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Mississippi DOT Earns Seventh Perpetual Pavement Award

YAZOO CITY, MS — The Asphalt Pavement Alliance (APA) announces the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) has earned its seventh Perpetual Pavement Award: By Performance (PPA) for a 10-mile stretch of State Route 16 from U.S. 49 to State Route 433 in Yazoo County.

“What an honor it is to receive the Perpetual Pavement Award for SR 16 in Yazoo County. This recognition is a testament to the dedication and expertise of our team at MDOT,” said Commissioner Willie Simmons, Central Transportation District. “We are committed to delivering high-quality, long-lasting infrastructure that ensures the safety and efficiency of our transportation network. This stretch of SR 16 exemplifies our commitment to excellence and will serve as a model for future safe routes throughout our state.”

The award-winning section of SR 16 was opened to traffic over 40 years ago. This section of SR 16 in Yazoo City currently sees an average of 4,500 vehicles per day.

To qualify for this award, a pavement must be at least 35 years old and have never experienced a structural failure. The average interval between the resurfacing of the winning pavement must be no less than 13 years. The pavement must demonstrate the characteristics expected from long-life asphalt pavements: excellence in design, quality in construction, and value for the traveling public.

“One key indicator of quality in construction is a smooth, long-life pavement,” said Amy Miller, P.E., National Director of the APA. “Perpetual pavements use fewer natural resources and offer road owners and users what they want most — an economical, smooth pavement that serves the community for decades.”

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