The city has received the 2017 Local Government Asphalt Award for “advancing innovation in asphalt pavements,” according to a Wisconsin Asphalt Pavement Association news release.

Last year, Janesville developed a new specification that allows up to 45 percent asphalt binder replacement in mixes. The city also developed performance testing measures and field verification. By using higher recycled asphalt mixes, Janesville has seen reduced rutting and cracking, according to the release.

The city’s engineering division was recognized at a Tuesday ceremony during the associations’ 58th annual conference in Madison.

“We commend Janesville for innovatively designing pavements to ensure cost savings without sacrificing pavement performance,” said Brandon Strand, association executive director. “The city of Janesville works with contractors and consultants to collaborate and improve mixes for the city and is recognized as a model for other municipalities throughout the state.”

Asphalt is completely recycled, saving taxpayers nationwide more than $2 billion a year, and Janesville has taken advantage of asphalt’s sustainability, according to the release.

“The asphalt industry is continually looking for new ways to make its products more sustainable and environmentally friendly. The city of Janesville is a great example of a road authority getting new technologies out into the field as a way to make roads better,” Strand said.

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