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Sheldon G. Hayes Award
Building the Country’s Best:
The Sheldon G. Hayes Award
Edging out stiff competition, The Shelly Co. and Ohio Department of Transportation win
the asphalt pavement industry’s highest honor.
By Mary Lou Jay
hallenging conditions often bring out the
best in asphalt companies. Take the three
contenders for the 2012 Sheldon G. Hayes
Award: Cool autumn nights, shifting
schedules, different mix designs, and a
timetable that required 16-hour days for months on end.
Despite these challenges the 2012 winner — The
Shelly Co., Southern Division, an Oldcastle Materials
Co., of Thornville, Ohio — and finalists Norris Asphalt
Paving Co. of Ottumwa, Iowa; and Knife River Asphalt
Corp. – Idaho Division of Boise, Idaho, all persevered to
produce world-class pavements.
“All three of the projects were excellent,” said
Gene Skok, the independent highway engineer who
performs on-site inspections for the Sheldon G. Hayes
Award, examining each pavement for the quality of its
Before being considered for the Sheldon G. Hayes
Award, all three projects passed a rigorous screening.
The two-year qualification process for the award begins
when the contractor and road owner, usually the state
department of transportation, submit the project, which
must be a highway project using more than 50,000 tons
of asphalt, for a Quality in Construction (QIC) Award.
Pavement engineers at the National Center for
Asphalt Technology (NCAT) in Auburn, Ala., examine
test results submitted for each project and assign a
numerical score based on how well the contractor met
specifications and achieved density on the finished
pavement. All the pavements that meet a benchmark
figure receive a QIC Award.
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The year after a project wins a QIC Award, it may
be considered for the Sheldon G. Hayes Award. The
top-ranked projects from the previous year are tested
for smoothness, and then visually inspected by an
independent pavement engineer with many years of
experience in the industry.
Skok said that the outstanding quality of this year’s
contenders made 2012 one of the toughest years yet for
making his recommendation for the Sheldon G. Hayes
“The pavements were all very well built, with very few
discernible cracks in any of them. It was obvious that
the mixes were well designed and very consistent as they
went through the construction,” Skok said.
The project had stood up well to two years of heavy
Winner: The Shelly Co., Southern Division,
an Oldcastle Materials Co.
Ohio Department of Transportation
I-70, Licking, Fairfield, and Franklin Counties, Ohio
Cool Nights, Warm Mix, Top Results
The award-winning project was for the mill and overlay
of 11.18 miles of I-70, beginning in Licking County near
the SR 158 exit and ending just past the SR 256 exit in
Franklin County in central Ohio. The pavement on this
four-lane interstate through central Ohio was cracked
and deteriorating when the job began.
The Shelly Co. worked at night on the project because
of the heavy traffic on the route; this segment of I-70 has
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Asphalt Pavement Magazine - May/June 2013
Meet the Chairman
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Building the Country’s Best
Smooth Landings at Austin Executive Airport
2012 Quality in Construction Awards
Index of Advertisers/Advertisers.com
Asphalt Pavement Magazine - May/June 2013