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Protect your Parking Lot from Spring Thaw

Spring thaw occurs in early spring when the temperatures are beginning to rise, and the snow begins to melt. The ice and snow that thaws down from the surface of the pavement get trapped between the pavement and the still frozen soil. The saturated aggregate base and subgrade materials are significantly weakened, and heavier vehicles such as freight vehicles, utility vehicles, school buses, and recycling or garbage vehicles, can cause significantly more damage than usual. The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) estimates that vehicle loads cause five times more damage during the spring thaw than during the summer months.

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4 Steps to Maintaining your Asphalt Parking Lot with a Pavement Management Plan

Pavement management is the systematic approach to determining the appropriate timing, extent, and priority of asphalt pavement maintenance and rehabilitation in order to improve the condition of your pavement at the lowest possible cost. Prioritizing where and how to spend your limited funds each year becomes easier when you can make a well-informed decision. Your pavement management plan can be as simple or complex as you would like. The following steps can help you develop a systematic approach to pavement management that will extend the life of your asphalt parking lot, roadway, or athletic surface and ultimately reduce costs. Over the next few weeks, this blog series will dive deeper into each of these steps.

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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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Building Relationships with Local Parks and Recreation Departments: A Case Study

For the past six years, Bituminous Roadways has worked with St. Paul Parks and Recreation on nearly 20 asphalt paving projects. These projects range from preventative maintenance work, like cracksealing and pothole patching, to complete parking lot reconstruction.

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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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There is No Such Thing as a “Small” Parking Lot Job for BR

Bituminous Roadways, Inc. (BR) has a long history of being a highway-heavy paving company. Yet, BR does more than just “roadways.” A large portion of BR’s business each year comes from small and large private businesses. Whether its parking lot maintenance, reconstruction, or new construction, BR does it all, big or small. This spring, BR had the opportunity to reconstruct a small parking lot in the heart of the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis campus. Working in small areas can prove to be more challenging than a large highway project, but this project had a great outcome!

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How Do I know if My Parking Lot is ADA Compliant?

In 1990 the ADA, Americans with Disabilities Act, was created to ensure access to places that are open to the general public for people who face disabilities. ADA compliance is crucial to ensure equal access is provided for people with disabilities and to avoid potential lawsuits. The ADA covers everything inside and outside of most places of business, but this guide will focus on Minnesota's State ADA compliance requirements for parking lots (city and county requirements may differ).

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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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5 Things to Consider Before Paving an Asphalt Parking Lot

Every year, Bituminous Roadways, Inc. produces over half a million tons of asphalt for paving new roadways, athletic surfaces, trails, and parking lots. We work closely with our clients on every project. This way we can help our customers avoid common mistakes costing them extra time and money. How can we save you both? Read our short guide below on how you can prepare for your upcoming asphalt paving project.

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