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Project Profile: Hennepin County

We serve a variety of clients including, property managers, building owners, general contractors, local municipalities and state agencies. In some cases, Bituminous Roadways works for a general contractor as the paving subcontractor, but also has experience managing projects as a general contractor. Being in partnership with our clients is our goal for every job, and one particular project from 2017 is a great example.

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What Does Sustainability and Asphalt Production Have in Common?

An action, option, or choice is sustainable when it can strike a balance between being environmentally friendly, having a minimal effect on the community, and being economically feasible. According to this definition of sustainability, asphalt pavements are the sustainable choice for constructing pavements, such as roadways, airport runways, trails, sport courts, and parking lots.

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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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Pavement Assessments

Spring is almost here! This means you may begin to notice that the condition of your asphalt pavement is less than optimal. Minnesota winters are hard on asphalt parking lots, roadways, and trails, causing cracks to form or expand through freeze-thaw cycles. Spring is an excellent time to assess the condition of your asphalt pavements so you can start budgeting and preparing for any maintenance or rehabilitation your pavement may need this summer.

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How to Choose an Asphalt Contractor

If you own an asphalt parking lot in the Minneapolis and St. Paul area, hiring a contractor to repair, resurface or replace asphalt is a considerable investment in your property. Therefore, you should take the necessary steps and do some research to find the best one for you. At Bituminous Roadways, Inc., it is our goal to help our customers by providing useful information about asphalt contractors.

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Why is Drainage Important for Asphalt Pavements?

Water is one of asphalt’s “natural enemies.” Puddles of water on an asphalt pavement will slowly break down the asphalt and cause a pothole to form. Water deteriorates asphalt by breaking the bonds between the asphalt binder and the rocks and sand. Asphalt binder is a by-product produced from crude oil during gasoline production, and water and oil don’t mix.

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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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