In February 2004, the Iowa Concrete Paving Association (ICPA) hosted its 40th Annual Concrete Paving Workshop, which each year attracts Iowa's top transportation leaders and builders. Over 600 engineers, highway officials, contractors and consultants gathered to exchange information and recognize last year's exceptional construction projects. The highlight of the three-day event was the presentation of the Portland Cement Concrete Paving Awards. In determining the winners of Iowa's most prestigious paving awards, nominated projects were rated on smoothness, quality control, general appearance and workmanship, contractor management, safety and project complexity. The ICPA and the Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) jointly evaluated and recognized the winning projects as 2003's best concrete pavements in various categories.
Cedar Valley Corp. was presented this prestigious paving award for the following projects:
• TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT CATEGORY
I-35/80 and Douglas Avenue Interchange, Des Moines, Polk County
• INTERSTATE HIGHWAYS CATEGORY
I-80 from the Madison Avenue Interchange, Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie County
• CONCRETE OVERLAYS CATEGORY
Central Avenue, Northwood, Monona County
• URBAN ARTERIALS AND COLLECTORS CATEGORY
Mills Civic Parkway and I-35, West Des Moines, Polk County
• SPECIAL RECOGNITION CATEGORY – TRAILS
Cedar Valley Nature Trail, Hiawatha, Linn County
These projects were submitted for consideration on the national level, with I-35/80 and Douglas Avenue Interchange going on to be recognized in the Traffic Management Category and I-80 from the Madison Avenue Interchange going on to be recognized in the Divided Highways - Urban Category.