Kokosing Construction earns 2012 Quality in Construction Award from NAPA

The National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) awarded Kokosing Construction Co. the 2012 Quality in Construction Award for excellence in construction of an asphalt pavement on the Nelsonville Bypass.

“We are truly pleased to receive such a prestigious award,” said Kokosing Project Engineer Andy Rhodes in a press release. “This award honors all public and private entities who’ve worked on the bypass and contributed to such a high-quality product.”

According to a NAPA news release, Kokosing Construction Co. Inc. won the award for its work on the relocation of the US 33 bypass in Hocking and Athens Counties in Ohio. The company engaged in extensive partnering with all parties and incorporated several elements to protect wildlife in the area, including high-mast lighting for bats, wildlife jump-outs for deer, a butterfly bridge, rattlesnake fencing, and tunnels for safe crossings by wildlife and humans. It also incorporated reclaimed asphalt pavement into three of the mixes, used warm-mix asphalt for paving, and fueled its portable asphalt plant with recycled waste oil, dramatically reducing the project’s environmental footprint. Paving in 28-foot-wide sections to avoid longitudinal joints at the centerline, Kokosing Construction Co. produced a high-quality, dense, and smooth asphalt pavement.

“The Quality in Construction Award recognizes paving jobs completed in line with best practices and standards known to yield high-quality asphalt pavements,” said Kurt Bechthold, 2012 chairman of the NAPA Board of Directors.

Since being awarded the contract for Phase II ($45.2 million) of the Nelsonville Bypass, Kokosing has achieved many milestones on the project, including the opening of Phase II nine months ahead of schedule.

“In partnering with Kokosing, we’ve exceeded expectations and work schedules throughout the entire project,” said Ohio Department of Transportation (DOT) District 10 Deputy Director Steve Williams.  “We congratulate Kokosing on winning this distinguished award and we look forward to working with them in the future.”

Phase II of the Nelsonville Bypass includes more than three miles of earth work and 4.56 miles of four-lane paving.  Phase II also consists of construction of the west interchange as well as the construction of four bridges.