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There is No Such Thing as a “Small” Parking Lot Job for BR

Bituminous Roadways, Inc. (BR) has a long history of being a highway-heavy paving company. Yet, BR does more than just “roadways.” A large portion of BR’s business each year comes from small and large private businesses. Whether its parking lot maintenance, reconstruction, or new construction, BR does it all, big or small. This spring, BR had the opportunity to reconstruct a small parking lot in the heart of the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis campus. Working in small areas can prove to be more challenging than a large highway project, but this project had a great outcome!

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How Do I know if My Parking Lot is ADA Compliant?

In 1990 the ADA, Americans with Disabilities Act, was created to ensure access to places that are open to the general public for people who face disabilities. ADA compliance is crucial to ensure equal access is provided for people with disabilities and to avoid potential lawsuits. The ADA covers everything inside and outside of most places of business, but this guide will focus on Minnesota's State ADA compliance requirements for parking lots (city and county requirements may differ).

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How Does Spring Thaw Affect my Parking Lot?

Spring thaw, also known as thaw weakening, occurs in early spring when the temperatures are beginning to rise, and the snow begins to melt. Spring thaw is also the time when the most damage to asphalt pavements can occur. During the winter, water within the pavement and aggregate base freezes from the surface of the pavement down to the subgrade. Spring thaw occurs as the frozen pavement begins to thaw from the surface of the pavement down to the subgrade. While the subgrade is still frozen, water from the thawing pavement is trapped in the materials below the pavement. These saturated materials are significantly weaker, allowing heavy loads to easily damage the pavement. This is why many states implement spring load restrictions. The Minnesota state DOT (MnDOT) has estimated over $10,000,000 in savings each year, due to the implementation of the spring load restriction program.

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Making a Good Impression with your Parking Lot: A Case Study

It is well known that a customer’s shopping experience is heavily influenced by the many interactions that occur during each trip to the store. Many companies put a strong emphasis on providing the best customer service because they know the employees’ interactions with a customer are important. Yet, the customer’s experience of your business really starts when they first turn into the parking lot. Will their first impression be a nice smooth ride, or will they encounter unsightly cracks, driven through overgrown potholes or park in a puddle of water? Creating a good first impression for your customers begins with the parking lot.

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5 Things to Consider Before Paving an Asphalt Parking Lot

Every year, Bituminous Roadways, Inc. produces over half a million tons of asphalt for paving new roadways, athletic surfaces, trails, and parking lots. We work closely with our clients on every project. This way we can help our customers avoid common mistakes costing them extra time and money. How can we save you both? Read our short guide below on how you can prepare for your upcoming asphalt paving project.

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The Benefits of Recycled Asphalt

Did you know in the early 1990’s, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Federal Highway Administration reported to congress that asphalt pavement was America’s number one recycled product?

Who knew?

Bituminous Roadways, Inc. (BR) did. Well before this report, since the early 1970’s actually, BR has been incorporating recycled asphalt pavement (RAP) into newly produced asphalt mixtures. This sustainability practice has many economic, environmental and societal impacts.

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Stay Safe this Construction Season

Minnesota has five seasons each year; winter, spring, summer and fall. The additional season has become affectionately known as “Road Construction.” As a matter of fact, the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) announced this week that 211 road construction projects are on the docket this season.

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BR Celebrates Youth Art Month!

In 1961, The Art & Creative Materials Institute, Inc. created Youth Art Month with the goal of recognizing art education as a viable factor in education curriculum, as stated on arteducators.org. Since then, the month of March has been designated as an annual observation to emphasize the value of art and art education.

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Honoring Veterans Day and Military Family Appreciation Month

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2015, the unemployment rate for veterans who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces at any time since September 2001 was at 5.8 percent. The jobless rate for all veterans was at 4.6 percent. In 2015, there were 21.2 million men and women veterans. That 4.6 percent of jobless veterans equates to about 975,200 people.

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4 Tips for Winterizing Your Parking Lot

We are fast approaching the winter season – with leaves falling and the temperatures dropping, the time for getting your last minute parking lot repairs completed is NOW! Potholes and cracks are serious business, particularly once the snow and ice take over.

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