Problems from the start
The original grading subcontractor E & B hired went out of business shortly after the project began. Very little progress had been achieved on the project due to the subcontractor's lack of performance, right-of-way issues, utility reconstruction still underway, difficult soil conditions and wet weather. Fortunately, INDOT was understanding of the circumstances and allowed for some changes in scheduled work days during early phases of the project.
Another grading subcontractor was hired and all right-of-ways were cleared through the 2002 construction season. E & B and its grading contractor continued to move dirt by conventional methods and place asphalt, phase by phase, switching traffic each time, through 2003 and in early 2004. However, it became apparent that drying the native soils by conventional methods was taking too long to guarantee a 2004 job completion. Both the paving contractor and the grading contractor agreed to lime stabilize the remaining 40,000 cubic yards of fill required to complete the road base in order to meet a December completion deadline. The out-of-pocket expense for this operation totaled approximately $325,000. When the project was completed, E & B was penalized $135,000 for going over the 235 contracted work days by 45 days, so the out-of-pocket expense to lime stabilize remaining fill to keep the project on schedule avoided additional delay penalties.
And despite the challenges E & B Paving encountered on the project, the contractor received INDOT's 2004 Smoothness Award for full-depth asphalt.
"There were profilograph provisions that they had to achieve, and we have a research and training department that conducts an independent test of the project once completed to evaluate the smoothness of ride based on meeting or exceeding specifications," states Martson Fowler, construction engineer for INDOT's Vincennes District.
While the smoothness award did not provide an additional financial incentive for E & B Paving, according to Fowler, it does provide "something to boast about" in the company's marketing efforts. But more importantly, the project provided a lot of satisfaction for the crews involved, determined not to be deterred in delivering a quality pavement regardless of the circumstances.
E & B Paving Inc. was incorporated in 1967 with one plant located at Irving Brothers' stone quarry in Muncie, IN. The principal officers at the time were Jack R. Euratte and Richard Bedwell.
Ten years later, E & B Paving acquired its second plant at Stony Creek east of Noblesville, IN.
E & B has been involved with asphalt resurfacing on a wide variety of federal, state, municipal and commercial projects over the years. Two more production facilities were purchased from Mohr Construction in 1984. The company added its first portable plant in 1986 to accommodate an $8.4-million resurfacing project on US 30 in Whitley County, which, at the time, was the company's largest single contract.
In 1986, E & B also acquired Acme Paving Co. of Anderson, IN, adding five more production facilities. The company also moved its headquarters and repair shop from Noblesville to its present location in Anderson in 1987.
Historically, E & B has stayed on the fringes of the Indianapolis market, preferring to confine operations to the northeast quadrant out of Noblesville. Due to increased demand and a strong, growing market, the contractor opened an Indianapolis office and plant on the south side in 1988.
E & B's rapid growth continued with the acquisition of McMahan-O'Connor Construction Co. of Rochester, IN in 1992. The acquisition expanded E & B's asphalt paving capabilities and added concrete paving, bridge construction and earthmoving expertise to its service offering.
The company acquired Marion Paving Co. in Marion, IN in 1994. In 1997, E & B opened its Evansville office and plant, and expanded into Northeast Indiana by acquiring the Ft. Wayne office and asphalt plants of Ft. Wayne and Angola from S.E. Johnson in 2001. The company's most recent acquisition came in 2003 with the purchase of Mohr Construction Company in Kokomo, IN.