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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.   The product spotlights contain information and photos of equipment relevant to the industry.   The article library contains all stories related to asphalt roads pulled from the rich archives of Roads & Bridges magazine and our Asphalt Today supplement magazine.

Article September 09, 2014
In July, the Northeast Anthony Henday Project, the final leg of the new ring road around Edmonton, Alberta, reached its halfway point.   The massive project includes the construction of 17 miles of six- and eight-lane divided roadway and 47 bridge structures, including 37 highway bridges and...
Article September 09, 2014
The recent redesign of a disjointed section of the Arborway through Boston’s Forest Hills/Jamaica Plain neighborhoods became a transformative endeavor, as an army of designers, consultants, government agencies and stakeholder groups worked for months to strike a balance between livability and...
News September 09, 2014
When construction eventually begins on the proposed Intermountain West Corridor, designated I-11, it will have a home in Nevada after the state transportation board selected U.S. 95 as the connector between Las Vegas and I-80. Decisions still must be made on how the proposed interstate will serve...
Case Studies August 07, 2014

A Cobblestone texture was required for retaining walls in the parking lot and the emergency entrance; the former was 9 ft high and the latter was 15 ft high.

When the Maine General Hospital started construction on the Alfond Center for Health, they had some unique challenges to face.   The hilly site required 23,000 sq ft of retaining walls to create level areas for buildings and roads. “There was 50 ft of grade difference across the site. This required...
Article August 05, 2014
Access into Louisville, Ky., from Indiana has long been limited to two interstate bridges and one local-access bridge.   The Kennedy Bridge (I-65) provides direct access through downtown Louisville and Jeffersonville, Ind. Traffic has long exceeded the bridge’s capacity. Earlier attempts to...
Article August 05, 2014
They needed a weekend to think it over.   In preparation for the demolition of the Ontario Street ramp, which spanned the Kennedy Expressway (I-90/94) in Chicago, prime contractor Paschen and subcontractor Omega Demolition were bracing for a series of separate closures on one of the most prime...
Article August 05, 2014
Ybor City, located northeast of Tampa’s downtown, is one of only two National Historic Landmark Districts in Florida.   Red brick buildings, wrought iron balconies and narrow brick streets give it an old-world charm that is a refreshing contrast from the area’s Gulf beaches and gleam of the city’s...
Article August 05, 2014
Change is coming to Atlanta’s Ponce de Leon Avenue, and the Spanish explorer would have been proud to see a street named after him leading a movement into the future.   Starting in mid-2016—or so the project team hopes—this major east-west corridor on the city’s northeast side will begin its...
Case Studies August 01, 2014
Road departure devices
The city of Varenne, Québec, is on a mission to improve the safety of Canadian highways while saving taxpayer dollars. After recently completing a bridge replacement project on Autoroute 30, the city of Varenne decided to upgrade already-installed road departure devices.   Many contractors,...
Products July 30, 2014
Available in 125-, 200-, 260- and 400-gal tank capacities, CrackPro oil-jacketed melter/applicators for hot pour crack filling offer the industry’s fastest heat-up and recovery time, with material ready to apply in one hour. With both the burner and engine powered by diesel fuel, CrackPro Heated...
Products July 30, 2014
Use the 1,000-gal trailer-mounted emulsion tank to conveniently supply your DuraPatchers or other pavement maintenance equipment. Heavy-duty 14,000 lb-capacity trailer uses a rectangular tube chassis with dual axles for easy towing on four E-rated tires. Turnkey package includes electric brakes,...
News July 23, 2014
Roads and bridges that are deficient, congested or lacking desirable safety features cost Texas motorists a total of $25.1 billion statewide annually—more than $1,700 per driver in the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington area—due to higher vehicle operating costs, traffic crashes and congestion-related...
News July 11, 2014
America’s rural heartland is home to nearly 50 million people, and its natural resources provide the energy, food and fiber that support the nation’s economy and way of life. But, a new report finds that the nation’s rural transportation system, which is critical to the nation’s booming agriculture...
News July 09, 2014
The Illinois Tollway continued construction this week on the 75th Street Interchange on the Tri-State Tollway (I-294). Temporary, overnight ramp closures are scheduled to begin on the ramps connecting 75th Street to northbound I-294. Electronic message signs and directional signs will be put in...
Products June 24, 2014
BOMAG’s MPH 364-2 reclaimer/stabilizer features a rear-slung rotor and is suited for soil stabilization and full-depth asphalt reclamation projects. This machine offers mobility and maneuverability on municipal jobsites and secondary county road projects. Cummins engine power and Automatic Power...
Article June 24, 2014
Steely determination is needed to propel a car around a racetrack at the limit of adhesion, to push it through a corner always on the verge of sliding into the wall and not be distracted by thoughts about spinning off the track, into a barrier and off to the hospital. Drivers need confidence in...
News March 11, 2014
The March issue of ROADS & BRIDGES covers the Sheldon G. Hayes award winners, which is the top asphalt-paving honor from the National Asphalt Pavement Association. Colorado's flood recovery efforts is this month's cover story. Tom Kuennen has authored a piece on how the state rebuilt much of...
Article March 11, 2014
It is the biggest change in asphalt specifications in California since the state transportation department went to a quality control/quality assurance model in the 1990s, and that has a lot of people very nervous. Up against a July 1 implementation deadline, Caltrans engineers and representatives...
Article March 11, 2014
When torrential rains unprecedented in memory wiped out miles of roads and bridges in Colorado’s populated Front Range last September, state, city and county road agencies joined with road contractors and civil engineers in an extraordinary public-private-sector effort to reopen the roadways before...
Article March 11, 2014
Density is usually a good thing in asphalt pavement. The more density, the better. Occasionally road builders want gaps in the asphalt, though, voids that make the asphalt layer permeable. The asphalt lift on top of the concrete sub-base on U.S. 75, for example, was supposed to be permeable. Knife...
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