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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.   

new freeway plans
News October 10, 2018
The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) plans to turn the U.S. 1 Capital Boulevard into a freeway from I-540 in Raleigh north through Wake Forest and will present its plans at public meetings this week.   The limited-access highway would be free of traffic lights and driveways, and...
SH 288 Toll Lanes Project
Article October 04, 2018
No road project comes down to statistics alone—though when you have a project as massive and challenging as our No. 2 road project of 2018, you might be forgiven a mea culpa for thinking so.   The $850 million SH 288 Toll Lanes project in Houston, Texas, consists of the expansion and rehabilitation...
Northwest Corridor Express Lanes
Article October 04, 2018
It did not happen until the opening day of the Northwest Corridor Express Lanes in Atlanta, Ga., but Zach Folmar finally saw more than enough qualified people.   The lack of skilled workers is not a new trend in the road and bridge construction market, but activity in the Atlanta area double-...
Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Tunnel Project
Article October 04, 2018
Before most grand openings like this, customers are at least allowed to pass along in a line and look at the goods.   The Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Project will use the more traditional methods before the ribbon cutting. Everyone will have to stay off the property while just the workers mill...
I-40, Devil Dog Wash
Article October 04, 2018
“It’s a quiet little town.”   That’s how Gannett Fleming Project Manager Karen Hobbs describes the town of Flagstaff. And she’s not wrong. A small metropolis of 70,000 souls, Flagstaff is couched in the mountainous, arboreal landscape of northern Arizona, a region that sees more than 11,000 freeze-...
Springdale Northern Bypass (Future Highway 412)
Article October 04, 2018
Situated within the Boston Mountains and Springfield Plateau subregions of the Ozarks, the region of Northwest Arkansas (NWA) has more than doubled in population over the last two decades and is currently the 22nd fastest-growing metropolitan area in the country.   In order to meet the...
Weld County Road 49 Design-Build
Article October 04, 2018
Serving as one of the only major connections to Denver and the surrounding areas, Weld County Road 49 is a crucial farm-to-market corridor for the agricultural industry, and is a key thoroughfare for the regional oil and gas industry.   Before construction, the existing two-lane roadway was in poor...
I-75/University Parkway DDI
Article October 04, 2018
Since 2009, dozens of diverging diamond interchanges (DDIs) have been built across the U.S. None, however, have been delivered in the state of Florida until this year, when the I-75 Interchange Project at University Parkway in Sarasota involved the construction of the state’s first DDI along with...
Riverside Drive
Article October 04, 2018
Gathering Place, Tulsa’s Riverfront Park is a 66.5-acre park located in the heart of Tulsa, Okla.   It skirts the Arkansas River and is adjacent to a smattering of residential developments.   The City of Tulsa funded and administered the surrounding infrastructure projects through a sales tax and...
Lakefront West Project
Article October 04, 2018
The city of Cleveland has been up-and-coming for going on two decades now, and a significant contributor to this growth and enrichment has been smart investment in infrastructure—investment that sets community needs as priority one.   “The Lakefront West Project was a partnership between the Ohio...
U.S. 17 in Zolfo Springs
Article October 04, 2018
U.S. 17 is a major north-south arterial in the state of Florida, and provides the most direct route between Orlando and the southwest part of the state. Traversing through the cities of Punta Gorda, Arcadia, Zolfo Springs, Wauchula, Fort Meade and Bartow, the corridor serves as a major trucking...
Wekiva Parkway Section 8 Seminole County, Fla.

Image: Lane Construction

News October 04, 2018
Lane Construction Corp. has won a design-build contract in Florida to construct the Wekiva Parkway (Section 8) in Seminole County.    The contract, valued at $253 million, supports Lane’s recently renewed strategy in the U.S., which is focused on building large-scale, complex infrastructure. Lane...
interchange reconstruction
News October 01, 2018
The Indiana Department of Transportation's (INDOT) latest plan to reconstruct the ailing I-65/I-70 North Split includes not adding more lanes, the agency announced recently.   The project goals include updating the 32 decaying bridges and pavement, and bring the interchange up to modern standards...
bus route express lanes
News September 27, 2018
Washington State transportation officials have agreed to create direct transit lines between the booming South Lake Union and the Eastside in Seattle by building a new reversible I-5 express lane between S.R. 520 and Mercer Street for buses only.   The $70 million project, scheduled to open in 2023...
highway widening
News September 27, 2018
In the largest grant it has ever received, the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) was rewarded with a $90.2 million Infrastructure For Rebuilding America (INFRA) grant to widen part of I-84.   The grant serves as 60% of the funding needed to expand 2.8 miles of I-84 from the Karcher Interchange...
transportation pilot projects
News September 17, 2018
State officials recently announced that the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is aiming to increase opportunities for Small Business Enterprises (SBE) through a new pilot program where SBEs can compete to work as prime consultants on federally assisted engineering and design...
Northwest Corridor Express Lanes Georgia

Image: GDOT

News September 13, 2018
The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT), state officials—including Gov. Nathan Deal—and project partners recently celebrated the completion and opening of the Northwest Corridor Express Lanes with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.   Construction for the project began in October 2014 and the lanes...
Oklahoma DOT traffic plan
News September 12, 2018
The Oklahoma Department of Transportation’s latest eight-year construction plan includes a major Tulsa project.   An $80 million project on I-44 west of the Arkansas River should go out for bid sometime in federal fiscal year 2021. The project was awarded a $45 million federal infrastructure grant...
highway construction
News September 10, 2018
The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is hoping to close on a contract by the end of the year that will allow it to rebuild 18 miles of I-75 in Oakland County 10 years early.   MDOT said in a news release Friday that it has identified a team of contractors and designers called the...
Loop 202 South Mountain Freeway

The fixed $916 million contract for the design and construction of the Loop 202 South Mountain Freeway made it the largest single highway project in Arizona’s state history.

Article September 04, 2018
More than one year after major construction began on the Loop 202 South Mountain Freeway, Arizona’s largest single highway project ever, progress has been swift.   Bridges have been built from the ground up, a massive amount of earth has been moved and compacted, and an emerging interchange has...
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