Cannon Beach Public Works crew members received a state award for the paving they did on the newest link to the inner-city trail.

They received a first-place award for asphalt pavement construction on a special project from the Asphalt Pavement Association of Oregon.

The honor was specifically for the city’s multi-use trail from Fir to Second streets.

The Excellence in Paving awards recognize crews in Oregon in a variety of categories for their commitment to quality.

“This is a great achievement that really fits Cannon Beach,” said Mark See, the city’s public works director.

Eight categories cover paving projects that include commercial, residential, highway, urban and special projects.

Nominations in each category are made in late summer and are evaluated by rating teams from the association over the fall and winter. The evaluators observe the completed work, take pictures and review statistics from each project.

During the process, the nominees are whittled down to the top three candidates in each category.

“This was the culmination of the three years we spent planning this project,” See said. Tracy Sund, the city’s road specialist, oversaw the site’s inspection.

Working closely with the city’s crew was contractor Bayview Transit Mix of Seaside, including Bayview’s paving Superintendent Shannon Stewart, paver operator Larry Applegate and paving foreman Don Green.

Bayview Transit received the association’s contractor award for the project.

“Everyone’s hard work made this award-winning,” See said. “The award ties the city to the highest of standards.”

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