For almost 4 decades, the American Concrete Pavement Association's Excellence in Concrete Pavements awards have been presented to agencies, contractors, and engineers whose work represents the best highways, streets, roads, and airports in the United States. The competition for these highly coveted awards is steep, the judging criteria rigorous, and the awards ceremony is arguably the most spectacular show in the industry.

Sponsored jointly by the American Concrete Pavement Association and Concrete Construction magazine, this year's jury selected winning projects from almost 100 entries. Projects were judged for overall quality, as measured in terms of smoothness, quietness, and innovation. The requirements for durability and longevity to provide owners with the greatest return on investment increase the challenge.

ACPA's awards program mirrors the industry's trends, with new categories like traffic management and concrete pavement rehabilitation.

Says ACPA's president and CEO, Val Riva, "The ACPA excellence awards are as much about people as projects. In our view, these awards recognize a commitment and determination to produce the world's greatest, safest, and most efficient pavements."