Asphalt Plants

I-65 in Clark County, Ind.
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
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.
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...
Colorado project embraces new approach
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
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...
Personal illumination keeps workers visible to motorists at night.

Personal illumination keeps workers visible to motorists at night.

Article January 03, 2017
As the largest hot-mix asphalt producer and asphalt paving contractor in the U.S., Oldcastle Materials Inc. has about one-third of its workforce out in the field dedicated to roadway projects.   As a result, many Oldcastle employees are exposed to higher risks related to work-zone safety. Oldcastle...
Article May 10, 2005
Many modern-day communities would frown on the idea of having a hot-mix asphalt plant (HMA) in their backyard; however, Staker and Parson Cos. have proven that the two can happily coexist. As environmental pressures increase in a society that has made recycling fashionable, the National Asphalt...
Article February 10, 2005
The big news in the asphalt plant business is that late last year Terex consolidated its diverse brands—Terex CMI, Bid-Well, Terex Cifali, Terex Belgium, Terex Advance Mixers and Cedarapids—into one organization, Terex Roadbuilding. The organization has four business units with dedicated...
Article August 19, 2002
When development comes to the neighborhood of a hot-mix asphalt (HMA) plant, things can get interesting. Just ask the folks at Rochester Asphalt Materials Inc., Victor, N.Y., a division of Oldcastle Materials Group. The Victor facility of Rochester Asphalt Materials recently earned the Diamond...
Article January 21, 2002
Although the market for hot-mix asphalt pavement material stayed steady in 2001, sales of new hot-mix asphalt plants declined 1Although the market for hot-mix asphalt pavement material stayed steady in 2001, sales of new hot-mix asphalt plants declined 10-20%. A particularly strong market for...
Article January 21, 2002
In today’s increasingly cutthroat business environment, paving contractors of all sizes are in the hunt for competitive advantaIn today’s increasingly cutthroat business environment, paving contractors of all sizes are in the hunt for competitive advantages. While larger contractors pursue high-...
Article February 05, 2001
The year 2000 might have left a bad taste in the mouths of asphalt plant makersThe year 2000 might have left a bad taste in the mouths of asphalt plant makers. After starting out with high expectations prompted by increased highway funding from the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century,...
Article December 28, 2000
Recycling once meant community paper drives. The local Boy Scout or Girl Scout troop collecting scrap newspaper to earn money for a trip to summer camp. Recycling never seemed to be a serious business, just a way to earn a little extra cash. But as more waste and garbage was produced and land-...
Article December 28, 2000
Numerous other dangers lurk around a plant, awaiting the unwary. Electrical shock injury is common, as are injuries from falls and accidents resulting from the conflicts between the rolling stock around the plant. Burns from hot asphalt oils also are fairly common, though rarely fatal. Portable...
Article December 28, 2000
The first true hot-mix asphalt (HMA) roads laid in the U.S. were put in place just over a hundred years ago. The technique these pioneering 19th century contractors employed to get acceptable mixes was, in many respects, the same used today: aggregate was dried, heated and then mixed with a binder...
Article December 28, 2000
The nature and level of responsibility of individuals involved in the production and placement of hot-mix asphalt (HMA) is changing with the implementation of quality control/quality assurance (QC/QA).Agencies are no longer prescribing mix components and placement procedures, and are relying more...
Article December 28, 2000
Record keeping. We all hate the task but it’s important in a well-run business. Without it we wouldn’t be able to track expenses, payroll, or our most important asset: profits. While most of us tend to think of offices when we think of record keeping, there’s another place where it is useful. The...
Article December 28, 2000
So, after years of buying hot mix from the local supplier you've decided to purchase an asphalt plant and start producing it for yourself, and perhaps sell it commercially. Important decisions will have to be made, such as AC plant type, style, size, brand and budget. Once you've made those choices...
Article December 28, 2000
In the HMA facility, the RAP must be dried and heated prior to mixing into the HMA. Heat transfer to the RAP can be accomplished either conductively or convectively. Conductive heat transfer is used in almost all batch facility applications and when RAP is introduced in counterflow dryers while...
Article December 28, 2000
There are currently two types of hot-mix asphalt plants used in the U.S.: batch plants and drum-mix plants. The results of each type of plant-a hot, homogeneous blend of aggregate and asphalt cement suitable for paving-is the same, but the method each employs to get this mixture differs. The...
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