Award Nomination Forms
Although the Perpetual Pavement concept was first articulated in 2000, many asphalt pavements that were constructed long ago function as Perpetual Pavements.
For example, many full-depth and deep-strength pavements were built around the country in the 1960s and 1970s.
The Asphalt Pavement Alliance instituted the Perpetual Pavement Award program in 2001 to recognize State Agencies and other owners of pavements that had the foresight to build pavements according to these principles. To qualify for the award, the pavement must be at least 35 years old and must have never had a structural failure.
The first winner of a Perpetual Pavement Award was the New Jersey Turnpike, which was 50 years old at that time. Between 2001 and 2019, a total of 144 pavements qualified for the award. Winners include interstate highways, rural roads, and airport runways. The easternmost winner is in Connecticut, and the westernmost is on one of the Aleutian Islands in Alaska.
- Pavement must be a minimum of 35 years old.
- Pavement must have hot-mix or warm-mix asphalt binder and surface layers.
- No rehabilitation or series of rehabilitations over the preceding 35 years have increased the total pavement thickness by more than four (4) inches. Thus, the overall structural gain during the 35 years of a pavement’s life preceding the nomination cannot exceed four (4) inches.
- Resurfacing intervals of no less than 13 years on the average.
- Minimum project length is two (2) miles for all roadway types except municipal. For municipal roadways the minimum project length is four (4) continuous blocks or 1,200 feet.
In the case of “staged construction,” the 35-plus year time frame against which the award criterion is evaluated begins when all staged construction is completed.
Municipal roadways must have acceptable crown and surface texture. A representative of the state asphalt pavement association or other industry representative and the contracting authority will be responsible for conducting a field evaluation to determine if the project meets an acceptable crown and surface texture prior to submitting the application.