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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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4 Key Benefits of a Mill and Overlay

In 1979, WIRTGEN built their first cold milling machine designed to provide the asphalt paving industry an innovative rehabilitation technique. Based on technology from the mining industry, these machines use dozens of carbide-tipped bits on a fast rotating drum to remove a specified thickness from the surface of an asphalt pavement. With the invention of the milling machine, asphalt contractors can now remove and replace a portion of the asphalt pavement, which has several key benefits.

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4 Signs it is Time for a Mill and Overlay

A mill and overlay is a critical part to any pavements lifecycle and comes with several benefits. Using a milling machine, 1.5 or more inches of the existing pavement surface is removed, and then the milled surface is overlaid with new asphalt pavement. A mill and overlay refreshes the pavement’s surface, but how do you know when it is time for a mill and overlay?

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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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How to Plan and Budget for Future Maintenance and Rehabilitation

Properly managing any asset like your car, your home, or your place of business involves routine maintenance, and asphalt pavements are no exception. Planning for future maintenance and rehabilitation is an important part of pavement management plans. Pavement maintenance can be relatively inexpensive, but if you wait too long, a costly reconstruction may be the only option. Therefore, be sure to follow these steps to keep your maintenance costs down and greatly maximize the service life of your parking lot, roadway, or outdoor athletic surface.

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5 Ways to Assess the Condition of Your Pavement

Assessing the condition of your asphalt pavement is a great way to start planning for maintenance and rehabilitation. The various distresses in your pavement are great indicators as to the types of maintenance your parking lot, roadway or outdoor athletic surface may need immediately and in the future. Additionally, assessing your pavement every year or two will give you a better idea of how your pavement is deteriorating and allow you to plan and budget even further in advance. There are many different methods for assessing asphalt pavements. Here are a few options to get you started:

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4 Steps on How to get Started Developing a Pavement Management Program

Unfortunately, there is not a universal method for asphalt pavement management, and that is a good thing. Each and every pavement has unique needs and requirements. Therefore, you will need to determine what system will work best for you. A large part of pavement management is just staying organized and gathering the appropriate data to help you make well informed decisions about your pavement(s). Get started with your pavement management plan by following these four steps:

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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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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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