Each year, during the Fall Asphalt Conference, the Virginia Asphalt Association and the Virginia Department of Transportation present the best paving awards. Awards are presented for projects that were paved in the previous year. VDOT sponsors two paving awards: Best Maintenance and Best Construction. The VAA sponsors four awards – Virginia’s Best Commercial, Virginia’s Best Municipal, Virgina’s Best Non-Traditional and Virginia’s Best Green Projects.
The VDOT paving awards are nominated by the VDOT District personnel. One maintenance and one construction project, per district, can be nominated for statewide consideration. Once the nominations are finalized, a team of VDOT and VAA representatives visit each project. While at the project site, they evaluate the appearance and ride quality of the final riding surface. From the individual evaluations, the results are tallied and a final decision is made.
In contrast, The VAA – Virginia’s Best categories are selected based on the information provided by the contractor or municipality submitting the nomination and a site visit by the VAA representative.
The prestige associated with winning either the VDOT or VAA awards pays big dividends from a marketing standpoint. Winners are featured on the VAA web site home page, in the VAA membership directory and in the Association newsletter. Some VDOT Districts send out local press releases about the winning projects as well. So don’t hesitate, if you have a great project, nominate! To complete the nomination information for the Virginia’s Best categories, just click on the submission link to the right.