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Sheldon G. Hayes Award

NORRIS ASPHALT PAVING COMPANY
IOWA DEPARTMENT OF
TRANSPORTATION
State Highway 2
Ottumwa, Iowa
Norris Asphalt has quite the
winning streak when it comes
to paving highways and roads
across the state of Iowa.
Numerous times through the
years, Norris Asphalt has either
won the Sheldon G. Hayes Award
or been named a finalist. This year
is no different, with Norris Asphalt
producing another superior pavement
and qualifying as a finalist for this
year's award.
"It was one of those jobs that
just started off and went well, and
we just walked right through the
job," said Brady Meldrem, President
of Norris Asphalt Paving Co. The
10.8-mile overlay project took
about three months to complete
and required extensive work to
cover over the faulted Portland
Cement Concrete pavement.
The existing roadway needed to be
widened from 24- to 32-feet, which
was accomplished by excavation
and placement of additional paved
shoulders on the outside of the
project, Meldrem said.
"Then, basically it was just a
milling project to produce recycled
asphalt to utilize back into the
mixture and then an overlay of the
extra width as well as the mainline,"
Meldrem said. "It also included
longitudinal sub drains to improve
the drainage alongside of the road."
To improve safety, guardrails
were added and crews flattened the
slopes on the road, Meldrem said.
The original contract specified a twolift overlay of an intermediate and
a surface course, but Norris Asphalt
went back to the Iowa Department
of Transportation to request a scratch
course and adjustment of the thickness
of the other lifts. The goal was to

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Norris Asphalt worked with the Iowa DOT to allow shifts in tonnage placement and changes in lift
specs to improve the road. The result is a smooth, superior pavement.

improve smoothness and minimize
reflection cracking of joints.
"We asked them if they would
allow us to spill some of the tonnage
into another lift and do a leveling
course in order to help improve the
road," Meldrem said.
Scott Sommers, Iowa DOT's
Transportation Engineer Manager,
said the final pavement consisted of
the 1-inch scratch course, a 1.5-inch
intermediate course, and 1.5-inch
surface course.
"The scratch course allowed for
another layer of mix to be placed to
help with the transition from the
rougher existing pavement surface
to the new pavement surface,"
Sommers said. "In my opinion
this was a factor in helping the
contractor to achieve a smoother
finished product for the department
and in turn for the traveling public."
Ray Brown, Emeritus Director
for the National Center for Asphalt
Technology, said this leveling course
placed prior to the overlay also
helped seal the new surface from
existing cracks.
"The scratch coat helped to
provide a pavement with improved
smoothness and fewer reflective
cracks after one year in place,"
Brown said.
Meldrem said he directly
links Norris Asphalt's successful
projects to the company's policy
on distribution of incentive money
earned by each project.

"As the project receives incentives
on the job - primarily with the
smoothness incentive - the company
has a policy of sharing that incentive
with our crews," he said.
The company gives 25 percent of
all incentive money earned and allows
the superintendents to distribute it
as they see fit. The policy has been in
place for about 20 years, and Meldrem
said he believes it helps crews
continually strive to produce awardwinning asphalt pavements.
The Highway 2 project earned
96.23 percent of the total available
incentive for smoothness, using about
20 percent reclaimed asphalt on the
almost 60,000-ton job. Meldrem said
he thinks the asphalt industry as a
whole needs to boast more about its
usage of recycled products. The largest
amount of recycled material by tonage
in the United States is reclaimed
asphalt pavement, he said, amounting
to 70 million tons every year.
"Our operations, in trying to be
more environmentally sound, take
what we believe to be a problem,
such as waste oil from cars," Meldrem
said. "We re-use waste oil to heat the
asphalt. So we're taking something
that's a disposal problem to begin
with and we're using that for energy
to heat the asphalt."
He said on any given day at his
company's plants, Norris Asphalt will
go through a tanker-load of oil, which
is about 7,000 gallons.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Asphalt Pavement Magazine - March/April 2017

President’s Perspective Industry Well-Positioned for Future Regulations
Industry News
Building the Team
Meet the Chairman: Dan Gallagher
Porous Pavement at Foundry Row
NAPA PAC Donors
Quality in Construction: The Sheldon G. Hayes Award Forward-thinking contractors build high-quality highways
Quality in Construction: The Larry H. Lemon Awards Asphalt pavements that prove their worth
Quality in Construction: The Ray Brown Airport Award Planning and coordination keep planes and pavement on time
Quality in Construction Awards The complete list of winners
Industry Events
Index of Advertisers / Advertisers.com
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Asphalt Pavement Magazine - March/April 2017 - Building the Team
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