Milling & Paving Project Solutions: Achieving cost savings on adjusting utilities to grade and lowering liability

January 27, 2021
Milling & Paving Project Solutions: Achieving cost savings on adjusting utilities to grade and lowering liability

March 24, 2021 | 2 p.m. Eastern | 1 p.m. Central

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This presentation will examine all the costs to contractors and project owners when raising utility manholes and catch basins to grade during paving and milling projects. Pros and cons of several utility-raising methods will be compared with regard to four key areas: safety, cost-effectiveness, impact on schedule and labor costs, and sustainability impacts. One particular raising method, adjustable manhole riser rings and catch basin risers, is examined in great detail, and the practical use of adjustable risers will be demonstrated in real world case studies.

The session will examine the safety, cost, liability, labor, and schedule impacts of protecting vehicles from potential damage by raised utilities during paving projects, and by sharp pavement edges formed during construction (such as end-of-day joints or butt joints). This protection is usually required by municipal or state transportation department regulation, and is recommended for contractors and project owners, as liability for such vehicle damage is firmly assigned to contractors and/or owners by case law.

Temporary ramps and rings of hot or cold mix asphalt are typically used to buffer sharp pavement edges during construction, but this seemingly straightforward method often fails when tested. By contrast, reusable rubber safety ramps and utility rings, a well-established but less common solution for edge protection, are safe, efficient, cost-effective, and more sustainable.

Learning Objectives

Participants will be better able to assess all costs and considerations involved in the following:

  • Raising manholes, catch basins and stormwater grates to new pavement grade, including hidden cost of liability, and impacts on safety, sustainability, cost-effectiveness, labor, and schedule.
  • Solutions to achieve more than 80% adjusting utilities to grade and lower liability on milling and paving projects.
  • Preventing vehicle damage due to exposed utilities and construction edges during paving operations, including hidden cost of liability, and impacts on safety, sustainability, cost-effectiveness, labor, and schedule.

Viewers who complete this session will earn one Professional Development Hour (PDH) credit.

Speaker Profile:

Scott D. Fier, President, Sales & Marketing
American Highway Products

Scott Fier holds a BS Degree in Systems Analysis from Miami University Oxford, OH. As owner of American Highway Products, he has spent 27 years working directly with cities, counties, DOT's and paving contractors in all 50 states. In addition, he has given hundreds of expert talks and presentations on the importance of utility raising and edge protection during paving operations, and has prepared dozens of case studies and white papers on the topic for national publications and trade shows. This presentation is ideal for a broad audience, including paving contractors, Directors of Public Works and Wastewater Operations, and Superintendents of Sewers, Water, and Street Maintenance.

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