Top 2019 paving projects celebrated

The cancellation of in-person events and activities due to COVID could not stop VAA and VDOT from celebrating the best asphalt paving projects completed in 2019. Through the power and flexibility of Zoom, VAA and VDOT staff presented the paving awards to seven deserving recipients. VDOT State Materials Engineer Andy Babish was proud to announce the VDOT Construction and Maintenance Paving Award Winners. For the Construction Category, Chemung Contracting won for their work on US 29 Northbound at the Vint Hill Interchange. This was a high-profile project to address safety and accident concerns by removing several hills that limited sight distance. Upon the announcement of the winner, Culpeper District Engineer John Lynch congratulated Chemung on their award. In the Maintenance Category, Virginia Paving Company won for this mill and replacement project on I-95 in Fairfax County. Performed under heavy traffic conditions, VPC milled the existing surface and replaced it with SM-9.0E(HP) and SMA-9.5E. NOVA District Engineer Helen Cuervo and District Construction Engineer Bill Cuttler noted their appreciation for the great work performed by Virginia Paving Company.

Next up was VAA’s Mike Dudley presenting the finalist and winner for each of VAA’s Virginia Best categories. In the Airport Paving Category, Branscome, Inc. of Richmond won for their work at Richmond International Airport. Branscome was responsible for constructing a new apron and ramp area for Cargo Area A. For the job done on Interstate 64 Segment 2, Allan Myers won the VAA Green Paving Award. Being the most extensive recycling project in Virginia and potentially the U.S., Allan Myers used recycled concrete in their FDR layer, 85%+ RAP percentage in the Cold Central Plat Recycled Material base layer, and varying RAP percentages in the intermediate and surface mixes. Have you driven I-66 in Gainesville and noticed the huge park and ride lot? If so, you saw the Commercial Category winner constructed and paved by Chemung Contracting as part of the I-66 Outside the Beltway widening project. This park and ride can accommodate over 1,600 vehicles. Many of the roads in Prince William County have not been able to keep up with higher traffic levels, so the county widened SR 28 south of Manassas to address this problem. As a subcontractor, Branscome Paving paved the new northbound and southbound lanes of this major arterial in the county. For their exceptional work, Branscome Paving won the Roadway Paving Category. Finally, Scotts Run South, completed by Superior Paving Corp., won the Municipal Category. With a new metro station for the Silver Line and metro bus lines, the roads in Scotts Run South had to be reconstructed and the associated utilities relocated.

Congratulations to all of the winners on their 2019 projects.