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Sheldon G. Hayes Award
Paved to Perfection
APAC-Missouri, Missouri Department of Transportation receive highest marks
to win the 2013 Sheldon G. Hayes Award
By Mary Lou Jay
avements that become finalists for the
Sheldon G. Hayes Award pass some pretty
tough tests over the two-year consideration
process. After first winning a Quality
in Construction Award, the pavements
are evaluated and given a score on a scale of 1-100
based on their ride, uniformity, longitudinal joints,
transverse joints, rutting, cracking, surface marks
from construction, and the traffic levels they handle.
Although all of the 2013 finalists received scores
well into the 90s, the work of APAC-Missouri, an
Oldcastle Materials Co., of Springfield, Mo., on
I-44 earned the highest score. The other three
pavements under consideration were constructed
by Heartland Asphalt Inc. of Mason City, Iowa;
Knife River Materials - Northern Minnesota
Division, of Bemidji, Minn.; and The Shelly Co.,
an Oldcastle Materials Co., of Twinsburg, Ohio.
"All four of these were very good pavements, and
any one of them would have been a good selection as
the winner. It was very close," said Dr. E. Ray Brown,
former director of the National Center for Asphalt
Technology (NCAT), who did the final on-site judging.
"Three of the four projects consisted of an old
concrete pavement that had been overlaid with an
asphalt mixture," said Brown. "Two of the four projects
employed warm-mix asphalt technology using the
foaming process. One project contained stone-matrix
asphalt (SMA) on the surface, and the remaining
projects used dense-graded mixtures. Two projects had
very high traffic counts, including high truck traffic,
while two of the projects had relatively low traffic levels.
"Two things about the APAC-Missouri project stood
out, however. First, it had no visible problems such as
cracking, and second, it had very high traffic counts,"
Brown said. "This was an overlay of 1.75 inches, which
is unusual; normally there would be a couple of layers.
This overlay was also the thinnest of the four, and you
would usually think that this would not perform as well
for as long, but it is showing very good performance."
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I-44, Jasper County
There are some projects where every step goes just as
planned. APAC-Missouri's winning project - a half-inch
scratch mill-and-fill on a 15.3-mile stretch of I-44 in
Jasper County - was one of those, according to Project
Manager Tyson Collins. The $4.7 million job included
paving on both mainline and ramps, as well as overlay of
"It was a nighttime paving project, and that has its
own sets of challenges, but for the most part it was pretty
cut and dried," said Collins. "We used strategic planning
and logistics to achieve proper trucking, plant time, and
paving time, so that the roadway could be open by
7 a.m. daily."
That careful planning - and the attention that APACMissouri crews paid to every detail of the project -
contributed to the outstanding results.
2013 NAPA Chairman John Keating (center) presents the Sheldon G.
Hayes Award to (l to r) APAC-Missouri representatives George Blackburn,
Foreman; Greg Hayden, Superintendent; Tyson Collins, Project Manager; and
David Guillaume, President.
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Asphalt Pavement Magazine - May/June 2014
High Performance Thin Overlay Solves Hard Problem
Paved to Perfection: The Sheldon G. Hayes Award
Sky-High Expectations for a Smooth Runway
2013 Quality in Construction Awards
Tools for the Trade
Index of Advertisers/Advertisers.com
Asphalt Pavement Magazine - May/June 2014