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Welcome to the Asphalt Channel, a special feature that provides the user an in-depth look at the hot-mix asphalt industry.  This section offers several areas to explore: product spotlights, article archives, related case studies, related video and product/supplier contact list.   

Utah freeway
News March 15, 2018
The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) has made a final decision to convert U.S. 89 into a full freeway in Davis and Weber counties to connect Interstates 15 and 84.   UDOT approved and released late Tuesday a final state environmental study, making its decision for the new freeway final....
NJDOT uses permitting & routing software to save time & money
Case Studies March 13, 2018
Prior to 2010, New Jersey handled its oversize/overweight (OS/OW) permitting manually through the Motor Vehicle Commission using a non-route-specific paper process. To increase public safety and protect the state’s infrastructure, however, the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT)...
carpool lanes
News March 05, 2018
The Ventura County Transportation Commission in California recently awarded an engineering contract to add carpool lanes to help relieve congestion on U.S. Highway 101.   The commission awarded a contract of up to $15.2 million to consulting firm WSP for preliminary engineering design and...

The Fast Lane Grant provided $60 million for a $183 million road project on I-10. Image: LADOTD

Article March 02, 2018
LOUISIANA: Protection keeps system exposed by Bill Wilson, Editorial Director   Nobody wants to put someone to work lining up hospital beds beside a dumpster.   Taking care of the health of any community should always be put in the forefront, even if roads and bridges are left wrapped in bandages....
I-65 resurfacing Kentucky
Article March 02, 2018
Scotty’s Contracting, out of Bowling Green, Ky., has a long familiarity with I-65.   They have been the prime contractors on a comprehensive expansion of 92 contiguous miles of the interstate in the state of Kentucky—work that dates back to the 1990s and is presently still ongoing near...
U.S.  74 Charlotte

Image: NCDOT

Article March 02, 2018
As much of a headache as it may be for one contractor to finish a job started by another, it could be even trickier when the road widening project in question is out of phase and has an uneven intermediate surface course.   That is precisely what Lane Construction Corp. had to work with when they...
U.S. Rte. 17-74-76

NCDOT wanted to expand U.S. Rte. 17-74-76 from four lanes to six lanes.

Article March 02, 2018
The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) needs to feel like a kid at a vegetable stand.   Up until this year, the NCDOT gazed upon candy that was stacked high . . . 12-high to be exact. That is how many mixes the state agency could choose from for an asphalt paving project. Now it is...
Ultra thin overlay
Article March 02, 2018
Preservation is critical to maintain and operate a cost-effective and safe pavement infrastructure.   Wear from traffic results in loss of skid resistance accompanied or followed by cracking, penetration of water into the pavement structure, and concomitant deterioration of the pavement. Loss of...
Alaska precutting
Article March 02, 2018
Asphalt concrete (AC) is widely used as the surface layer for roadway pavement structure.   In cold regions, pavement structures covered with an asphalt concrete surface layer are usually vulnerable to thermal cracks. As asphalt pavement is cooled, the pavement contracts at a rate governed by the...
I-90 Cuyahoga County

I-90 in Cuyahoga County was one of the locations where ODOT installed longitudinal diamond grooving.

Article March 02, 2018
In Ohio, it’s important to look at pavement solutions in relation to the current highways—only 2-3% of the pavements in the state system are concrete.   Composite pavements (asphalt over brick or concrete) represent 45-48%, and the remainder are full-depth asphalt. The Ohio Department of...
asphalt fatigue cracking
Article March 02, 2018
Nationwide, all state departments of transportation (DOTs) have long dealt with the problem of asphalt cracking, which is the primary type of distress that creates the need for pavement rehabilitation.   With a focus in recent years on making asphalt mixes more affordable, the use of recycled...
road resurfacing
News March 02, 2018
A $28 million resurfacing project of I-894 between National Avenue and 84th Street in Milwaukee will begin this weekend, and when complete, will add 33% more capacity to that portion of the interstate, according to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT).   The project will add a fourth...
Mountain View Corridor project

Image: Traffic Technology Today

News February 28, 2018
Engineering and planning consultant Michael Baker International (MBI) has announced completion of the second phase of the Mountain View Corridor project on S.R. 85 to the west of Salt Lake City.   MBI served as the lead designer for the second phase of the project, which included the full design...
interstate reconstruction and widening
News February 27, 2018
The Illinois Tollway is beginning work on the reconstruction and widening of the westbound side of the Reagan Memorial Tollway (I-88) between I-290 and York Road in Oak Brook.   More than 130,000 vehicles use this stretch of I-88 daily in the state. Electronic message signs and construction signage...
Big French Creek
Article February 26, 2018
When visitors drive by the portion of S.R. 299 in California known as Big French Creek, they may notice the rock-fall protection fence or perhaps other improvements; but they most likely have no idea what local residents, the traveling public and the California Department of Transportation (...
road widening
News February 23, 2018
Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy called Thursday for widening the congested I-95 in key spots in order to relieve long-running bottlenecks, starting at the New York state border and extending into southeastern Connecticut.   The plan calls for widening the southbound side of I-95 from the New York...
major highway projects
News February 21, 2018
Gov. John Bel Edwards and Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (LaDOTD) Secretary Shawn D. Wilson announced the state’s intention to utilize federal Grant Anticipation Revenue Vehicle Bonds (GARVEE Bonds) to construct four major projects in three areas of Louisiana that have been...
interstate connection
News February 19, 2018
Officials anticipate the connection between I-95 and the Pennsylvania Turnpike, a project 50 years in the making, will be open by late summer/early fall 2018.   Since I-95′s completion in 1969, plans called for creating a seamless link between the interstate and the turnpike. In 2018, project...
NMDOT Rte. 26
Article February 12, 2018
Originally constructed in 1905 by the Territorial Legislative Assembly, and containing segments of the old Rte. 26 from Deming to Nutt and a stretch from Nutt to Hatch (which were originally Rte. 27), Rte. 26 in New Mexico was shown, in a map dated 1927, as a “first class” road between Deming and...
road widening
News February 09, 2018
A project to widen 6 miles of U.S. 95 in northwest Las Vegas has begun.   Las Vegas Paving won the $64.6 million general contract for the work between Durango Drive and Kyle Canyon Road. The project will expand the highway from four to six lanes to relieve congestion and improve safety, according...
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