ACPA ‘Great American Family Road Trip’ Essay Contest

June 11, 2006

The American Concrete Pavement
Association (ACPA) today announced its launch of the "Great American Family
Road Trip" Essay Contest, inspired by this summer's 50th Anniversary of the
U.S. Interstate Highway System and the beginning of vacation travel.
    On June 16, a convoy of U.S. military vehicles will leave San Francisco
and follow the 3,250 mile route of the 1919 First Transcontinental Motor
Train through 13 states before reaching Washington, D.C. June 29, as part
of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials'
anniversary celebration of today's interstate highway system.
    Families also are celebrating their summer ritual of vacation travel as
they head out to the highways to enjoy fun, sun and summer recreation.
    To promote how the Interstate highway enables families to vacation
together, ACPA created the "Great American Family Road Trip Essay Contest"
to encourage travelers to recall family vacation experiences -- including
how concrete pavements factored into those experiences -- while driving
across America or to a favorite vacation destination.
    From June 16, 2006 through September 4, 2006, contestants will have the
chance to enter a 500-word essay about a family road trip to win one of
several prizes: a $500 gas gift card; a $250 gas gift card; a $100 gas gift
card; and two $50 gift cards. Ten entrants, whose essays will be deemed
Honorable Mentions, will be awarded road atlases. To enter the contest and
download the official entry blank, visitors can click on the link for
"Great American Family Road Trip Essay Contest" at
    Concrete pavements were and are a pivotal part of the Interstate
highway system and the American travel experience. Nearly 300 million cubic
yards of durable, efficient, and environmentally-friendly concrete was used
to create the original Interstate system, according to Gerald F. Voigt,
ACPA president and chief executive officer.
    Today, concrete is the paving material of choice for many motorists,
roadbuilders, and departments of transportation as the only environmentally
friendly pavement designed to reduce congestion associated with the
perpetual repairs, maintenance, and reconstruction associated with
petroleum-based asphalt pavements. Concrete gets motorists where they need
to go safely, quickly, and stress-free.
    ACPA is the national trade association for the concrete pavement
industry. The primary mission of the ACPA and its affiliated chapter/state
network is to advocate the use of concrete pavements in highways,
airfields, and roadways throughout the United States.
    NOTE: No purchase is necessary. The Great American Family Road Trip is
sponsored by the American Concrete Pavement Association and is open to
legal residents of the United States, 21 years of age or older as of
6/16/06. Void where prohibited by law. For rules, visit . Starts at 12:01 a.m. CST on 06/16/06 and ends at
5:00 p.m. CST on 09/04/06.

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