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l Specian: Sectio NAPA s Award Sheldon G. Hayes Award High Scores, Smooth Rides Sheldon G. Hayes Award honors pavements that pass three rounds of rigorous testing, inspection By Mary Ann Melody T he day-in, day-out rigorous work that is involved in designing, mixing, and laying down asphalt pavement almost begs for a tried and true formula that can be used time and time again. But the winner and finalists of the 2015 Sheldon G. Hayes Award know that it takes more than just standard operating procedure to make exceptional quality pavements. Each company and project exudes innovation, originality, and determination to find a solution despite any obstacles placed in its way. The Sheldon G. Hayes Award, in existence since 1971, honors highway projects using at least 50,000 tons of asphalt pavement and exhibiting superior workmanship, quality, and smoothness. The finalists and winner withstand three rounds of evaluation during the two-year process. The first step is to win a NAPA Quality in Construction Award, which is determined through a review of QC/ QA numerical scores by National Center for Asphalt Technology (NCAT) engineers. It is based on project specifications, best practices, and if the required density is achieved. One year after receiving this honor, top qualifying highway pavements (semi-finalist) projects are evaluated by an independent firm, Amec Foster Wheeler, conducting smoothness testing using the same profilograph machine. Results from the smoothness test help determine the finalists. From there, Ray Brown, NCAT Emeritus Director, personally 30 * View past issues online at visits the site of each project to visually inspect the pavements. The highest-scoring project after these three rounds of thorough examination is this year's winner: U.S. 34 in Iowa's Montgomery and Adams counties, constructed by Norris Asphalt Paving Co., based in Ottumwa, Iowa. The company also has the unique honor of being named a finalist on a second project, Iowa 92 in Adair County. This marks the first time that one company has been named a winner and finalist in the same year since the beginning of the Sheldon G. Hayes Award. "This is quite an accomplishment and is a testament to Norris Asphalt's emphasis on quality," said Ray Brown. Rounding out the finalists are Manatt's Inc. (Newton, Iowa) and its Iowa 1 project in Johnson, Linn, and Jones counties, and I-70 by Kelly Paving Inc. (Williamstown, W. Va.) in Wheeling and Tridelphia, W.Va. The process of creating high-quality pavement means paying extra attention during mixture production and placement, Brown said. "Meeting all of these requirements required the contractor to closely monitor the quality of the work during production and placement, and to quickly take action on any issues that occurred during construction of the project. "The overall quality of each project was excellent with no significant cracking, rutting, raveling, or segregation," Brown said. "The longitudinal joints were tight and uniform, and transitions from bridge to roadway were smooth and dense."

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Asphalt Pavement Magazine - March/April 2016

President’s Perspective
Industry News
Meet the Chairman
Build Your Sustainable Future
NAPA Quality in Construction Awards High Scores, Smooth Rides
Airstrip Overlay Proves Army Strong
Paved Routes to Success
Quality in Construction Award Winners
Industry Events
Index of Advertisers/

Asphalt Pavement Magazine - March/April 2016