Colorado Public Works Journal, Spring 2021

Thomas Peterson, P.E 2 | THE ROAD AHEAD Welcome to THE Road Ahead—Spring 2021 Celebrating Quality Achievement Welcome to the CAPA Spring 2021 issue of our news- magazine The ROAD AHEAD. A key focus of this issue is to showcase the quality achievements of the asphalt industry and highlight the winners of the CAPA “Best in Colorado” Asphalt Awards, the CDOT Quality in Asphalt Production Awards, and the CDOT Smoothest Asphalt Pavement Awards. 2020 was once again a stellar year for quality achievement in our industry as evidenced by a near record 58 nominations for statewide award. New this year is our recognition of those projects in the 300 Club. This new 300 Club commendation recognizes those projects that score over the 300 mark. A very high achievement and similar to hitting over .300 in baseball or rushing for over 1,000 yards in football. We had a great team of judges who traveled the state, visited every project and rated the quality of work. We thank each of them and they are listed on page 22. Although we did not have a celebration dinner and program to recognize the win- ners due to the Covid-19 health restrictions, CAPA developed a video for each of the winners and posted them on our website ( awards-program). The “Best in Colorado” Asphalt Awards Program is a partnership with the Colorado DOT. CDOT Chief Engineer Steve Harelson provided a video recording of his comments to the winners and stated, “We have learned that quality achievement and award-winning projects is the result of a partnership between the contractor, CDOT and the consultant representatives. So these awards recognize each of you who are part of the quality achievement team. Congratulations to all the winners and keep up the great work.” As the 2021 construction season gets underway, I encourage each of our member companies and our owner/agency partners to build on the successes of the past and make this year even better than 2020. One of the most rewarding activities of CAPA is celebrating quality achievement through our awards program and it is a key goal in our mission to advance the use and quality of asphalt pavement in Colorado. I look forward to an in person celebration of the winners in 2021 hope to see you on the stage as a winner of a 2021 “Best in Colorado” Asphalt Award! Have a great construction season and let me know how CAPA can be of assistance in making your next project an award winner! Thomas Peterson, P.E. Executive Director Colorado Asphalt Pavement Association TRA- Cover Image: E-470 Public Highway Authority paving by Martin Marietta, Summer 2020