Repair, overlay, replace, and reconstruct: These have become the operative terms for today's paving contractor. Not only are fewer concrete pavements being built on new alignments, the traveling public is demanding fewer construction-related delays. This makes meeting schedules and managing traffic during construction of even greater importance.

To reflect the increasing challenges of building concrete pavements, the 1999 National Awards Program for Excellence in Concrete Pavements has added award categories for overlays, traffic management, and intersections. Sponsored by the American Concrete Pavement Association and Concrete Construction, the awards recognize contractors, engineers, and owners who completed outstanding projects in 1998. This year's program attracted more than 100 nominations nationwide in 12 different award categories.