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What it Takes to Be a Driver for an Asphalt Company

Since we opened for business in 1946, our family-owned and operated company has become the industry leader and company of choice for the maintenance and construction of asphalt surfaces. While some people thrive in an office setting, others do better in a hands-on environment that requires constant human interaction and physical labor. At Bituminous Roadways (BR), we offer positions of both kinds. We want you to find the career that’s right for you and will get you to where you want to go.

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Why Quality Equipment is Critical to Asphalt Paving

Quality is a core value at Bituminous Roadways Inc. (BR), and it’s a value that extends to more than just our projects. Purchasing quality equipment and keeping the equipment – our largest capital investment – up and running every day is a critical component of our business. If our equipment isn’t consistently in operating order, our asphalt paving jobs will be delayed, causing frustration from both customers and staff alike.

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Is Cold Weather Paving a Good Idea?

Summer is quickly coming to a close and soon the Minnesota State Fair will come and go and the leaves will begin to change color. This means that winter is fast approaching, and as Minnesotans, we must be realistic when it comes to planning for the winter. Scheduling projects in the construction industry is a universal struggle, and it becomes even more difficult when you mix in freezing temperatures and precipitation (yes, this means snow). In the world of asphalt paving, cold temperatures create several safety and quality issues when installing bituminous. How do we work together, to ensure the project results meet the customer’s standards, while keeping our crews safe and equipment operational?

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Safety Tips For Passing Through a Construction Zone

Chances are, if you are in the Twin Cities metro area in the summertime, you will see a Bituminous Roadways, Inc. (BR) truck, or employee performing work on a street or parking lot. Most people are attentive and follow traffic signage and speed restrictions while driving through work zones. Not to mention, there are heavy fines associated with not doing so. However, there is also a danger when walking through or near a construction site. The average person may not be aware of these dangers.

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How is Bituminous Roadways Using GPS Technology to Make Asphalt Paving More Efficient?

The asphalt paving industry is just beginning to get its “foot in the door” when it comes to automated systems. The idea is to take an engineered design or survey of a site and create a working grading plan for a project. From that point, equipment has become smart enough to read these designs and create them in real-time with an operator’s guidance. This technology is called machine control, and it will soon play a major role in every phase of an asphalt paving project, from dirt-work to paving.

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Building a Successful Team at Bituminous Roadways, Inc.

Are you looking to join a company with an excellent reputation in the industry it serves? Maybe you like to work outside or run heavy equipment? If so, there may be a career for you at Bituminous Roadways!

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How Does Weather Affect Asphalt Pavement?

Over time, asphalt experiences a degree of weathering due to the seasonal changes in the Minneapolis and St. Paul areas. Asphalt surfaces can experience damage from harsh sunlight, heavy rain, and temperature changes that cause freezing or thawing.

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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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How Should I Prepare my Budget for Asphalt Maintenance?

As a property manager or property owner, you will likely have two main goals for your pavement areas:

1. Make it last as long as possible

2. Keep it looking as good as possible throughout its life

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