presented to state highway agencies that have designed, constructed and maintained pavements capable of lasting much longer than pavements built using typical pavement design methods,” said Luke Stovall, civil engineer with AHTD. “The original pavement structure of this section of U.S. 425 was robust enough to withstand traffic loading above and beyond its original design purpose and then required minimal surface treatments to prolong its life. The pavement is still performing very well.”