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Asphalt Paving Article July 15, 2010
Contractor's Choice Awards Gold Medal Winner - Asphalt Pavers Caterpillar AP-1055D Time and traffic had taken a toll on the Holland Tunnel, the four-lane I-78 thoroughfare connecting New York and New Jersey. The deterioration led the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to take action. “It...
Asphalt Pavers Article May 11, 2009
There is a slight parallelism between the state of our country today and in 1956, when President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed landmark legislation intended to shore up the nation’s defense and strengthen business and trade. The Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1956, also referred to as the National...
Asphalt Article May 11, 2009
Maine, along with many other states, is facing the daunting task of dealing with an aging interstate system. Built with concrete slabs in the early 1970s, I-295 from Gardiner to Topsham was suffering from accelerated deterioration caused by alkali-silica reactivity (ASR), a chemical reaction...
Asphalt Article May 11, 2009
Interest in the use of reclaimed asphalt pavement (RAP) has increased dramatically since the recent price increases in crude oil and energy in general. This interest will probably continue to grow, since many studies have shown that asphalt mixtures containing RAP can have equivalent performance to...
Asphalt Article May 11, 2009
With a large video screen showing coverage of America’s inauguration of change just off to the left, Lindy Paving stood together on a subtle stage in a ballroom at the San Diego Marriott Hotel & Marina and showed everyone exactly what it is capable of doing during a four-year run. The western...
Asphalt Article April 02, 2009
Most often when people think of California, they think of mild climates and warm weather. A place such as San Diego, where the temperature is eternally 70ºF and the sun is continually shining. The reality is that California’s climates vary more than any other state in the union. From the high...
Asphalt Article April 02, 2009
Rising energy costs and the need to reduce greenhouse gases have focused growing attention on the potential benefits of warm-mix asphalt (WMA) in the U.S. Key environmental factors for using WMA include the potential for reduced emissions and energy consumption at the plant. However, state...
Asphalt Paving Article May 20, 2008
Reducing crossover accidents on a two-lane road is a big plus for any paving job. Leo Journagan Construction Co. of Springfi eld, Mo., widened Rte. 37 in southwest Missouri, made the pavement smoother and reduced crossover accidents by separating the opposing lanes. The two travel lanes of this...
Asphalt Article May 14, 2008
Contractors must identify, define and overcome obstacles on every job. Intermountain Slurry Seal recently did just that to successfully microsurface a busy 15-mile California highway at night. In recognition of this achievement, the Salt Lake City, Utah-based contractor was honored for a second...
Asphalt Article March 12, 2008
From beer to bratwurst, the German influence in the city of Milwaukee is quite unmistakable. Although some European influences on the city are undeniable, a less-known influence is the concept of warm-mix asphalt. Although the idea of lowering the production and placement temperatures of hot-mix...
Asphalt Article September 05, 2007
Pavement engineers are always looking for better materials and techniques for constructing hot-mix asphalt (HMA) pavements. One of the most durable asphalt mixture types is stone-matrix asphalt (SMA). A premium mix for surfaces, SMA has been used in Europe for over 40 years to provide improved...
Asphalt Article March 12, 2007
For several years prior to 2005, the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) Metro Detroit Region had been searching for a viable project to perform its first thin concrete overlay. Since most MDOT Metro pavements were originally built with concrete, more than likely this would mean overlaying...
Asphalt Article October 01, 2005
The Kensington Expressway . . . it’s called the “Gateway to the City of Buffalo.” It’s the section of Highway 33 that stretches from the Buffalo Niagara International Airport and leads drivers to downtown Buffalo, N.Y. From Rte. 198 to Dick Road, this portion of the Kensington is heavily traveled...
Asphalt Paving Article October 01, 2005
Asphalt pickup has been a long-standing nuisance for paving contractors. When fine particles separate from the aggregate structure and adhere to the surface of a roller, openings are left in the asphalt mat and another step must be added to the paving process. A freshly paved surface that hasn’t...
Asphalt Paving Article June 20, 2005
The old adage about being penny-wise and pound-foolish is certainly applicable when it comes to cost considerations for pavement structures. On the one hand, if the pavement designed is inadequate for the traffic or soil conditions, then any amount of money saved in building it is soon overshadowed...
Asphalt Paving Article June 20, 2005
Apparently I don’t pitch well on AstroTurf. Back in February I wrote a column (see I hear to tell you, p 5) tossing out solutions for pavement noise. I thought I had three solid pitches: sound walls, porous friction courses and longitudinal tining. I’m told there is a fourth, and it may come at you...
Asphalt Paving Article May 10, 2005
While there are paving contractors who own and operate cold planers, there are many who opt for subcontracting out that portion of their repaving contracts to a planer specialist. There are many reasons for this move. One is they do not tie up working capital or incur debt associated with the...
Asphalt Paving Article May 10, 2005
Feel sorry for landfill owners if pavement contractors get a hold of a new report from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). Landfill business might go into a substantial decline if more people find out about how pavement can be recycled and used in new roads. The report, Transportation...
Asphalt Paving Article February 10, 2005
Not many contractors stay in business for nearly 90 years without taking some calculated risks. From the company’s beginnings with heavy-duty construction equipment to today with its most technologically advanced equipment, Holmes & Murphy Inc., Orchard Park, N.Y., has never backed down from a...
Asphalt Paving Article September 09, 2004
Few things move slow at Infineon Raceway in California’s Sonoma County. NASCAR drivers take the 2.2-mile European-style road course’s 12 turns at speeds upwards of 150 mph. When the highly used track needs repaving, it takes fast work by a skilled crew. Deadlines and tight schedules are nothing...
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