Each year, during the Virginia Asphalt Conference & Expo, VAA and VDOT present the annual asphalt paving awards.  Awards are presented for projects that were paved in the previous year.

VDOT sponsors two paving awards

VAA sponsors five awards

VAA Sponsors Overall Winner

Golden Lute Award



2018 Golden Lute Winner
W-L Construction & Paving, Inc.
Mountain Empire Airport
Smyth/Wythe County
2018 Municiple Winner
Virginia Paving Company
Virginia Beach Blve.
Virginia Beach

The VDOT paving awards are nominated by VDOT District personnel.  One maintenance and one construction project, per district, can be nominated for statewide consideration.  Once the nominations are finalized, a team of VDOT and VAA representatives visit each project. While at the project site, they evaluate the appearance and ride quality of the final riding surface.  From the individual evaluations, the results are tallied and a final decision is made.

In contrast, VAA's "Virginia's Best" categories are selected based on the information provided by the contractor or municipality submitting the nomination and a site visit by VAA representatives.

The Golden Lute is awarded to one of the winners of the previously judged categories.  Each winner is evaluated by representatives that have not previously judged the submissions.

The prestige associated with winning either the VDOT or VAA awards pays big dividends from a marketing standpoint.  Winners are featured on VAA's website home page, in VAA's membership directory, and in the association newsletter and magazine.  Some VDOT Districts send out local press releases about the winning projects as well.  So don't hesitate! If you have a great project, nominate!  To complete the nomination information for Virginia's Best categories, just click on the submission link to the right.