2008 ACPA National Awards

Date Published: Monday, September 15, 2008

Cedar Valley Corp. was honored with two prestigious Gold Awards at the 19th Annual ACPA Excellence in Concrete Pavement Convention, held in December 2008. Awards honor quality concrete pavements constructed in the United States and Canada each year. This year Cedar Valley Corp. was honored for two projects.

Highway 60/75, Le Mars Bypass, Plymouth County, Iowa
While designed as a typical Iowa bypass project, this project turned out to be anything but typical.  Faced with an aggressive contract period, CVC was given an approximate start date of April 17, 2006.  However, formal access to the project was not granted until July 6, 2006.  Proactively partnering with the IDOT to redevelop a plan that reflected the same overall goal of completing the project during the 2006 construction season, Cedar Valley Corp. was able to pave nearly 260,000 square yards of paving in the waning months of 2006.  Despite the time crunch, what really makes this project stand out is the exceptional quality of the finished project.  We paved 38 lane miles of mainline paving without any corrective grinding and met the IDOT maximum incentive bonuses for concrete mix control and concrete thickness. 

"Your entire field staff showed a commitment to deliver quality and craftsmanship.  It is an honor to be a part of such a high quality concrete product."  -IDOT Resident Construction Engineer, Darwin Bishop

Highway 60/75, LeMars Bypass, Plymouth County, Iowa       Highway 60/75, LeMars Bypass, Plymouth County, Iowa

County Road B-14, Palo Alto County
This winning project was a farm-to-market road which consisted of 5.78 miles of eight inch concrete paving.  The project was broken into two divisions with about 1.5 miles separating them and served a multi-million dollar egg processing plant, along with a large cattle operation and 11 farmsteads.  Planning is important with any project, so Cedar Valley Corp. urged all affected property owners and law, fire and emergency personnel to attend a preconstruction meeting where details were given as to what to expect in regard to scheduling, the paving sequence, construction traffic and driving on unopened sections of road.  Continuous access was guaranteed to Daybreak Foods, a company that hauls semi-loads of chickens, egg products, feed and waste products around the clock.  CVC crews worked every evening after a pour to remove stringline and grade shoulders which enabled property owners immediate access and developed a procedure to determine concrete strength using a nondestructive method to develop maturity which allowed quick turnaround.  Driveway access and attention to haul roads were two other ways CVC worked to please the public in the construction of this worthy ACPA award winning project. 

"Yes, this project is a tremendous success!  Cedar Valley's crew, as well as County people, utility personnel, local businesses and residents, the Iowa Concrete Paving Association staff, and others, all came together to produce a superior roadway." - John W. Wright, Assistant to the Palo Alto County Engineer regarding County Road B-14

County Road B-14, Palo Alto County, Iowa       County Road B-14, Palo Alto County, Iowa