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NAPA Announces Winner, Finalists for Top National Award for Quality in Asphalt Paving

Shelly & Sands Inc., Ohio DOT Earn 2019 Sheldon G. Hayes Award


The National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) announced today the winner and finalists of the 2019 Sheldon G. Hayes Award for excellence in construction of an asphalt pavement. The award, bestowed annually since 1971, recognizes the country’s highest quality highway pavements. Shelly & Sands Inc. and the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) were named the winner of the 2019 Sheldon G. Hayes Award. Shelly & Sands won for its work on I-77 in Guernsey County.


Finalists for the award were Dunn Construction Co. Inc. and the Alabama Department of Transportation for work on I-459 in Hoover, Ala.; and Kiewit Infrastructure South Co. and the Texas Department of Transportation for I-10 in Crockett County.


The Sheldon G. Hayes Award winner and finalists are determined through a two-year evaluation process. All highway pavement projects using more than 50,000 tons of asphalt are eligible for consideration. Initially, the project must win a Quality in Construction (QIC) Award, which is determined by numerical scores given by an independent pavement engineers on the basis of how well the contractor met specifications and achieved density on the finished pavement. All the pavements that meet a benchmark figure earn the QIC Award.


The year after a project wins a QIC Award, it is eligible for consideration for the Sheldon G. Hayes Award. The top-ranked projects from each year are tested for smoothness, and then visually inspected by an independent pavement consultant with many years of experience in the industry. This year, the evaluator praised all the candidates for their high-quality construction practices, which resulted in smooth, safe, and durable pavements


At NAPA's 65th Annual Meeting in Maui, the winner and each finalist were presented with an award for their achievement. "The asphalt pavement industry is committed to building quality pavements that deliver high performance and drivability to the public," said John Harper, NAPA 2019 Chairman. The award is named for Sheldon G. Hayes, a founder of NAPA and the association's first chairman. Hayes spent his entire career striving for better construction techniques and improvements in the quality of asphalt pavements.