Winning with asphalt

News February 08, 2001
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Michigan's largest asphalt paving company, Thompson-McCully Co

Michigan's largest asphalt paving company, Thompson-McCully Co., received asphalt paving's biggest honor at the National Asphalt Pavement Association's 46th Annual Meeting in Orlando, Fla., earlier this week. The team was awarded the 2000 Sheldon G. Hayes award for work done on a 15.6-km section of U.S. 131 located 15 miles north of Grand Rapids, Mich.

"This is truly an honor for us," said Thompson-McCully Co. President Robert M. Thompson. "We have worked hard to produce outstanding pavements, and it is gratifying to see our efforts pay off. This project was a real team effort."

Since the road is a major north/south freeway for traveling tourists, all traffic lanes of the project had to remain open during weekends from Memorial Day through Labor Day to avoid traffic backups. This meant Tompson-McCully had to rubblize, then quickly pave small sections of the road. To create a smooth surface and achieve excellent compaction, the company used a windrow paver.

Approximately 157,000 metric tons of hot-mix asphalt (HMA) were used to lay two courses for the mainline base and leveling, two courses for shoulder base and leveling, one course for the mainline surface and one course for the shoulder surface. The company also used 7,900 tons of HMA as temporary paving to maintain traffic.

For more on the story, read the May issue of ROADS & BRIDGES.

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