The Tennessee Road Builders Association recently honored its contractors and aggregate members for their high-quality work and safety practices with its Smooth Paving Awards.

A 6.86-mile stretch of Interstate 40 in Cumberland County was the Region Two Large Project winner.

Determined by the Tennessee Department of Transportation, the Smooth Paving Awards are based on the rideability of asphalt pavement. Smooth roads save travelers about 2.5 cents to 3 cents per mile in vehicle operating costs, such as fuel consumption, tire wear, maintenance and automobile depreciation.

“TRBA members are committed to making our slogan — ‘Good roads save lives, time and money’ — a reality for all Tennesseans,” said Kent Starwalt, executive vice president of TRBA. “In partnership with the Tennessee Department of Transportation, we are proud to recognize these outstanding contractors as 2008 Smooth Paving Award recipients.”

Each year, Smooth Paving Awards are given in two categories — small projects, costing less than $1 million, and large projects, costing more than $1 million — in each of the state’s four TDOT regions.

TDOT project supervisor for the Cumberland County entry was David Bradley and project foreman was Junior Stover.

TRBA is an organization of nearly 400 contractors and associates who are dedicated to promoting better contracting and conditions for workers and securing proper funding for road construction projects. TRBA consists of six divisions: Aggregate, Asphalt, Bridge and Concrete, Grading, Specialty, and Associate.