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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.   

Georgia express lanes project
News April 20, 2018
The largest road project in Georgia’s state history is just about finished as officials with the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) announced that the Northwest Corridor Express Lanes project should wrap up by late summer.   The 30 miles of reversible express lanes stretch down parts of I-...
Mountrail County Rte. 6
Case Studies April 17, 2018
Eric Urness, P.E., central regional vice president with Interstate Engineering in Mandan, N.D., was working on plans to reconstruct a 11.5-mile section of BIA Rte. 6 from 86th Ave. to 31st Street in Mountrail County, N.D. Due to the recent growth of the oil industry in this area there has been a...
Milwaukee road adjustable risers
Case Studies April 13, 2018
Several years ago, the city of Milwaukee was experiencing issues with their cast-iron manhole risers installed throughout the area. “They’re usually fine, but on occasion they would slip or rattle out, and that led to car damage and claims—there was definitely room for improvement,” said Milwaukee’...
Crews continue to remove debris after Rte. 30 collapse in East Pittsburgh
News April 09, 2018
Following the collapse of a section of Rte. 30 in East Pittsburgh, crews are continuing to remove debris caused by the ensuing landslide and aiding residents of local homes and apartment complexes displaced by the event.   The road buckled and fell more than 30 ft down a deep embankment over...
A portion of Rte. 30 in East Pittsburgh collapsed, causing a landslide that destroyed an apartment complex below and has led to the need for demolition of another adjacent apartment complex.
News April 09, 2018
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is dealing with the situation no agency wants to face: a major road collapse. A portion of Rte. 30 in East Pittsburgh collapsed, causing a landslide that destroyed an apartment complex below and has led to the need for demolition of another...
I-90 Chicago 2016

Work on I-90 in the Chicagoland area in the summer of 2016.

News April 04, 2018
The rapidly deteriorating condition of Illinois roads, bridges, and transit systems is producing increased congestion and vehicle maintenance costs, and the annual cost of needed repairs currently stands at $4.6 billion per year, according to a new study released today by the Illinois Economic...
Margaret and Williams Street intersection

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

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-66 highway construction Virginia
News April 03, 2018
The first steps in major construction work on the I-66 toll lanes between the Capital Beltway and Gainesville, Va., is set to begin as soon as this weekend.   The Virginia Department of Transportation and the private companies set to build and operate the lanes under a decades-long deal expect to...
trucks only
News March 30, 2018
The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) is moving forward with plans to create interstate lanes designated solely for commercial vehicles on I-75.   According to GDOT, the truck-only lane project would be the first of its kind in the U.S. The department plans to hire a general engineering...
Wilkin County Highway #8 FDR
Case Studies March 29, 2018
Wilkin County, Minn., has stabilized an estimated 80 miles of gravel surface roadways and 30 miles of full-depth reclamation projects with the same base stabilizer. The county had a stabilized full-depth reclamation project scheduled for Wilkin County Highway #8 in 2014.   "Due to some unforeseen...
I-4 Ultimate Orlando
News March 26, 2018
An I-4 Ultimate construction worker has died after a rebar cage fell and struck him in Orlando, officials said.   SGL Constructors, the P3 joint venture operating the project on I-4, said Michael Tolman, 56, died after being struck around 9:45 a.m. Thursday at an I-4 west on-ramp at South Street...
EnviroTech Owl Canyon Road
Case Studies March 20, 2018
The Owl Canyon Corridor in northern Larimer County, Colo., is an 11-mile section of Larimer County Road 70 and 72 that serves as an important connection between U.S. Highway 287 and I-25. The westernmost three miles of the corridor is non-paved, consisting of a treated gravel surface.   As the...
Utah freeway
News March 15, 2018
The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) has made a final decision to convert U.S. 89 into a full freeway in Davis and Weber counties to connect Interstates 15 and 84.   UDOT approved and released late Tuesday a final state environmental study, making its decision for the new freeway final....
NJDOT uses permitting & routing software to save time & money
Case Studies March 13, 2018
Prior to 2010, New Jersey handled its oversize/overweight (OS/OW) permitting manually through the Motor Vehicle Commission using a non-route-specific paper process. To increase public safety and protect the state’s infrastructure, however, the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT)...
carpool lanes
News March 05, 2018
The Ventura County Transportation Commission in California recently awarded an engineering contract to add carpool lanes to help relieve congestion on U.S. Highway 101.   The commission awarded a contract of up to $15.2 million to consulting firm WSP for preliminary engineering design and...
Louisiana

The Fast Lane Grant provided $60 million for a $183 million road project on I-10. Image: LADOTD

Article March 02, 2018
LOUISIANA: Protection keeps system exposed by Bill Wilson, Editorial Director   Nobody wants to put someone to work lining up hospital beds beside a dumpster.   Taking care of the health of any community should always be put in the forefront, even if roads and bridges are left wrapped in bandages....
I-65 resurfacing Kentucky
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

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.

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...
Ultra thin overlay
Article March 02, 2018
Preservation is critical to maintain and operate a cost-effective and safe pavement infrastructure.   Wear from traffic results in loss of skid resistance accompanied or followed by cracking, penetration of water into the pavement structure, and concomitant deterioration of the pavement. Loss of...
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