Roads

Welcome to the Roads Channel, a special feature that provides the user an in-depth look at the road industry. This section offers several areas to explore: product spotlights, article archives, related case studies, related video and product/supplier contact list.

Stone Strong Systems retaining walls
Case Studies
In a project commissioned by the Gold Coast City Council and supervised by leading Australian manufacturer and installer of soil stabilization and retaining systems, Concrib, several retaining walls were built at different locations around a road upgrade site recently.   According to Concrib...
Team Lab base stabilization
Case Studies
Lake Eunice Township was looking for a solution for a section of gravel-surface road that connects two north- and southbound bituminous-surface roadways. This section of Deroxe Road is 26 ft wide and 1.1 miles long and has an average daily traffic of 150. This road is the only east- and westbound...
EJ Case Study
Case Studies
A section of roadway in Huntington, N.Y., was prone to flooding. Officials with the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) had a plan to eliminate the significant ponding, but they had difficulty finding a partner to supply the grates and frames for their “extreme” trench-system...
Concrete road construction
Case Studies
It isn’t often you will hear a contractor say productivity is not important. In the case of road-repair projects, the urgency to complete the work is even greater. It’s the reason an 18-month road-repair project in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, required an extra push from one local concrete crew and a...
Asphalt manhole covers
Case Studies
Where Fort Street runs through Detroit's heavily industrialized southwest side, a section of it immediately adjoins a huge Marathon Oil Co. refinery. The major roadway carries a great deal of heavy truck traffic, including semitrucks hauling steel—and yet some infrastructure under the street still...
Rankin Bridge
Case Studies
Originally built to accommodate streetcars and rising automobile traffic six decades ago, the historic Rankin Bridge has long served as a critical access point to Pittsburgh’s large steel industry. Today, the four-lane, 505-ft-long cantilever bridge—a steel superstructure resting 75 ft above the...
Nebo Loop Scenic Byway
Case Studies
Utah County, Utah, which is located south of Salt Lake City, needed to bolster the Nebo Loop Scenic Byway with a quality pavement system that protects against reflective cracking and reduces the maintenance and lifecycle costs of the road. The rugged canyon environment and resulting road layout...
Owensboro, Ky., streets rebuilt to accommodate hospital project
Case Studies
As part of a project to build a new regional hospital in Owensboro, Ky., surrounding roads Pleasant Valley Drive and Daniels Lane required reconstruction. However, the project’s contract had no provision for stabilizing soft soils below the conventional pavement sections. Proof rolling the prepared...
Rankin Bridge
Case Studies
Originally built to accommodate streetcars and rising automobile traffic six decades ago, the historic Rankin Bridge has long served as a critical access point to Pittsburgh’s large steel industry.   Today, the four-lane, 505-ft-long cantilever bridge—a steel superstructure resting 75 ft above the...
Manhole cover
Case Studies
Traditionally designed manhole covers or other street castings can contribute to problems such as bumpier streets, affecting the quality of life in cities for pedestrians, cyclists and vehicle occupants. The SELFLEVEL® access assembly by EJ is an innovative solution, with easy installation,...
Case Studies
When maintaining roadways, it’s important to include the shoulders as part of the process. If untreated, the shoulder will deteriorate causing the pavement edges to weaken and allowing moisture penetration into the roadway, ultimately affecting the road itself. The Arizona Department of...
The Imperial County, Calif., government operates an airport with two runways that supports general aviation and commercial aircraft. In 2009, the county needed to rehabilitate a taxiway to allow the airport to continue to serve this traffic. The county sought an affordable way to create a new taxiway with a superior projected design life.
Case Studies
The Imperial County, Calif., government operates an airport with two runways that supports general aviation and commercial aircraft. In 2009, the county needed to rehabilitate a taxiway to allow the airport to continue to serve this traffic. The county sought an affordable way to create a new...
Concrete saws
Case Studies
The weight of traffic, especially freight, can take a toll on highways and roadways. This is the case with I-16 in Laurens and Treutlen counties in central Georgia. I-16 is a major transport highway linking ports in Savannah along the Atlantic Ocean to Macon and Atlanta. The highway had been...
Redi-Rock gravity retaining walls
Case Studies
When the city of Lacey, Wash., set out to rebuild a 6,000 ft section of Carpenter Road, the main goal was to convert the two-lane arterial road to a four- to five-lane arterial.   “The challenge was that the road went through a commercial and residential area so we were really tight on right-of-way...
 XL 3100 IV Gradall excavator
Case Studies
Like most cities and counties in the state of Florida, keeping storm-water drainage mechanisms clear and functioning is a top priority for Casselberry, Fla.   From catch basins to culverts and retention ponds, water management is a critical job for this residential community on the outskirts of...
Road Stabilized for Heavy Vehicles
Case Studies
In Clearfield County, Penn., heavy trucks exploring natural gas formations had made Four Mile Road, an unpaved forestry arterial maintained by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), unsuitable for traffic. The project owner—an oil and natural gas company—needed an...
Intercounty Paving shoots for smoothness incentives on JFK job
Case Studies
Contractors that handle the big jobs—airports and interstates in particular—have more needs from a paver than they can count. But the exceptional contractors, a list that includes Intercounty Paving Associates in Hicksville, N.Y., always remember the basics.   “The jobs we work have tight deadlines...
Polymer-modified asphalt seals the deal for New York state
Case Studies
New York Rte. 219 in Western New York is a 65 mph limited-access four-lane divided highway. Within the last few years, the composite pavement was milled and resurfaced.  However, recent reflective cracking over the transverse and longitudinal joints has created a maintenance problem for the New...
manhole riser
Case Studies
Chicago is the nation’s third most populated city, after New York and Los Angeles. And though it has a total of about 9,500 lane-miles, it ranks last of all major U.S. cities in terms of freeway miles per capita. This means Chicago’s paving contractors, such as Bigane Paving, are usually working on...
AHP Case of the Week

The risers are easy to install prior to paving—inlet grates are removed, the original utility frames are cleaned and the steel risers are slipped into the frame.

Case Studies
Asphalt overlays are usually routine exercises. They are important, sure, and hard to do well, but the contractors, owners and designers of these projects tend to be very experienced, and the technical challenges are well-understood. Put another way, there are not too many surprises on an overlay...
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