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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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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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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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Project Profile: Hennepin County

Building strong, trusting relationships is key to ensure all projects are completed on time and on budget all the while exceeding customers’ expectations. This concept is the foundation upon which Bituminous Roadways was built more than 70 years ago and it still rings true today. Our goal is to become a partner with our clients, to help educate them about the asphalt paving process and keep them informed from the start of the project all the way through to completion.

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What Does Sustainability and Asphalt Production Have in Common?

An action, option, or choice is sustainable when it can strike a balance between being environmentally friendly, having a minimal effect on the community, and being economically feasible. According to this definition of sustainability, asphalt pavements are the sustainable choice for constructing pavements, such as roadways, airport runways, trails, sport courts, and parking lots.

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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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Pavement Assessments

Spring is almost here! This means you may begin to notice that the condition of your asphalt pavement is less than optimal. Minnesota winters are hard on asphalt parking lots, roadways, and trails, causing cracks to form or expand through freeze-thaw cycles. Spring is an excellent time to assess the condition of your asphalt pavements so you can start budgeting and preparing for any maintenance or rehabilitation your pavement may need this summer.

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