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Project Profile – National Public Works Week Feature: City of Richfield Mill and Overlay

A significant part of the asphalt contracting business comes from work awarded through public bids. Many times, this is a school project, government project or perhaps a state funded roadway project. The bids are typically sealed, and the lowest bidder is awarded the project. When a city government project is awarded, in some cases, the project is managed by the public works department personnel.

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From Asphalt Paving Contractor to General Contractor, BR has the Knowledge and Experience to Get the Job Done

For some projects, Bituminous Roadways, Inc. is hired as not only the asphalt paving contractor, but the general contractor as well. On these jobs, we have the opportunity to work closely with the client and the engineering firm to build a parking lot from the specifications provided and bring a project full circle.

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4 Factors to Consider Before You Install a Parking Lot

The most important element to consider in parking lot lighting is providing adequate lighting so that drivers and pedestrians can clearly see pavement markings, walkways, parking bumpers, or signs. LED bulbs have become the industry standard for parking lots because they save energy, emit almost no heat, last several years, require little maintenance, and provide plenty of directional and scattered lighting.

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Whether it’s Short or Long Term Projects, BR Will Be Your Pavement Partner: A Case Study

In 2016, BR submitted an asphalt paving bid for the Minnesota Vikings TCO Performance Center via an electronic request for proposal to Kraus-Anderson, the project’s general contractor. Once awarded the project, BR didn’t actually start installing asphalt until mid-year, 2017, nearly a year from the original bid date. Other subcontractors were on the docket first, to complete portions of the project prior to BR installing any asphalt.

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Becoming a Trusted Vendor is Our Mission: A Case Study

Since 1970, StuartCo has been a presence in the Twin Cities property management market, building their portfolio to nearly 30 properties. This includes apartment buildings, townhomes, student housing, as well as a senior housing unit with memory care, independent and assisted living options. Bituminous Roadways, Inc. has had the distinct pleasure of working with StuartCo, maintaining the asphalt pavements of many of these properties throughout the years.

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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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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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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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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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Project Profile: Berkshire, Plymouth, MN

Bituminous Roadways, Inc. handles asphalt paving projects from small to large. For instance, a project could be as small as providing asphalt maintenance on a business’s driveway to reconstructing large parking lots for office complexes. In the case of Berkshire 16, BR’s project scope ranged from installing a new section of curb and gutter to paving a parking lot with more than 4,000 tons of asphalt.

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