Asphalt

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.   

Case Studies December 28, 2016
Like many cities and rural communities, the city of Bel Aire, Kan., located just north of Wichita, is experiencing increased traffic growth both in volume and load. 45th Street is one of the main east-west roads through the city and connects two minor arterial roadways. The asphalt street was so...
News December 28, 2016
The Ohio Turnpike is cutting back on its construction spending next year due to complaints from motorists that there were too many orange barrels on the highway this year.   The 2017 capital budget, approved last week by the Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission, calls for $121.4 million in...

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News December 16, 2016
A plan to add one car pool and express toll lanes to I-290 has been identified as the Illinois Department of Transportation's (IDOT) preferred option for the roadway, officials announced.   During an advisory group meeting Wednesday, IDOT officials provided an update on their proposed...
News December 15, 2016
Rhode Island officials have announced a new road design for the 6/10 Interchange in Providence aimed at improving safety, traffic flow and makes land available for development.   Gov. Gina M. Raimondo (D) ordered a fast-track reconstruction of the 6/10 Interchange, considered the state’s “most...

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News December 12, 2016
Virginia is set to sign a contract Thursday with a group of private companies promising to bring two toll lanes in each direction to Interstate 66 between the Capital Beltway and Gainesville.   The contract includes permission for the company to allow trucks to use the lanes for a higher toll...
News December 08, 2016
An infrastructure funding boost that was approved and paid for by Congress last year is once again on hold because of a short-term spending bill.   Under the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act passed in December 2015, investments in Highway Trust Fund transportation projects were...

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News December 07, 2016
The Lake County (Ill.) Division of Transportation has been working with the Village of Deerfield and the City of Highland Park to reconstruct Deerfield Road in Deerfield and resurface Deerfield Road in Highland Park.   The project began last February and the roadwork in Deerfield is nearly complete...
Article December 06, 2016
The ability to safely slow and stop a vehicle is not only dependent upon its tires, but also the surface characteristics of the pavement.   Pavement surfaces can be constructed with a more open surface texture to provide greater macrotexture for better high-speed performance during wet-pavement...

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Article December 06, 2016
When designing typical highway pavements, engineers at the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) strive to construct pavement structures that carry projected traffic loading for 20 to 25 years with little to no major maintenance.   However, Ohio currently has several asphalt concrete (AC)...

A truck bypass on the west side of Killdeer, N.D., was a project aimed at improving traffic flow and safety.

Article December 05, 2016
The Upper Great Plains states serve several functions. They are a large-scale agricultural region. They are home to several crucial, not-so-secret missle silos. They also serve as throughways for an incredible amount of freight­—in consequence of which, their roads and bridges sustain an enormous...
Article December 05, 2016
An emulsified asphalt “tack” or bond coat produces a strong adhesive bond that will prevent slippage between an existing pavement and a new overlay.   An asphalt emulsion for tack or bond coats—or surface treatments—is a homogeneous mixture of two insoluble substances, oil and water, in which...

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News December 02, 2016
The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) has identified $9 billion worth of unfunded priority project, including the widening of I-25 between Monument and Castle Rock, but is faced with a $1.41 billion budget for 2017, a budget which is at present over-burdened with maintenance requests.  ...

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News December 01, 2016
The Martin Luther King Freeway Extension, a new elevated roadway that connects the Midtown and Downtown tunnels in Portsmouth, Va., has opened a month ahead of its scheduled opening date.   Signs at each ramp and along Interstate 264 were uncovered Tuesday evening in preparation.   Construction of...

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News November 30, 2016
A $6 billion project aimed at enhancing the environment and reducing traffic congestion along the I-5 corridor between Solana Beach and Carlsbad in California kicked off Tuesday.   The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) and the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG), along...
News November 29, 2016
President-elect Donald Trump continues to fill his cabinet, and he picked one that has had a long shelf life as his next Transportation Secretary.   Elaine Chao was named to that position late Tuesday, Nov. 29. Chao served as Secretary of Labor under George W. Bush from 2001-2009, and also was...
News November 29, 2016
The drought in Mississippi this year is not only affecting recreational activities such as bonfires and camping, but is also affecting the state’s highways, according to the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT).   “Our roads have suffered the effects of extreme loss of rainfall...
News November 21, 2016
The Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) has substantially completed a project to reconstruct the S.R. 431 Mt. Rose Highway truck escape ramp. Prohibited to travel westbound during construction, commercial trucks are now permitted on both directions of Mt. Rose Highway.   The truck ramp,...
News November 17, 2016
In effort to more evenly distribute revenue derived by the state’s gas tax, Utah lawmakers have changed a complicated tax distribution formula in hopes of making dissemination more fair across the state.   Gov. Gary Herbert called a special session of the legislature to address this issue after the...
News November 14, 2016
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Case Studies November 09, 2016
When a project requires multiple grade changes, the details can quickly become complicated. Construction time and costs can increase exponentially if the right solution is not provided. K. J. Beamish Construction Co. was tasked with reconstructing a section of Bathurst Street for the Regional...
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