Pend Oreille County




Larry H. Lemon Quality in Construction Award – Top 10 in the Nation

About the project

Poe Asphalt Paving Inc. won the 2019 Larry H. Lemon Quality in Construction Award for excellence in construction of an asphalt pavement for the reconstruction of Fertile Valley Road in Newport, Wash. The company placed 6 inches of base course, followed by 3 inches of a top course and 3 inches of Superpave hot-mix asphalt. Work also included installation of curb and gutter. A late-season pave with a 2.5-hour round trip haul, the project’s biggest challenges were temperature and compaction. To account for the low temperatures and long haul, the crew operated a material transfer vehicle to help ensure uniform mixture heat before placement and to minimize any potential compaction issues. An additional oscillatory roller was utilized to help achieve optimal compaction.

Poe Asphalt Paving had to keep the road open for local traffic since it was the only access that some residents had to their homes. The company produced a smooth, quality asphalt pavement with a good ride.

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.

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