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2019 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 an independent pavement engineer 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.



Shelly & Sands Inc.

Zanesville, Ohio


Shelly & Sands Inc. and the Ohio Department of Transportation – District 5 were named the winner for Shelly & Sands work on I-77 in Guernsey County

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A one-mile test section of Void Reducing Asphalt Membrane (VRAM), new bridge deck construction that impacted the paving schedule, and the necessity to begin paving in the middle of the project due to bridge work being performed at the same time were some of the challenges that Shelly & Sands needed to overcome on their Sheldon G. Hayes winning project, I-77 in Guernsey County.

“A thermal camera was specified for this project,” said Quality Director Ed Morrison. “The MOBA thermal scanner was utilized to monitor pavement temperature segregation from side to side across the mat.” Per the project’s specification, all data was shared with Ohio Department of Transportation.







Dunn Construction Co. Inc. 

Birmingham, Ala.


 Dunn Construction Co. Inc. and the Alabama Department of Transportation a Finalists for Dunn Construction's work on I-459 in Hoover, Ala.

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Dunn Construction was faced with a strict timeline for completion of Interstate 459 as the route was to be used as an alternate during the closure of Interstate 20/59 in Birmingham, Alabama, starting in November 2018.

“Multiple crews worked on this project day and night in order to meet the deadline,” explained General Manager Evans Dunn. “In most shifts, manpower exceeded 60 workers per day.” The project required up to 50 dump trucks daily to accommodate the multiple scopes of work that were being performed.

The scope included micro-milling and planing 2.1-inch to 3 inches under traffic for a unique layer of 424A336 Superpave that was required as a moisture and added strength layer. This layer was covered with an SMA Asphalt Binder layer daily. To avoid unsafe drop offs due to the depth of the required milling, both milling and paving operations were performed during the same shift.







Kiewit Infrastructure South Co.

Fort worth, Texas



Kiewit Infrastructure South Co. and the Texas Department of Transportation a Finalists for Kiewit's work on I-10 in Crockett County


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Interstate 10 in Crockett County is a heavily trafficked travel route between San Antonio and El Paso. The highway receives a lot of oil field traffic and was due for a reconstruction. According to Kiewit’s Project Manager Scott Roe, Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) recognized there were a few design challenges in the original contract, so they increased the amount of emulsion treatment in the base, which expanded the life of the roadway and helped with the ride.

“A lot of people would be surprised that we achieved an average IRI of 26.1,” Roe said. “I would say that, to me, sticking to the basics and fundamentals of asphalt paving is what delivers IRI numbers like that. Our quality motto is to do it right the first time.”

Another aspect of the project that Kiewit is proud of is that there were zero safety incidents. Roe said that at Kiewit they like to say, “nobody gets hurt,” and they believe that all accidents are preventable. Roe added that “at Kiewit, we also have a strong quality culture. We plan our work, we execute our plan, and we verify our results.”