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Nov. 8, 2017

MnDOT District 1 wins Asphalt Paving Award for project on I-35 in Pine County

DULUTH, Minn. — The Minnesota Department of Transportation, District 1, will receive a Merit Award at the 2017 Annual Asphalt Pavement Association awards banquet, for a resurfacing and rehabilitation project on I-35 in Pine County. The recently completed project included the resurfacing of nine miles of northbound and southbound I-35, drainage improvements, new lighting and guardrail.

The project was judged best in the “Trunk Highway Reconstruction” category.
“This is a very special recognition,” said Aaron Gunderson, MnDOT District 1 resident engineer. “The project won in a competitive category that considers value and quality, driven by innovation and sound engineering.”

The echelon paving method was used on the project. An echelon paving operation uses two pavers that operate side-by-side, paving the entire width of the road at once. This is the first echelon paving project in MnDOT District 1. Echelon paving results in a higher quality pavement with a longer service life and less cracking.

A process called “full depth reclamation” was also used on the project. This process involves recycling the old pavement and using it as the base aggregate for the new pavement.

The project was completed on schedule and on budget.

To learn more visit: www.mndot.gov/d1/projects/i35willowriver/

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