McCartney Construction Co., Alabama DOT named 2017 Sheldon G. Hayes Award Winner!

NAPA Announces 2017 Sheldon G. Hayes Award

McCartney Construction Co., Alabama DOT named winner for top national award for quality in asphalt paving for their work on the Anniston Eastern Bypass Project

National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) announced that McCartney Construction Co. of Gadsden, Alabama, and the Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) was named winner for the 2017 Sheldon G. Hayes Award for excellence in construction of an asphalt pavement for the Anniston Eastern Bypass.

The award, bestowed annually since 1971, recognizes the country’s highest quality highway pavements. The 2017 Sheldon G. Hayes Award was presented today (Feb. 14) during the association’s 63rd Annual Meeting in San Diego.

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 asphalt pavement industry is committed to building high-quality projects that deliver superior performance to the traveling public,” said 2017 NAPA Chairman Dan Gallagher. “All contractor’s projects earning a Sheldon G. Hayes Award are measured against industry best practices, rated for smoothness a year after construction, and visually inspected to ensure the project lives up to our promise. I’m honored to say that, in earning a 2017 Sheldon G. Hayes Award, McCartney Construction Co. has exceeded these rigorous standards.”

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.

McCartney Construction Co. was contracted by ALDOT to build a 3.62-mile section of the Anniston Eastern Bypass, also known as State Route 901. Using 123,176 tons of asphalt mixture, the company constructed a four-lane divided highway with turn lanes on the highway and McClellan Boulevard, as well as a four-lane connector at Summerall Gate Road, and rehabilitation of the northern-most mile of the project where there was existing pavement and traffic.

“The quality of work performed by McCartney Construction was excellent. They provided quality materials that were closely monitored and placed to provide a very smooth ride for the traveling public,” said ALDOT Operations Engineer William M. Corley. “They utilized quality equipment, personnel at the production plant, and at the site where the asphalt was placed. All the materials were tested to meet exact standards for production. Proven engineering methods for placement of asphalt were used, along with great communication, to provide a quality roadway.”

McCartney Construction used several technological innovations to ensure the Anniston Eastern Bypass met ALDOT’s and the driving public’s expectations for quality. High-tech GPS-based modeling was used to provide the specific grades and slopes specified by ALDOT engineers. Also, a vehicle-mounted inertial profiler was used to check pavement smoothness in real-time.

McCartney Construction also received notice for designing the road’s asphalt mixture with 25 percent reclaimed asphalt pavement (RAP), an environmentally friendly, cost-effective choice.

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.

Recognizing Good Work

McCartney Construction strives for quality in every job, whether it is achieving incentive or winning awards. At the state level, the Alabama Asphalt Pavement Association has an award program that the company actively participates in. “We aim to go for an award on every job we do, no matter how big or small,” McCartney said.

To recognize every day achievements, McCartney Construction has an incentive plan it calls the “Eagle Award.” Employees are nominated for doing something that benefits the company or doing something particularly well. Each nominee receives a $25 award and a sticker to wear on their hard hat. Each quarter, a drawing is held for all of the Eagle Award nominees. The winner receives $500.”

The company also has a bonus for paving crew foreman if the work is completed without a revisit. “Some of the foremen split the bonus with their crews,” said McCartney. “The best ones do.”


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