FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: November 29, 2016
Contact: Brandon Strand (608) 609-8024
Platteville Earns Asphalt Innovation Award
Department of Public Works recognized for Thin Overlay Program
Madison – The Wisconsin Asphalt Pavement Association (WAPA) announced today that the City of Platteville were recipients of the 2016 Local Government Asphalt Award for advancing innovation in asphalt pavements. The Department of Public Works (DPW) was recognized today (November 29) at a ceremony during the association’s 57th Annual Conference in Madison, WI.
Since 2002, the City of Platteville has used thin asphalt overlays to extend the life and improve the ride of city streets. Interest in thin overlays is growing because of their ability to improve ride quality, reduce pavement distresses, maintain surface geometrics, reduce noise levels, reduce life-cycle road costs, and provide long-lasting service.
Thin asphalt overlays are a pavement preservation tool designed for use when surface cracking occurs while the pavement is still in structurally sound condition. “Thin asphalt overlays are a proven method for extending the life of pavement structures that are still in serviceable shape,” said Brandon Strand, Executive Director for WAPA.
It’s estimated that thin overlays extend the life of road by up to 10 years, as opposed to costly reconstructions. “We commend Platteville for deciding when to choose thin asphalt overlays, selecting materials, designing the mixes, ensuring construction and quality control, and what type of performance benefits to expect,” concluded Strand.
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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. WAPA members serve the Wisconsin DOT, counties, municipalities, towns, commercial, and private customers. WAPA’s mission is to keep asphalt the number one choice for pavements by building quality roads in a safe, environmentally friendly, and cost-effective manner that is in the best interest of the customer and the state.