In the ninth annual National Awards Program for Excellence in Concrete Pavement sponsored by the American Concrete Pavement Association and Concrete Construction, an increasing number of award entries earned early-completion bonuses along with quality incentives related to pavement smoothness and thickness. The 1998 awards recognize contractors, engineers and owners who completed outstanding projects in 1997. This year's program attracted more than 80 nominations nationwide in nine different award categories.

As in past programs, a panel of industry representatives judged each project on the basis of overall pavement smoothness, quality-control measures, project complexity and innovative construction solutions. All of the entries performed strongly in one or more of these areas, but the 18 described here are the best of the best.