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February 21, 2014

Wins award for two asphalt paving projects

LANHAM, Md. — The National Asphalt Pavement Association announced that Norris Asphalt Paving Co. of Ottumwa is a winner of its 2013 Larry H. Lemon Quality in Construction Award for excellence in construction of an asphalt pavement. The winning companies received their awards on Wednesday, Feb. 5 at a ceremony during the association’s 59th annual meeting in Boca Raton, Fla.

The Larry H. Lemon Quality in Construction Award recognizes the 10 highest-scoring projects submitted for a Quality in Construction Award in the General Paving (Less Than 50,000 Tons) category. The award is sponsored by Asphalt Contractor magazine.

“As an industry, asphalt pavement producers have devoted a great deal of time and effort to determining the best practices necessary to construct long-lasting, high-quality asphalt pavements that offer the durable performance pavement owners and the public value. The Quality in Construction Awards compare nominated pavements against best practices and standards, and honor those that exemplify excellence in construction standards,” stated John J. Keating, 2013 Chairman of the NAPA Board of Directors.

Norris Asphalt Paving Co. won the award for its work on Peru Road in Madison County. 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.

Norris Asphalt Paving Co. won the award for its work on Chestnut Road from State Route 44 to the Carroll County line in Guthrie County. 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.

Projects submitted for a Quality in Construction Award are evaluated by pavement engineers at the National Center for Asphalt Technology who assign each project a numerical score based on how well the contractor met specifications and achieved density on the finished pavement. All the pavements that meet a benchmark figure earn the QIC Award. The Larry Lemon Award honors the 10 highest-scoring projects, as determined in the NCAT review.

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The Iowegian wants readers to think about the solicitation ordinance that will prevent groups or individuals from entering a roadway to solicit money. The Centerville City Council in June by a 5-0 vote passed the first reading of just such an ordinance. Public pressure and during a subsequent special meeting, the council voted 3-2 to table the ordinance. A second special meeting to discuss the solicitation ordinance is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 7 at City Hall. So, the question of the week is, "Do you or do you not support the ordinance to prevent solicitation of funds in city streets?"

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