NAPA announces winners of national paving awards

NAPA_LogoThe National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) has announced the winners of several awards honoring companies for excellence in construction of an asphalt pavement . The winning companies received their awards at a ceremony during the association’s 60th Annual Meeting in Marco Island, Fla.

2014 Sheldon G. Hayes Award

Northeast Asphalt Inc. of Green Bay, Wis., won the 2014 Sheldon G. Hayes Award for excellence in construction of an asphalt pavement. The award, bestowed annually since 1971, recognizes the country’s highest quality highway pavement.

Northeast Asphalt Inc. and the Wisconsin Department of Transporation Northeast Region were named the winner for Northeast Asphalt’s work on State Trunk Highway (STH) 22 from Gillet to Oconto Falls, Wis. In the spring of 2012, just prior to the start of Northeast Asphalt’s mill and overlay project, a utility conflict running along both sides of the 8.1-mile project was discovered, threatening to wreak havoc with planned completion before year’s end.

“In the typical utility relocation, it would happen just prior to us coming in and doing any work,” said Ric Szalewski, Project Manager at Northeast Asphalt for the winning project. “But they were anticipating a couple of months to relocate those utilities and there was talk of delaying the project until 2013.”

2014 Ray Brown Airport Pavement Award

S.T. Wooten Corp. of Wilson, N.C., took home the 2014 Ray Brown Airport Pavement Award. The honor is presented each year to the highest-rated airport project submitted for a NAPA Quality in Construction Award, which recognize asphalt pavements of excellence. The award is named for Ray Brown, who served many years as Director of the National Center for Asphalt Technology at Auburn University in Auburn, Ala.

S.T. Wooten Corp. won the award for its work on Wilmington International Airport’s Runway 17-35, in Wilmington, N.C. The first step involved profile milling the existing pavement to a depth of three inches. Once completed, 24-inch wide high-density stress-relief interlayer fabric material was installed over existing reflective cracks that occurred at roughly 12- to 13-foot intervals.

“We had to put down the fabric interlayer because of the transverse cracks in the pavement that the milling didn’t get out,” said Chris Croom, Division Manager for S.T. Wooten Corp. “The fabric covers the cracks so it doesn’t reflect back through the new asphalt.”

 2014 Larry H. Lemon Quality in Construction Award

The Larry H. Lemon Award recognizes the 10 highest-scoring projects submitted for a Quality in Construction Award in the General Paving (Less Than 50,000 Tons) category.

“As an industry, asphalt pavement producers have devoted a great deal of time and effort to determining the best practices necessary to construct long-lasting, high-quality asphalt pavements that offer the durable performance pavement owners and the public value. This award compares nominated pavements against best practices and standards, and honor those that exemplify excellence in construction standards,” William C. Ensor III, 2014 Chairman of the NAPA Board of Directors stated.

The 2014 winners and their projects, arranged alphabetically, are:

  • Clark Construction of Texas in San Antonio, Texas, for its work on Bitters Road north of San Antonio from 281 West to Tomahawk Trail.
  • John R. Jurgensen of Cincinnati, Ohio for work on East Fork State Park bikepath in Clermont County, Ohio.
  • Knife River Materials Northern Minnesota of Bemidji, Minn., for its work on Barnes County Highway 21, just north of Valley City, N.D.
  • Northeast Asphalt of Greenville, Wis., for its work on State Trunk Highway (STH) 45 in Monico, Wis.
  • Pennsy Supply Inc., an Oldcastle Materials Co., of Pittston, Penn. for its work milling and resurfacing SR 611 in Mount Pocono, Penn.
  • The Shelly Co., an Oldcastle Materials Co., of Findlay, Ohio for its work in the City of Lima including all of West and Elizabeth Streets.
  • The Shelly Co., an Oldcastle Materials Co., of Thornville, Ohio for its workon Licking-Martinsburg Road in St. Louisville, Ohio.
  • The Shelly Co., an Oldcastle Materials Co., of Thornville, Ohio for its workon Gallia County-Jackson Pike (CR 35) in Gallipolis, Ohio.
  • The Shelly Co., an Oldcastle Materials Co., of Thornville, Ohio for its workon State Routes 32, 41, and 124 in Peebles, Ohio.
  • The Shelly Co., an Oldcastle Materials Co., of Thornville, Ohio for the minor rehabilitation of 20.76 miles of roadway on three separate rural roads in Gallia and Lawrence Counties.

Last year, 205 projects completed by 80 companies were honored with a Quality in Construction Award. Out of all the projects, 90 were singled out for their use of sustainable construction practices, such as incorporating reclaimed and recycled materials and using warm-mix asphalt.

“Quality pavements are something every road builder strives to construct. We want to build pavements that deliver on the promise of high performance and drivability for the public,” said William C. Ensor III, NAPA 2014 Chairman. “Projects that earn a Quality in Construction Award have been measured against industry best practices designed to live up to that promise. I’m proud to say that, in earning a 2014 QICAward, winning contractors have met or exceeded these rigorous quality standards.”

Details on all the winners and their projects, arranged alphabetically by state can be seen by clicking here.