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2013 Larry H. Lemon Quality in Construction Awards


For the first time in 2013,  NAPA began recognizing the top general pavements constructed and submitted for a Quality in Construction Award.  Dubbed the Larry H. Lemon Quality in Construction Award, the 10 highest-scoring projects submitted for a Quality in Construction Award in the General Paving (Less Than 50,000 Tons) category were recognized for their commitment to building high-quality roads.  


The award is named after Larry H. Lemon of Haskell Lemon Construction in Oklahoma City, who served faithfully on the Awards Committee for 18 years, before serving as Chairman of NAPA in 2010. Larry was instrumental in the creation of the rating system for the Quality in Construction Awards which require qualitative analysis using data and test results to determine the winners.


The 2013 winners and their projects, arranged alphabetically, are:


Ajax Paving Industries of Florida of Tampa, Fla.
  • Work on State Route 60, the Courtney Campbell Causeway, in Clearwater, Fla. The milling and overlay work began in April 2012 and had to be completed by the Republican National Convention in August 2012. Rainy weather, heavy traffic, and nighttime paving presented challenges over the course of the project. Ajax Paving used green paving techniques, incorporating reclaimed asphalt pavement into the asphalt mixes.


Barrett Paving Materials Inc. of Middletown, Ohio
  • Resurfacing of various roads in Montgomery County, Ohio. The company milled and overlaid 23 different roads using various mixes and paving depths. It incorporated green paving techniques into the project, keeping material out of landfills and saving on the use of new materials by using reclaimed asphalt pavement in the asphalt pavement mixes.


J.D. Ramming Paving Co. Ltd. of Austin, Texas
  • Work on the 69th Air Defense Artillery Brigade complex site and infrastructure parking lot at Fort Hood in Texas. The company placed a 3.5-inch overlay of asphalt on the parking lot, creating a smooth, high-quality pavement.


Norris Asphalt Paving Co. of Ottumwa, Iowa
  • Work on Chestnut Road from State Route 44 to the Carroll County line in Guthrie County, Iowa. The company did an overlay on a heavily deteriorated road, taking particular care when paving close to a historic farmstead. Norris Asphalt Paving incorporated 20 percent reclaimed asphalt pavement into the mixes for the project.
  • Work on Peru Road in Madison County, Iowa. The company performed cold-in-place recycling before doing the asphalt resurfacing. It used green paving techniques, incorporating 18 percent reclaimed asphalt pavement in the intermediate and surface courses. The company produced a consistently excellent project with very high ratings for its smoothness.


Payne & Dolan Inc. of Waukesha, Wis.
  • Work on State Trunk Highway 36, from STH 120 to Westridge Avenue in Lyons, Wis. The company milled the existing roadway and widened the pavement four feet, using the millings from the project. It then surfaced the entire project with new asphalt pavement. The company also resurfaced a bridge deck on the project using a special thermoplastic polymeric-modified asphalt waterproofing mixture.


The Shelly Co., an Oldcastle Materials Co., of Thornville, Ohio
  • Work on State Road 125 in Adams County, near Georgetown, Ohio. The mill and overlay work involved resurfacing 9.77 miles of this rural road. The road’s steep grade and sharp curves were challenging, but the finished product makes traveling to the nearby Shawnee State Forest much safer and more enjoyable for motorists.
  • Work on State Route 140 in Portsmouth, Ohio. This mill-and-overlay project spanned 16.5 miles of a two-lane highway. The degree of difficulty for this project was high due to a tight schedule, the many curves and hills on the road, and the need to perform minor bridge rehabilitation to 14 structures. Despite this, the project was completed on time yielding a tremendous improvement to SR 140.


The Shelly Co., an Oldcastle Materials Co., of Twinsburg, Ohio
  • Work on approximately 10 miles of the Ohio Turnpike in Portage and Summit counties, Ohio. The project involved the mill and overlay of the east- and westbound lanes of the turnpike from MP 176.3 to MP 186.02. To protect workers from heavy traffic volumes and to ensure the most efficient flow of traffic, paving work on the project was completed entirely at night. Construction began in May 2013 and was completed one week ahead of the scheduled September completion date.


Staker Parson Cos., an Oldcastle Materials Co., of Draper, Utah
  • Work on Interstate 15, from South Holden to North Holden in Utah. The 6.125-mile stretch of construction work included milling 1.5 inches of the original asphalt and replacing it with 1.5 inches of new stone-matrix asphalt. Other repairs, some of which were performed under tight time constraints, included fixing soft spots, guardrail replacement, right-of-way fence replacement, and bridge deck pothole patching. Partnering meetings were regularly held between Staker Parson, its subcontractors, and the Utah Department of Transportation. The construction work earned high incentives for the project in terms of mix quality, compaction, and smoothness, leading UDOT’s lead inspector to describe the work as “the perfect project.”