City of Milwaukee’s Capital Drive Project Win’s National “Excellence in Concrete Pavements Award


Madison, WI. (January 3, 2014)

The American Concrete Pavement Association (ACPA) has named its 2013 recipients of its Annual “Excellence in Concrete Pavements” Awards, which recognize quality concrete pavements constructed in the United States and Canada.

The awards program encourages high-quality workmanship in concrete pavement projects, and serves as way to share information about challenging and highly successful projects. Projects are evaluated and voted on by judges from across the country and represent various stakeholder groups in the transportation-construction community. The program recognizes contractors, engineers, and project owners who completed outstanding projects.

The awards fall into 13 categories applicable to construction and preservation of highways, roadways, airports, and industrial pavement facilities. The program requires projects to be completed in the calendar year prior to judging (2012).

The reconstruction of West Capital Drive in the City of Milwaukee won the Gold Award in the Municipal Streets and Intersections (>30,000 SY) Category. “This was a very complex paving project with the construction of 25 intersections and all of the turn lanes while keeping access open to all of the 123 businesses on the project. The Zignego Company, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation and the City of Milwaukee should be congratulated for the excellent teamwork in delivering the project on time and with excellent quality of construction”, said Kevin McMullen, President of the Wisconsin Concrete Pavement Association. “WCPA looks forward to honoring the entire project team from the City of Milwaukee, Wisconsin DOT and the Zignego Company in the very near future”, he further added.

Municipal Streets & Intersections (>30,000 SY)

Municipal Streets & Intersections (>30,000 SY) —Gold Award

Project: West Capitol Drive Reconstruction, Milwaukee, Wisc.
Owner: Wisconsin Department of Transportation, Southeast Region
Contractor: Zignego Company, Inc.
Engineer: City of Milwaukee

The reconstruction of this 1.5 mile section of West Capitol Drive in Milwaukee was very complex because the project included 25 intersections, 56 left turn lanes and access to all 123 businesses at all times during construction. With two through lanes, a bicycle lane, and a parking lane in each direction, the section had more than 87,000 SY of 8.5-inch concrete pavement.

Although city engineers were initially concerned that this project could not be built with concrete because of tight clearance requirements, the Wisconsin Concrete Pavement Association and its contractor members worked with the city to prove otherwise.

The Zignego Company was awarded the contract and used an innovative paver setup that allowed the bike lane, parking lane, and integral curb to be paved simultaneously with a zero clearance paver. Despite early construction season weather issues and utility delays, the project was completed ahead of schedule, receiving incentives for concrete strength and ride.

Major sustainability efforts on the project included recycling of 100 percent of the existing asphalt pavement as base for the new concrete pavement, substitution of 30 percent of the Portland cement with type C fly ash, and the construction of sustainable landscaping in the medians.

About the Excellence Awards

This year the awards represent 13 categories of construction and preservation of concrete pavements used for highways, roadways, airports, and industrial pavement facilities. In all, 31 awards were presented to 25 contractors.

The ACPA Excellence in Concrete Pavements awards are made possible, in large measure, because of the generous time commitment of independent judges from across the United States and Canada. The judges each spend many hours reviewing executive summaries, project details, photographs, and other details and aspects of project submittals.

ACPA presents awards in both gold and silver levels. Judging is based on a point system, with independent judges awarding points for quality construction, addressing unique and unusual challenges, innovation, traffic management, and other criteria. In the case of ties, award judges present awards to co-winners.

About the ACPA and WCPA

The ACPA is the national trade association for the concrete pavement industry. The Wisconsin Concrete Pavement Association (WCPA) is ACPA’s local affiliated organization. ACPA and WCPA represent members in marketing/promotion, government affairs, and research/technical support associated with concrete pavements used for highways, airports, streets, and roads.

ACPA’s and WCPA’s members include paving contractors, cement companies, equipment manufacturers, material and service suppliers, ready-mixed concrete producers, allied associations/organizations, bonding and insurance companies, consulting firms, and other allied organizations and individuals.

Founded in 1963, the American Concrete Pavement Association is headquartered in Chicago at 9450 Bryn Mawr Ave., Suite 150, Rosemont, IL 60018. Phone: 847.966.2272. The Association’s Washington, DC office is located at 500 New Jersey Ave., NW, 7th Floor, Washington, DC 20001. Phone: 202.638.2272. Visit ACPA’s website at

Founded in 1952, the Wisconsin Concrete Pavement Association is headquartered in Madison, Wisconsin at 4001 Nakoosa Trail, Suite 101, Madison, WI 53714. Telephone: 608-240-1020. Fax: 608-240-1019. Visit WCPA’s website at
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Editorial Contact:
For additional information, please contact Kevin McMullen, President, Wisconsin Concrete Pavement Association.
Phone: 608.240.1020
High resolution photos of award winners and projects are available on request.