Using local materials helped to reduce the environmental impact of road construction
Madison – The Wisconsin Asphalt Pavement Association (WAPA) announced today that the Green Lake County Highway Department received the 2023 Local Asphalt Award for advancing innovation in asphalt pavements. The County was recognized at a ceremony on November 28 during WAPA’s 64th Annual Conference in Wisconsin Dells.
Green Lake County was dealing with a deteriorated roadway on CTH J from STH 49 to the Princeton city limits. The project consisted of improvements to drainage and safety in the intersection, as well as adding a gravel lift and pulverizing and paving four inches of new pavement.
The county’s highway department was innovative in using location to their advantage. The department sourced aggregates from a site less than one mile from the project’s eastern limits, saving significant fuel costs and reducing greenhouse emissions. Using existing low-volume traffic levels helped to stretch the project’s budget even further.
“Green Lake County’s innovative efforts reduced the environmental impact of the project and maximized the area’s available resources,” said Deb Schwerman, WAPA Executive Director. “Thanks to this work, road users also enjoyed fewer delays and experienced greater satisfaction throughout construction.”
Highway Commissioner Derek Mashuda and Superintendent Aaron Wagner accepted the award on behalf of Green Lake County.
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“Asphalt. Wisconsin rides on us.” Established in 1948, WAPA is a statewide, non-profit organization representing the interests of the asphalt industry on a wide range of issues related to pavement design, construction, maintenance, specifications, costs, marketing, and policy at the local, state, and federal levels. WAPA’s mission is to promote quality asphalt pavements that are safe, sustainable, durable, and cost-effective.