The N.C. Department of Transportation
and S.T. Wooten Corp. of Wilson received the 2011 Sheldon G. Hayes Award for Highest Quality in Asphalt Paving by the National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) for work on I-795 in Wilson County. Carolina Asphalt Pavement Association Executive Director Christie Barbee presented NCDOT's plaque to Transportation Secretary Gene Conti and NCDOT staff earlier this month at the N.C. Board of Transportation meeting in Raleigh."We're honored to receive this distinction, but the real winners are the motorists on I-795 who will have a high quality ride for years to come," said Transportation Secretary Gene Conti.A $5.9 million contract was awarded to S.T. Wooten Corp. in October 2009 for work on I-795 from U.S. 301 to N.C. 222. Work included replacing pavement on the outside lane and then placing an overlay over the entire roadway. The Sheldon G. Hayes Award is given annually by NAPA for a project that is recognized for its superior paving and smooth riding surface. According to NAPA, each year's award winner is determined through a two-year process where pavement projects that have used more than 50,000 tons of asphalt are tested and examined for smoothness, and then visually inspected by an experienced independent pavement consultant. Eligible projects must have previously won a Quality in Construction Award through NAPA.For more information on this and other projects, visit www.ncdot.gov.
Secretary Conti (holding plaque) with NCDOT Division Four staff and staff from S.T. Wooten Corporation