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S.T. Wooten Corp. Wins National Airport Paving Award

HAVELOCK, NC — The National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) announces S.T. Wooten Corp. of Wilson, North Carolina, as the winner of the 2022 Ray Brown Asphalt Pavement Award for excellence in construction of an asphalt pavement. S.T. Wooten Corp. was recognized at a ceremony during NAPA’s 2023 Annual Meeting in Miami Beach, Florida.

“The asphalt pavement industry is committed to building high-quality projects that deliver superior performance to the traveling public. All contractors’ projects earning a Quality in Construction award are measured against best practices designed to live up to that commitment,” said 2022 NAPA Chairman of the Board James A. Mitchell. “Earning the Ray Brown Asphalt Pavement Award demonstrates that S.T. Wooten Corp. has met or exceeded these rigorous standards.” 

S.T. Wooten Corp. won the award for the MCAS Cherry Point Airfield repair project in Havelock, N.C. The company paved two runways at Cherry Point with an asphalt paver with a vibratory screed. A portable asphalt plant was erected on site to facilitate efficient hauling of the mix to the paver and to improve mix temperature retention. Wooten saw-cut the cold longitudinal joints to vertical and applied tack before placing the adjacent lane.

A material transfer vehicle ensured a smooth pavement was placed without mix or temperature segregation. S.T. Wooten used non-tracking tack during paving to avoid causing foreign object debris damage to the aircraft using adjacent runways and taxiways. This type of tack also prevents the pickup of mix or aggregate by paving equipment.

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