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2011 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.



S.T. Wooten Corporation

Wilson, North Carolina

S.T. Wooten Corporation and the North Carolina Department of Transportation received the 2011 Sheldon G. Hayes Award for Highest Quality in Asphalt Paving. The project was the milling and overlay of eight miles of I-795 in Wilson County. The company rehabilitated an existing pavement that had been under-designed for heavy truck traffic, placing a pavement that won kudos for its density and earned incentives for its smoothness and rideability.


S.T. Wooten began work quickly after it was awarded the contract by the NC DOT. "To minimize traffic disruption and achieve the best possible pavement, we constructed the mill-and-fill portion in the winter of 2009 and the overlay in the summer of 2010,” said Reade Dawson, general manager of S.T. Wooten Corp.’s Asphalt Division.

The company focused on achieving exceptional pavement quality and achieved optimum smoothness. With the permission of NCDOT, S.T. Wooten used different lift depths from those originally called for in the contract, providing a smoother surface. The company completed its work in just 80 construction days, without accidents and without penalties, minimizing disruption to the traveling public.

“Everything worked well on this project,” said Dawson. “We had great coordination with NCDOT and great personnel on the job. The members of the crew had 20 years or more experience, and we had excellent internal cooperation among on-site, plant, and quality control personnel.”




Norris Asphalt Paving Company

Ottumwa, Iowa

Norris Asphalt Paving Co. and the Iowa Department of Transportation were honored for the widening and resurfacing of 9.1 miles of U.S. 63 in Mahaska County. This main north-south road was in poor condition, yet had to handle steadily increasing traffic volumes. Iowa DOT used funding available through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to mill, widen, and overlay the road. Norris Asphalt Paving Co. completed the project in less than a year, earning incentives for the road’s smoothness and timely completion.





Northeast Asphalt Inc.

Greenville, Wisconsin

Northeast Asphalt and Wisconsin Department of Transportation were honored for the milling and overlay of 15.25 miles of U.S. 45 from Eagle River to Wisconsin’s border with Michigan. It is a two-lane road with acceleration and deceleration lanes at major intersections. Northeast Asphalt developed a construction plan that kept traffic moving through the area safely and with few delays. The completed roadway was notable for its smoothness and density.


Northeast Asphalt





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.