2017 Sheldon G. Hayes Award



The Sheldon G. Hayes Award winner is determined through a two-year process. Highway pavement projects using more than 50,000 tons of asphalt are eligible for consideration. Initially, they must win a Quality in Construction (QIC) Award, which is determined by numerical scores given by pavement engineers at the National Center for Asphalt Technology (NCAT) on the basis of how well the contractor met the specifications and achieved density on the finished pavement.  All the pavements that meet a benchmark figure are given the QIC award.


The year after a project wins a QIC Award, it may be considered for the Sheldon G. Hayes Award. The top-ranked projects from each year are tested for smoothness, then visually inspected by an independent pavement consultant with many years of experience in the industry. This year, the evaluators praised the contestants for high-quality construction practices resulting in smooth, safe, and durable pavements.





McCartney Construction Co. and the Alabama Department of Transportation were named the winner for McCartney Construction Co.'s work on Anniston Eastern Bypass, also known as State Route 901.SGH3-McCartney-Anniston Bypass 1


Using 123,176 tons of asphalt mixture, the company constructed a four-lane divided highway with turn lanes on the highway and McClellan Boulevard, as well as a four-lane connector at Summerall Gate Road and rehabilitation of the northern-most mile of the project where there was existing pavement and traffic.

"The quality of work performed by McCartney Construction was excellent. They provided quality materials that were closely monitored and placed to provide a very smooth ride for the traveling public," ALDOT Operations Engineer William M. Corley said. "They utilized quality equipment, personnel at the production plant, and at the site where the asphalt was placed. All the materials were tested to meet exact standards for production. Proven engineering methods for placement of asphalt were used along with great communication to provide a quality roadway."

McCartney Construction used several technology innovations to ensure the Anniston Eastern Bypass was an award-winning pavement that met ALDOT's and the driving public's expectations SGH3-McCartney-Anniston Bypass 4for quality. High-tech global positioning system (GPS) modeling was used to provide the specific grades and slopes specified by ALDOT engineers. A vehicle-mounted inertial profiler was used to check pavement smoothness in real-time.
McCartney Construction also designed the road's asphalt mixture using 25 percent reclaimed asphalt pavement (RAP), an environmentally friendly, cost-effective choice.








The company, in a joint venture with Trumbull Corp., was contracted by the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission (PTC) to reconstruct and widen a stretch of the turnpike from Milepost 43.56, located 4.1 miles east of Exit 39 – Butler Valley Lindy Paving Finished 2016 4Interchange, to Milepost 47.07, located 0.5 miles west of Exit 48 – Allegheny Valley Interchange. The 3.5-mile project used more than 212,000 tons of asphalt mix in six layers. It took two years to complete, including the removal of the existing concrete roadway, full depth reconstruction of the roadway, medians, and shoulders. The project widened the existing four-lane roadway to six lanes.


Not only did Lindy Paving construct an excellent pavement with superior smoothness, the company also met the PTC’s exacting specs. One of the most challenging aspects of the project was ensuring all six layers of the roadway met cross slope specifications.


“The PTC demands high quality pavement, and I’m happy that Lindy Paving was able to provide it for them,” Ganoe said. “PTC specifications have very tight tolerances and typically failure to meet the specifications results in removing and replacing the entire lot. We work very hard and strive to meet every spec all of the time.”







Walsh & Kelly was contracted to rehabilitate 8.6 miles of U.S. 41, one of the most travelled roads in Northwest Indiana. The project started approximately a quarter mile north of its intersection with U.S. 30 and continued south through the intersection until just below Cedar Lake, Indiana.


“Walsh and Kelly’s quality of work was excellent,” CHA Principal Engineering Designer and Representative for the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) Brett Charnstrom said.

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The work on U.S. 41 wasn’t a typical “mill and fill” with a thin surface course. The roadway was milled down 3.5 inches. A 2-inch intermediate, and a 1.5-inch surface course were placed in the rehabilitation of this roadway. Each course included an asphalt pavement mix that included reclaimed asphalt pavement (RAP) to make the project environmentally friendly and provide cost-savings.


The heavy volume of traffic, as well as businesses with entrances on U.S. 41, depended on smooth, continuous traffic flow during the project. To ease congestion, much of the paving work was scheduled for night when there would be less traffic on the roads. All lanes were reopened by 5 a.m. each morning.


“We had to work closely with the INDOT engineer, project inspector, and three different towns to ensure we could complete the work safely and smoothly, and open the lanes back up as quickly as possible,” Walsh & Kelly President and CEO Kevin Kelly said. “We had to keep everyone involved up-to-date and stay ahead of schedule by having traffic control and logistics down to a science.”