HMA excellence awards

News NAPA February 03, 2003
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The National Asphalt Paving Association (NAPA) has announced the winners of its 2002 Quality in Construction Award for excellence in construction of a hot-mix asphalt (HMA) pavement. The presentations were made at a special ceremony on Jan. 15 at NAPA’s 48th Annual Convention in San Diego, Calif.

"NAPA selects the award recipients using a known set of standards that have been shown to give good results," said David B. Carlson, chairman of the NAPA board of directors. "This award demonstrates the high quality of work that the HMA industry is achieving."

Among the numerous winners were Forsgren Inc., Fort Smith, Ark., and the Arkansas DOT for their rubblizing and overlay of 6.4 miles of I-40 in Franklin County. The company had to carefully plan all operations to comply with staging requirements and project deadlines. The resulting road earned the contractor a bonus for smoothness on the road.

Brannan Sand and Gravel Co., Denver, won for several jobs, including construction of a Grand Prix racetrack. Challenges included a tight schedule, smoothness requirements and use of a polymer HMA that required constant monitoring and high temperatures for paving. The company completed the project on time with excellent results.

Duval Asphalt Products Inc., Jacksonville, Fla., won for its work on S.R. 23, the Brenan/Chaffee Road. The project was one of the first pilot projects for QC 2000 in Florida, which required testing by the contractor with results verified by the Florida DOT. The contractor achieved the maximum paving bonus of 5% based on the quality of production and the installation of the road.

Fred Carlson Co. Inc., Decorah, Iowa, won for several projects, including construction of the Plainfield Bypass (U.S. 218) in Bremer County. This full-depth HMA project included several at-grade crossings with turn lanes and one interchange with four ramps. The pavement produced by the company’s four crews and two plants was consistent and smooth.

Kokosing Construction Co. Inc., Fredericktown, Ohio, won for reconstruction work on a 10.5-mile stretch of IR-70 starting in downtown Columbus, the single largest asphalt pavement reconstruction project ever awarded by the Ohio DOT. The company proposed project modifications that resulted in a smoother pavement, earning it 104.6% out of a possible 105% smoothness incentive for its work.

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