McCord highway job wins TRBA award for smooth ride

Friday, June 18, 2010

NASHVILLE -- The Tennessee Road Builders Association recently honored its contractors and aggregate members for their work and safety practices with awards for smooth paving and road improvement.

One of the awards is for work on State Route 50, the new Columbia Highway, also known as the James McCord Highway between the Marshall County line and Franklin Pike, just inside the Lewisburg town line.

The 4.7-mile resurfacing project was conducted by Lincoln Paving. That company's project superintendent was Ralph Smith. Melissa Cannon was the project supervisor for the Tennessee Department of Transportation.

Smooth Paving Awards are based on the ride-ability of asphalt pavement that is determined by TDOT. Smooth roads save travelers about 2.5 cents to 3 cents per mile in vehicle operating costs, such as fuel consumption, tire wear, maintenance and automobile depreciation.

"TRBA members are committed to making our slogan -- 'Good roads save lives, time and money' -- a reality for all Tennesseans," TRBA executive vice president Kent Starwalt said. "In partnership with TDOT, we are proud to recognize these outstanding contractors as Smooth Paving and Greatest Improvement Award recipients."

Smooth Paving Awards are presented for: small projects, costing less than $1 million; and large projects, costing more than $1 million. They're awarded for projects in each of the state's four TDOT regions.

Meanwhile, the Rogers Group, which owns and operates the Pottsville Quarry on Sate Route 99 in northwest Marshall County, was named as the 2009 TRBA Supplier of the Year.

Selected by TRBA prime contractors and subcontractor members, Rogers Group was selected on the following criteria: customer service; prompt delivery; product quality and knowledge; and support of TRBA.