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An Orangeburg County road asphalt pavement project has received a statewide award for "exemplary quality."

Lane Construction Corp. and South Carolina Department of Transportation District 7 have received a South Carolina Asphalt Pavement Association Quality Pavement Award for work on Binnicker Bridge Road (S.C. Highway 70).

The Orangeburg County project was one of three to be recognized Jan. 30 at the annual winter conference of the SCAPA held at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center.

This project was part of the 2017 Orangeburg Safety Improvement Project on Binnicker Bridge Road from Highway U.S. 301 to the Bamberg County line.

The project entailed safety work, limb trimming, paving and guardrail installation. The final product yielded a safer, smoother route for motorists.

The SCAPA Quality Pavement Awards program was designed to recognize contractors and owners who go above and beyond in their dedication to excellence in asphalt paving.

The program seeks to promote high-quality asphalt pavement projects completed across the state.

Projects are evaluated by lab and field quality data, as well as overall appearance, smoothness of ride, texture and construction.

The projects are judged based on a scale of 70 percent technical and 30 percent aesthetics/overall appearance of the finished project.

Depending on the total number of projects submitted, the judges will pick the top five with the best technical score and then conduct a visual evaluation of those projects during the month of January.

Of the five projects selected for a visual evaluation, the judges will then select three projects for awards.

The other two projects to receive the quality award are Banks Construction Co. and Berkeley County for work on Autonomous Drive and Rogers Group Inc. and SCDOT District 3 for work completed on U.S. Highway 29 in Spartanburg County.

The SCAPA also presented awards for green construction, innovative pavement and project delivery.

The Green Construction Award, given to projects using sustainable materials and practices, was presented to Sloan Construction and SCDOT District 3 for using over 77,000 tons of recycled asphalt pavement and over 200,000 tons of warm mix asphalt.

Sloan Construction and SCDOT District 3 also received an Innovative Pavement Award for this project for South Carolina's first use of Intermediate B Special, a rapid road rehabilitation method.

An additional Innovative Project Award was presented to Palmetto Corp. and Florence County for its use of Surface Type C mix as an underlying support layer for a cushioned, rubberized playing surface on the Miracle League Baseball Field.

The Project Delivery Award was presented to Charleston County Transportation Sales Tax Department and Banks Construction Co. for timeliness and efficiency in the completion of East Montague Avenue in Charleston County.

SCAPA is a non-profit trade association dedicated to the promotion of asphalt pavement. Its membership is comprised of asphalt producers and companies affiliated with the asphalt industry in South Carolina.

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Staff Writer

Gene Zaleski is a reporter/staff writer with The Times and Democrat.

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