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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 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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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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Reflecting on the 2016 Asphalt Season

After reflecting on 2016, there is one word to describe it – challenging. This season proved to be one of the more difficult for scheduling asphalt paving, asphalt maintenance, concrete work, milling and grading. However, even though it was challenging, Bituminous Roadways pushed forward to produce quality work in a timely fashion for our customers.

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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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National Chemistry Week!

The American Chemistry Society (ACS) has designated this week (Oct. 16-22) to be National Chemistry Week. All across the United State, “local ACS sections, businesses, schools, and individuals are invited to organize or participate in events in their communities with a common goal: to promote the value of chemistry in everyday life.” Bituminous Roadways, Inc. is contributing to this common goal by providing some simplified insight into the chemistry of asphalt.

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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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Diverse Teams Promote Success

What is it that brings a team to victory? Naturally, team success begins with a strong leader. They are there to ensure all team members stay on task and to help resolve any conflict. As John Maxwell, Leadership expert once said, “a leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.” A great leader is the first step to building a strong and successful team.

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