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l Specia : n Sectio NAPA s Award Ray Brown Award New Lifts S.T. Wooten Expertly Reconstructs a Wilmington International Airport Runway to Win the Ray Brown Airport Pavement Award By Mary Ann Melody for a Smooth Takeoff A s far as fresh pavement on airport runways go, so much rides on what the naked eye can see - the smoothness, the markings, and the trademark sleek appearance that signifies freshly laid asphalt. While it all counts, taking a look at the overall asphalt mix samples, equipment calibrations and density monitoring are all key components of a job well done. Once the computations are complete and the numbers jive, it's often clear that one project stands out above all others. Such is the case with the reconstruction of Wilmington International Airport's runway 17-35. The last overlay was 20 years ago and looked a bit tired. In an effort to make taking off and landing easier on aircraft using the runway, the airport hired S.T. Wooten Corp., based in Wilson, N.C., to provide the much-needed milling and pavement work. After three months on the job and constant vigilance to make sure the project's asphalt mixes matched tight FAA asphalt specifications, S.T. Wooten Corp. completed the work on schedule. The hard work paid off and the project has earned NAPA's 2014 Ray Brown Airport Pavement Award for excellence in construction of an asphalt airport pavement. This honor is presented each year to the highest-rated airport project submitted for a NAPA Quality in Construction - Airport Award. It is named after Ray Brown, who was Director of the National 34 * View past issues online at

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Asphalt Pavement Magazine - May/June 2015

Chairman’s Commentary
Industry News
Meet the Chairman
Built to Last
New Lifts for a Smooth Takeoff
High Scores, Smooth Rides
NAPA Quality in Construction Award Winners
Industry Events
Index of Advertisers/

Asphalt Pavement Magazine - May/June 2015