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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.   

transportation pilot projects
News September 17, 2018
State officials recently announced that the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is aiming to increase opportunities for Small Business Enterprises (SBE) through a new pilot program where SBEs can compete to work as prime consultants on federally assisted engineering and design...
Northwest Corridor Express Lanes Georgia

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News September 13, 2018
The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT), state officials—including Gov. Nathan Deal—and project partners recently celebrated the completion and opening of the Northwest Corridor Express Lanes with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.   Construction for the project began in October 2014 and the lanes...
Oklahoma DOT traffic plan
News September 12, 2018
The Oklahoma Department of Transportation’s latest eight-year construction plan includes a major Tulsa project.   An $80 million project on I-44 west of the Arkansas River should go out for bid sometime in federal fiscal year 2021. The project was awarded a $45 million federal infrastructure grant...
highway construction
News September 10, 2018
The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is hoping to close on a contract by the end of the year that will allow it to rebuild 18 miles of I-75 in Oakland County 10 years early.   MDOT said in a news release Friday that it has identified a team of contractors and designers called the...
Loop 202 South Mountain Freeway

The fixed $916 million contract for the design and construction of the Loop 202 South Mountain Freeway made it the largest single highway project in Arizona’s state history.

Article September 04, 2018
More than one year after major construction began on the Loop 202 South Mountain Freeway, Arizona’s largest single highway project ever, progress has been swift.   Bridges have been built from the ground up, a massive amount of earth has been moved and compacted, and an emerging interchange has...
NCAT RAP mix evaluation

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News August 30, 2018
Cargill is partnering with the National Center for Asphalt Technology (NCAT) in Opelika, Ala., and the Minnesota Department of Transportation’s (MnDOT) MnROAD program in Albertville, Minn., to determine how to best implement performance-engineered mix design procedures, especially in mixes...
U.S. Highway 95 Las Vegas
News August 30, 2018
The Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) recently hit a midpoint project milestone for a $78 million U.S. Highway 95 corridor upgrade that broke ground earlier this year in northwest Las Vegas.    General contractor Las Vegas Paving recently completed a new southbound U.S. Highway 95 bridge...
I-95 widening

The I-95 widening project added two travel lanes from north of S.R. 44 to north of U.S. 92, and reconstructed interchanges at I-4, I-95 and U.S. 92.

Article August 29, 2018
Interstate 95 (I-95) is the main interstate highway on the East Coast of the U.S., running for almost 2,000 miles.   The state of Florida sees 382 miles of I-95 pass through its borders, where the southernmost portions transport traffic along the state’s Atlantic coast. The Florida Department of...
asphalt maintenance
News August 27, 2018
A Louisiana State University (LSU) team’s work with a shape memory polymer could potentially not only save the state’s roads but also money and time, according to a post from the school's College of Engineering.   In 2009, LSU Mechanical Engineering Professor Guoqiang Li received a grant from the...
highway projects
News August 24, 2018
A plan on how to spend $4 billion on highway and transit projects over the next six years was adopted Thursday by the Wasatch Front Regional Council in Utah.   Projects newly added to the council's list, which is updated annually, range from the new West Davis Corridor freeway in Davis and Weber...
exit and entrance ramps
News August 16, 2018
Several redesigned entrance and exit ramps from I-59/20 and I-65 in Birmingham, Ala., are expected to be open to the public later this month.    Gov. Kay Ivey made the announcement Wednesday from the top of the ramp leading to I-65 South from 17th Street North in Birmingham, the tallest ramp...
Adjustable risers improve paving in Milwaukee
Case Studies August 14, 2018
Stark Asphalt, headquartered in Milwaukee, is one of Wisconsin’s largest and most progressive paving firms. It has been in business for more than 50 years, operates four asphalt drum mix facilities and, in 2011, completed the single largest asphalt paving contract in the history of the Wisconsin...
highway improvements
News August 13, 2018
To accommodate a separate plan to build a pedestrian bridge providing access to the Las Vegas Stadium from the Strip, Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) officials are reexamining a $200 million project that includes reconstruction of the I-15 Tropicana interchange and the addition of high-...
Carmel 115 roundabouts

Since 1996, the city of Carmel has installed 115 roundabouts, more than any other city in the U.S.

Article August 02, 2018
Located just north of Indianapolis in Hamilton County, Ind., Carmel is a dynamic edge city with award-winning schools, thriving businesses and family-oriented neighborhoods.   Once thought of as a “bedroom community” to Indianapolis, today more people commute into Carmel to work during the day than...
transportation projects
News August 02, 2018
The U.S. Senate took action this week to send millions of dollars to Ohio for transportation and infrastructure projects.   Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) announced the bill's passage in a news release Wednesday afternoon.    The Transportation, Housing and Urban Development appropriations bill...
smart road extension
News August 01, 2018
Montgomery County, Va., officials have crafted a proposal to extend the Virginia Smart Road to I-81, creating a new highway link to Virginia Tech in Blacksburg.   The $215 million plan, which now goes before Virginia's Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) for consideration, would more than...
new highway
News July 26, 2018
The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) has plans to build a new highway in northeast El Paso.   Officials said the Northeast Parkway will help create an alternate route to get drivers from east to west El Paso and vice versa.   The highway would split at Loop 375 just before Railroad Drive...
NAPA Asphalt survey report
News July 18, 2018
Nearly 39% of asphalt pavement mixture produced in 2017 was produced as warm-mix asphalt at reduced temperatures, which decreases energy demands, reduces air emissions, and improves compaction at cooler temperatures, according to the latest survey report from the National Asphalt Pavement...
road work I-94 Michigan
News July 09, 2018
A massive $110 million road construction project kicks off Monday on a 9-mile stretch of I-94 in the Jackson, Mich., area.   The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) plans to reconstruct 1.4 miles of freeway between Lansing Avenue and Elm Road, resurface 3.5 miles between Lansing Avenue and...
ET Simonds manhole
Case Studies July 05, 2018
Since 2006, adjustable manhole risers have been just right for a project detail that had previously been a bit of a hassle for E.T. Simonds Construction Company in Carbondale, Ill. “We do all sorts of road-related work, and of course we do a lot of paving jobs that require the raising of manholes...
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