NAPA Announces the 2016 Larry H. Lemon Award Winners


The National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) announced the winners of its 2016 Larry H. Lemon Quality in Construction Award for excellence in construction of an asphalt pavement utilizing less than 50,000 tons of asphalt. The winning companies received their awards today (Feb. 1), at a ceremony during the association’s 62nd Annual Meeting in Orlando.

The Larry H. Lemon Quality in Construction Award recognizes the 11 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.

“The asphalt pavement industry is committed to building quality pavements that deliver high performance and drivability to the public,” said Kevin Kelly, NAPA 2016 Chairman. “All contractor’s projects earning a Larry H. Lemon Quality in Construction Award are measured against industry best practices designed to live up to our promise.”

The 2016 winners and their projects, arranged alphabetically, are:

  • Clark Construction of Texas Inc. of San Antonio, Texas, for its work on US 281 – Wurzbach Parkway in San Antonio;
  • E&B Paving Inc. of Rochester, Ind., SR 17 project in Kewanna, Ind.;
  • Hutchens Construction Co. of Cassville, Mo., for Lake Atalanta Park Improvements in Rogers, Ark.;
  • John R. Jurgensen of Cincinnati, Ohio, for the overlay of SR 41 and SR 235 in Clark County, Ohio;
  • The Lane Construction Corp. of Pittsburgh, Pa., for work on SR 51 in Pittsburgh;
  • Midsouth Paving Inc., an Oldcastle Materials Co., of Dothan, Ala., for the Highway 52 project in Houston County, Ala.;
  • Northeast Asphalt Inc. of Greenville, Wis., for work on US 2 Bates Amasa Road in Iron County, Mich.;
  • Northeast Asphalt Inc. of Greenville, Wis., also won a second award for the cold-in-place recycling of Highway 187 in Shiocton, Wis.;
  • Pike Industries Inc., an Oldcastle Materials Co., of Belmont, N.H., for SR 12 in Bethel, Vt.;
  • Walsh & Kelly Inc. of Griffith, Ind., for work on SR 55 in Crown Point, Ind.; and
  • Wiregrass Construction Co. Inc., of Ariton, Ala., for the mill-and-overlay project on Highway 173 in Newville, Ala.

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. Because of a tie, 11 projects were honored in 2016.

The award is named after Larry Lemon of Haskell Lemon Construction in Oklahoma City. Lemon served faithfully on the NAPA Awards Committee for 18 years, before serving as Chairman of the association’s Board of Directors in 2010 prior to his retirement. Lemon was instrumental in the creation of the rating system for the Quality in Construction Awards, which require qualitative analysis using data and test results to determine the winners.