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I-65 in Clark County, Ind.
Asphalt Article March 04, 2019
More often than not on a paving job, it’s not the paving itself that proves to be the most challenging aspect—it’s handling the traffic.   Live traffic in close proximity to an active work zone presents numerous challenges and dangers, not least of which is worker safety. But the placement of a...
South Carolina I-85
Asphalt Article March 04, 2019
It’s impossible to convince rain to come again another day. Sloan Construction tested this hypothesis more times than it needed to.   Dark storm clouds meant extra work for the contractor, at least at the start of the I-85 project in South Carolina. An 11.8-mile stretch of highway was in such bad...
I-10 Riverside County, Calif.
Asphalt Article March 04, 2019
When working on one of the largest pavement rehabilitation projects in the history of the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) on one of the busiest interstate highways in the U.S., any contractor is going to have their work cut out for them.   Such was the task that Granite...
Bill Wilson
Asphalt Recycling Article February 05, 2019
President Trump has gotten his way with the wall.   This is not a news flash. Every time he wants something and others are not cooperating he quickly stacks up an emotional barrier that forces people to either find a way around it or makes them go back from where they came from. At press time the...
S.R. 101 Allen County Indiana
Asphalt Recycling Article February 05, 2019
There are only so many areas in the U.S. where transportation officials would need to consider accommodating horse-and-buggy traffic, but that was one of many factors taken into account when the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) decided to widen an 8.6-mile stretch of S.R. 101 in Allen...
U.S. 191 CIR job
Asphalt Recycling Article February 05, 2019
There’s not a whole ton of drama you can add to the story of a project that went according to plan.   While this is bad luck for a writer and his appetite for the most telling details, it is music to the ears of any road worker—and it played with deft symphonic resonance for the crews behind the U....
Rosehill Road
Asphalt Recycling Article February 05, 2019
Rediscovering yourself sometimes calls for a major purchase. The Jackson County, Mich., Department of Transportation is not ashamed of holding the receipt.   Business as usual was not going to help 900 miles of road take a turn for the better. Officials knew something different had to be done, and...
2018 Recycling awards
Asphalt Recycling News November 06, 2018
The deadline to submit project nominations for Roads & Bridges' 2018 Recycling Awards has been extended to Dec. 5. Nominations are accepted in the following categories: cold planing, full-depth recycling, hot in-place recycling and cold in-place recycling. Please list as many job challenges as...
2018 Recycling awards
Asphalt Recycling News October 26, 2018
You have only a few days left to nominate your recycling project to be considered for Roads & Bridges' 2018 Recycling Awards. The deadline to submit nominations is Nov. 2. Nominations are accepted in the following categories: cold planing, full-depth recycling, hot in-place recycling and cold...
NCAT RAP mix evaluation

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Asphalt 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. 50 Gunnison County
Asphalt Recycling Article February 02, 2018
The Four Bridges at Lake Fork drummed up enough business to support the Rainbow Hotel not far off of U.S. 50 in Gunnison County, Colo., in the early 20th century.   In fact, there were a few hotels in the area, as people of all types and from all different places came to admire the “new” U.S. 50...
Mason Business Center

The Mason Business Center lots had to remain available to employees throughout construction.

Asphalt Recycling Article February 02, 2018
So . . . how challenging can it really be to pave some parking lots?   Ubiquity and commonplace function serve to make such aspects of our infrastructure all but invisible—even as they are treated to the same pummeling use as all other forms of paved surfaces. A recent project in Mason, Ohio, that...
Elm Street downtown Manchester

The Elm Street rehabilitation project was conceived and funded as a complete streets project, in order to accommodate a variety of transportation modes.

Asphalt Recycling Article February 02, 2018
If one were to do a Yelp search for the best restaurants in downtown Manchester, N.H., a number of the top-rated spots would be found on Elm Street, a key thoroughfare that stretches from the south end to the north through the heart of the Queen City.   This particular corridor is in a crucial...
Arches National Park construction
Asphalt Recycling Article February 01, 2018
Arches National Park is located in the western U.S, just a few miles north of one of the eco-tourism capitals of the world, Moab, Utah.   This region of eastern Utah is a popular outdoor recreation area known for its hiking, backpacking, world-class mountain biking and adventures for 4-x-4 off-road...
Colorado project embraces new approach
Asphalt Pavers Article July 05, 2017
Unforeseen subgrade conditions, work-hour and construction-zone restrictions, heavy truck traffic and working in part of a floodplain—all these issues were encountered during the reconstruction of 30 miles of U.S. Rte. 85 (Ault to Wyoming) in northern Colorado.   Each of the issues had the...
A Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) pilot paving program is testing a 3-in. lift of recycled asphalt paving (RAP) on two sections of roadway in Armstrong County.

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Asphalt Recycling News June 16, 2017
A Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) pilot paving program is testing a 3-in. lift of recycled asphalt paving (RAP) on two sections of roadway in Armstrong County.   The program is being conducted through PennDOT’s Road Maintenance and Preservation (Road MaP) initiative, which Gov....
Crews repave Texas Motor Speedway the right way
Asphalt Pavers Article June 06, 2017
Having a ticket for some dry cleanings can lead to a lot of watching and waiting. Nobody would blame anyone if they walked out.   Many paying spectators were exiting early during races at the Texas Motor Speedway due to wet conditions. No matter how hard crews worked to dry the track, it usually...
The objective of this study was to evaluate how increasing the volume of virgin binder, using a softer grade of virgin binder or using a WMA chemical additive affected the durability and performance of RAP mixtures.

The objective of this study was to evaluate how increasing the volume of virgin binder, using a softer grade of virgin binder or using a WMA chemical additive affected the durability and performance of RAP mixtures. 

Asphalt Article April 28, 2015
Using reclaimed asphalt pavement (RAP) in asphalt mixtures can provide significant economic savings to contractors and highway agencies by reducing the demand for both the virgin binder and aggregates in asphalt mixtures.   Unfortunately, some highway agencies are reluctant to increase RAP content...
Total lift thickness for the roundabout was 6.5 in. The 19-mm mix was used for the first lift (2.5 in. thick) and second (2.25 in. thick), but Northeast Asphalt had to use a Wisconsin DOT higher ESAL mix for the 1.75-in. surface course.

Total lift thickness for the roundabout was 6.5 in. The 19-mm mix was used for the first lift (2.5 in. thick) and second (2.25 in. thick), but Northeast Asphalt had to use a Wisconsin DOT higher ESAL mix for the 1.75-in. surface course.

Asphalt Article March 02, 2015
Last year’s modern day Ice Age buried routes across the U.S. with its frozen malice.   Many public works officials had to pick through the remains of pavement during the spring and summer months of 2014.    Up in Wisconsin, the glacier-like effect left an 8.1-mile portion of State Trunk Highway (...
Two case study OGFCs were constructed as part of the 2012 NCAT Pavement Test Track, which used GTR-modified binders and no fibers. No cracking or raveling are evident in either test section to date.

Two case study OGFCs were constructed as part of the 2012 NCAT Pavement Test Track, which used GTR-modified binders and no fibers. No cracking or raveling are evident in either test section to date.

Asphalt Article February 06, 2015
Asphalt mixtures are commonly comprised of various ratios of aggregate, asphalt binder and air. While this is usually the case for standard dense-graded Superpave mix designs, specialty mixtures such as open-graded friction courses (OGFCs) and stone-matrix asphalt (SMA) mixes typically contain some...
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