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Alaska quake damage
Asphalt Paving Article March 04, 2019
At 8:29 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 30, 2018, the earth started rocking and shaking in Anchorage, Alaska.   At the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (DOT&PF) headquarters, ceiling tiles fell on desks, shelves and their contents spilled onto the floor, and families anxiously...
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...
NCAT test track
Asphalt Paving Article March 04, 2019
Located on a 309-acre site, the 1.7-mile NCAT Pavement Test Track is a world-renowned accelerated pavement testing facility that combines full-scale pavement construction with live, heavy truck trafficking for rapid testing and analysis of asphalt pavements.   Since its original construction in...
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...
Margaret and Williams Street intersection

The intersection at Margaret and Williams Street, which sees an ADT volume of 9,900 vehicles.

Asphalt Paving Article April 03, 2018
The village of Thornton, Ill., is about 25 miles south of downtown Chicago and 4 miles west of the Illinois/Indiana border, situated with access to the Illinois Tri-State Tollway, Illinois Rte. 1 (Halsted Street) and I-80.   The western portion of Thornton sits above 400-ft-deep sedimentary...
I-65 resurfacing Kentucky
Asphalt Paving 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

Asphalt Paving 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.

Asphalt Paving 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...
NMDOT Rte. 26
Asphalt Paving 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...
Tower Road live traffic paving

Traffic never stopped flowing during the Tower Road widening project.

Asphalt Paving Article February 01, 2018
Prolonged residential growth in the northeast portion of the Denver Metro area, along with expansion and continued development at Denver International Airport, has led to massive increased traffic and congestion along Tower Road, bringing movement through the corridor to a grinding halt during peak...
Top Road No. 3 2017
Asphalt Pavers Article October 05, 2017
Situated only 15 miles outside the famous Las Vegas strip, the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area is comprised of 198,000 acres of protected, nationally significant geological and ecological resources.   Stretching through the conservation area is a 13-mile-long one-way picturesque roadway...
Asphalt Paving News August 21, 2017
On Aug. 18, 2017, the editorial staff of Roads & Bridges magazine visited the $2.3 billion I-4 Ultimate project in Orlando, Fla. The 21-mile project site is presently at the midpoint of its construction, and the scale was enormous. We brought our 360 camera along for the trip. Here's another...
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...
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...
Construction projects in dense urban or suburban areas are among the most crucial to our national infrastructure, yet they also tend to be the least applauded.
Asphalt Paving Article March 02, 2017
Construction projects in dense urban or suburban areas are among the most crucial to our national infrastructure, yet they also tend to be the least applauded.   There are no gorgeous vistas to consider in photographs, no access offered on completion to theretofore unreachable beauties. Mostly,...
Large church, huge operation made SH 74 challenging
Asphalt Paving Article March 02, 2017
They attended to the church regularly.   Old State Highway (SH) 74 in Oklahoma City had been servicing cars for about a century, and the two-lane road, which was without shoulders, had been out of its element for years. With an average daily traffic of 30,000 (about 30% coming from trucks) people...
NAPA recognizes paving work on two- to five-lane expansion of S.R. 36 in Washington County, Tenn.
Asphalt Paving Article March 02, 2017
Where could transportation officials turn to in the event of a serious incident on an interstate highway that required them to divert traffic elsewhere?   When it comes to I-26, the answer for the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) was S.R. 36, a corridor that parallels the interstate...
Indiana DOT is not too anxious to return to warranties, but agency is interested after seeing positive results
Asphalt Paving Article February 09, 2017
After federal regulations resulting from the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991 (ISTEA) lifted a long-standing ban on using pavement warranties, many states across the U.S. experimented with various types of warranties.   Prior to ISTEA, the Federal Highway Administration (...
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