MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The Alabama Department of Transportation and McCartney Construction Co. received a top honor from the National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA)-the 2017 Sheldon G. Hayes Award.

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 pavement.

The award, given annually since 1971, recognizes the country’s highest quality highway pavements. The winner is determined through a two-year evaluation process. All highway pavement projects using more than 50,000 tons of asphalt are eligible for consideration.

The award was for paving done on the Anniston Eastern Bypass, which involved rerouting U.S. Highway 431 around the eastern side of the city. The award focused on the final phase of the project.

“More than a decade of work was completed in 2017 to build the bypass that helped ease traffic congestion caused by more than 40,000 vehicles a day on U.S. 431 through downtown Anniston,” said to Dejarvis Leonard, East Central Region Engineer for ALDOT.

Leonard and George H. Conner, Deputy Director of Operations for ALDOT, accepted the award along with McCartney Construction’s owners and their management team during a ceremony on Feb. 14, 2018, at NAPA’s 63rd Annual Meeting in San Diego.

“ALDOT is very appreciative and thankful for this recognition of the work done by McCartney Construction and ALDOT’s project management and inspection team,” Conner said.

During the ceremony, a video was played of Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey congratulating ALDOT on the award. “It’s my great pleasure to congratulate McCartney Construction Co., Inc. from Gadsden, Ala., for winning the 2017 Sheldon G. Hayes Award for the Anniston Eastern Bypass,” said the governor. “McCartney construction is further proof that the great state of Alabama strives for excellence in all we do.”

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