March 14, 2011

Ogden, UTAH–The National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) presented Staker Parson Companies the 2010 Sheldon G. Hayes Award, recognizing the Davis County Lane Gain project as the single best highway pavement project in the nation, at its 56 annual meeting held Feb. 9 in Orlando. Fla.

The Lane Gain project added an HOV lane in each direction of traffic on I-15 from the State Street overpass to the South Layton interchange (Exit 330). The project also provided a longer transition lane for traffic entering the freeway at the South Layton on-ramp, greatly improving the traffic safety in the area.

Hundreds of Utah residents drive the I-15 corridor daily and can attest to the traffic congestion that occurred in the Farmington/Layton area prior to adding additional lanes last year. Brandon LeFevre, South Wasatch general manager for Staker Parson Companies, also drives the stretch of I-15 regularly and took additional pride in overseeing the much-needed Lane Gain project.

LeFevre accepted the award for Staker Parson Companies at the meeting where NAPA aired a prepared congratulatory video message from Gov. Gary Herbert, who said, “Despite many obstacles, this winning project produced a smooth, durable pavement and provides one of the best rides in the Utah highway system. The State of Utah is very proud of Staker Parson Companies’ commitment to quality.”

The project was originally scheduled to be completed after Legacy Parkway. “We recognized that it would be unsatisfactory for motorists to drive into a road construction zone after enjoying the drive on the newly-completed Legacy Parkway,” said Scott Parson, president of Staker Parson Companies. “Through careful planning, collaboration and scheduling with all of the partners, including the Utah Department of Transportation and Parsons Brinckerhoff, we were able to complete our project ahead of schedule so that the projects opened simultaneously to the public.”

The Sheldon G. Hayes award winner is determined through a two-step process. First, the project must win a NAPA Quality in Construction Award based on how the road meets and exceeds specifications for hot-mix asphalt production, placement and compaction. The next year, the project may be considered for the Sheldon G. Hayes award. The project is again evaluated for its smoothness and visually inspected by an independent pavement consultant.