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Providing Customers with the Best Pavement Solutions: A Case Study

During the summer of 2017, Bituminous Roadways, Inc. (BR), was contracted to reconstruct the parking lot for a busy fitness center in the southern Twin Cities metro area. L.A. Fitness management communicated with BR the desire to continue full operation during construction. Due to the extensive nature of this project, BR recommended a two-phase approach. Phasing a project isn’t necessarily an obstacle, but it does take some planning and can present some challenges. The parking area was divided into two sections. When BR was working in the first area, barricades were used to indicate to fitness members where they could park. After the first phase was completed, the barricades were switched and users were able to park on the freshly paved asphalt parking lot while BR completed the second section.

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How Freeze-Thaw Cycles Can Damage Asphalt Pavement

Winter is a “hard” time for asphalt pavements, literally. Asphalt pavements are produced and constructed at high temperatures when the asphalt binder is a liquid so it can be easily mixed with the rocks and sand. During the spring, summer, and fall seasons, asphalt is flexible and stretchy in the warm weather, helping to prevent cracks from forming. However, as temperatures decrease during winter, the asphalt becomes harder and stronger, but also more brittle. Extreme cold temperatures can cause pavements to crack, but the most damage to pavements is caused by freeze-thaw cycles.

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Why You Should Repair Damaged Asphalt

Bituminous Roadways, Inc. specializes in asphalt repair and maintenance. In fact, we spend as much time maintaining older asphalt pavement as we do paving new asphalt. Why? Because over time asphalt experiences wear and tear and may become worn out. Asphalt needs to be maintained and repaired from time to time, allowing it to keep its resilience for up to 25 years. Developing a maintenance plan for your asphalt surface can help prevent serious damage and increase your pavements longevity.

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Going Back to School was No Challenge for Bituminous Roadways

The 16-year-old, 10,100 sq.yd. parking lot was in desperate need of reconstruction with visible cracking throughout the area. The company was also challenged with bringing the lot up to 2017 Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards.

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4 Key Asphalt Maintenance Tips

Knowing how to maintain and care for your asphalt can ensure durability, longevity, and quality. Look at these tips for basic solutions to common asphalt problems. Without regular asphalt maintenance, water, sun, and traffic cause asphalt to erode. Although a solid foundation, quality asphalt mix, and professional installation can increase the lifespan of your pavement, it still needs regular attention and care.

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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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What do spring load restrictions have to do with asphalt?

Since 1937, Minnesota has enforced spring load restrictions each year as temperatures begin to rise. These spring load restrictions are determined for each state, county and city road, and they restrict the weight of a single axle to less than 5-10 tons. This restriction will not affect any commuter vehicles, but it does have a big impact on commercial vehicles.

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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 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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How Does Weather Effect Asphalt Pavement?

With air temperatures last week in Minneapolis and Saint Paul reaching 40°F in January, and now a cold front sweeping in, we thought it would be appropriate to highlight some of the seasonal weather effects on asphalt pavements.

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In the Spirit of Giving

During the holiday season, many people make lists of gifts they need to buy. These gifts will go under the Christmas tree or be sent to a relative. For Kent Peterson, owner of Bituminous Roadways, Inc. (BR), making his holiday gift list consists not of people, but of organizations deserving of donations or sponsorships that help people in the local Twin Cities metro area and around the world.

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