Not all soil is stable enough for asphalt installation. When it comes to building a solid foundation for your asphalt project, soil stabilization often plays a pivotal role.
At Bituminous Roadways, Inc., we understand the significance of every step in the asphalt pavement production and installation process. With more than 75 years of experience in the paving industry, we have honed our soil stabilization techniques to perfection.
Let’s take a closer look at our soil stabilization process and learn about when it's essential for the success of asphalt projects.
Understanding Soil Stabilization
Before delving into the specifics of our soil stabilization process, let's first understand what it entails. Soil stabilization is the process of improving the engineering properties of soil to enhance its load-bearing capacity, durability, and overall performance.
In the context of asphalt installation, this means creating a stable and strong base on which to lay the asphalt surface.
Soil stabilization isn’t always needed for every asphalt project; The process becomes crucial when we experience bad subsoils.
Our Soil Stabilization Process
At BR, we follow a comprehensive soil stabilization process to ensure the longevity and durability of your asphalt project.
Here's a breakdown of our approach:
- Site Assessment: Our expert project managers begin by conducting a thorough site assessment. They analyze the soil composition, moisture content, and other relevant factors to determine the specific stabilization needs of your project.
- Material Selection: Based on the site assessment, we choose the appropriate stabilizing agents, which can include cement, lime, fly ash, or specialized additives. The selection of the right materials is critical to achieving the desired soil properties.
- Mixing & Blending: We use state-of-the-art equipment to mix the selected stabilizers with the soil. This ensures even distribution and proper blending, resulting in a uniform and stable base.
- Compaction: Compaction is a crucial step in soil stabilization. Our team uses heavy machinery to compact the treated soil, increasing its density and load-bearing capacity.
- Curing: Depending on the chosen stabilizers, curing times may vary. We carefully monitor the curing process to ensure the soil achieves the desired strength before proceeding with asphalt installation.
Why Soil Stabilization is Essential for Asphalt Projects
Every asphalt project needs a solid foundation, so soil stabilization is critical when we discover unstable subsoils.
- Improved Load-Bearing Capacity: Soil stabilization significantly enhances the load-bearing capacity of the subgrade. This means your asphalt surface can withstand heavy traffic and remain structurally sound over time.
- Prevention of Soil Erosion: Stabilized soil is less susceptible to erosion, ensuring the long-term stability of your asphalt pavement.
- Reduced Maintenance: A properly stabilized base minimizes the risk of settlement and cracking in your asphalt surface, reducing the need for costly repairs and maintenance in the future.
- Extended Lifespan: Soil stabilization contributes to the longevity of your asphalt project. It protects your investment by ensuring that your asphalt surface remains in good condition for years to come.
Start Your Asphalt Project the Right Way
In conclusion, soil stabilization is a critical step in the asphalt installation process whenever we encounter unstable soil. At Bituminous Roadways, Inc., our commitment to quality and excellence is evident in our soil stabilization process. We believe that a strong foundation is the key to a successful asphalt project.
Our expert project managers will be happy to meet with you on-site to discuss the best plan of action to move forward with your project! Request a consultation here to discuss the goals and budget of your specific project, or call us at 651-686-7001.