October 15, 2014

GRAND JUNCTION, Colorado–Grand Junction-based United Companies of Mesa County and the Colorado DOT Region 3 have been awarded a 2011 “Best in Colorado” Asphalt Pavement Quality Award by the Colorado Asphalt Pavement Association (CAPA). The award is for the Best in Colorado in the Rural Highway Resurfacing Category and for highway improvement work on State Highway 141 Unaweep Canyon Overlay.

“We are very pleased to recognize United Companies and CDOT Region 3 for this accomplishment. It is truly an honor and speaks well of the quality of work and cooperation and partnership between the two organizations,” stated Tom Peterson, Colorado Asphalt Pavement Association executive director.

Receiving the award on behalf of paving contractor Four Corners Materials was Rick Bottenfield, paving superintendent and Raul Fonseca, paving foreman. CDOT Region 3 was represented by Project Engineer Devin Ray.

Project Description:

The project consisted of two foot shoulder widening, two inch heater remixing and a two inch overlay on an 11 mile section of State Highway 141 in western Colorado, south of Grand Junction. Approximately 30,400 tons of SX75 PG 64-22 with twenty-percent recycled asphalt pavement placed for a total incentive of $18,981.

The project was completed on time and $300,000 under budget. The prime contractor and CDOT coordinated work in conjunction with 3 separate access projects in a manner that the top mat of paving for all areas could be completed at the same time in order to eliminate unnecessary joints and tie ins.

As part of the project nomination, Todd Blake a CDOT Region 3 representative submitted the following:

“This letter is in recognition of the outstanding results achieved by the Region 3 Grand Junction residency team. The improvements to the drive- ability and ride-ability of this section of highway alone will be a major cost savings; however, the most significant improvement for maintenance and the traveling public will be the safety improvements that were accomplished during this project. The section had 10 to 11 foot driving lanes and little to no shoulders. Through the project, we have increased driving lanes to eleven feet and gained up to two foot shoulders throughout the project limits. This alone should reduce or eliminate the number of accidents in this area. Over all, this project will save lives and money for the tax payers of this state for many years to come.

The Colorado Asphalt Pavement Best in Colorado Quality Awards are presented annually to recognize the quality efforts of asphalt producers, contractors and agencies/owners in the State of Colorado. 58 nominations representing 38 projects were nominated for awards and 13 projects were recognized as Best in Colorado in a variety of categories. Nominations are judged on overall quality and smoothness. The awards dinner was held in conjunction with the 39th Annual Rocky Mountain Asphalt Conference and Equipment Show at the Crowne Plaza DIA on February 22, 2012.