The Georgia Concrete Paving Association is pleased to announce that the Georgia DOT has won a Gold Award in the Divided Highways – Rural category for the widening and reconstruction of I-95 in Glynn & McIntosh Counties, GA. This award was presented at the 22nd Annual American Concrete Pavement Association (ACPA) Annual Meeting in Indian Wells, California recently. The construction team for the I-95 project was the Georgia DOT and APAC-Tennessee, Inc., Ballenger Paving Division (the prime concrete paving contractor).

This project involved reconstructing the existing roadway, which was comprised of two 12-ft lanes of 9 in. continuously reinforced concrete pavement (CRCP), a 4-ft inside asphalt shoulder, and a 12-ft outside asphalt shoulder. The new typical section comprises a 12 ft shoulder, three 12-ft lanes, and one 13-ft lane of 12-in, CRCP, as well as an 11-ft asphalt shoulder. The project scope also included reconstruction of eight ramps for two interchanges, as well as two ramps at a welcome center. A value engineering proposal provided by APAC-Ballenger saved GDOT $3.7 million. Other highlights included changing the proposed asphalt shoulder to concrete; elimination of a traffic stage; and use of a conveyor to transport concrete over Interstate traffic. Also, a two-track paver was converted to a three-leg paver and existing concrete pavement and reinforcing steel were recycled for other projects. The ACPA awards program recognizes contractors, engineers, and project owners who completed outstanding projects in 2010. Winning an Award for Excellence in Concrete Pavement provides the contractors, engineers, and owners with a level of prestige that can assist them in the development of future projects.