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CHASE Program

Safety on the job is critical to any company in the construction industry. For Bituminous Roadways, it is a core value: We make safety a way of life for all that work with and count on us. Being a part of the CHASE program is just one way we carry out our value for safety.

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What’s Underneath My Asphalt? And Why is it Important?

“Winter is coming!” The famous words from the Stark family on Game of Thrones, serve as a warning to always be prepared for what is coming. When it comes to asphalt pavements, annual or bi-annual assessments of your pavement assets are a good way to be prepared for future maintenance and/or rehabilitation.

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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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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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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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3 Options for Rehabilitating Your Asphalt Pavement

A pavement’s life-cycle starts when it is first constructed, with the aggregate base correctly graded to the design thickness and the asphalt pavement properly installed. Over time, distresses slowly deteriorate the pavement until it becomes unusable or so deteriorated that routine maintenance would be ineffective. Pavement rehabilitation plays an integral role in a pavement’s life-cycle by extending the service life of the pavement. Bituminous Roadways, Inc. can help you restart the clock on your pavement investment.

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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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