Scheduling asphalt paving projects can be a puzzle. When Bituminous Roadways looks at the work coming in, we determine many different factors, including but not limited to:

  1. Does a job have a completion date included in the contract?
  2. What type of work is it? This could be pothole patching, cracksealing, excavating, paving or repairing/pouring concrete.
  3. How many different crews and equipment will be needed?

As one can see, multiple facets play into scheduling work, and weather can throw a wrench into the best laid plans.

Weather Watchers

Believe it or not, the BR superintendents, foreman, and operations manager are constantly looking at the weather. If the forecast calls for a partly cloudy day, the asphalt jobs goes on as scheduled. However, when there is rain in the forecast, BR goes into a “weather watching” mode. We are watching the radar trying to anticipate when the rain may start and if we can get some work done during the day or not.

Why Can’t You Pave in the Rain?

In general, asphalt cannot be installed when it is raining. This is because asphalt mixtures contain oil and oil and water react when they come into contact, negatively in this case. When rain comes into contact with fresh asphalt, it causes the oil to rise to the surface which can affect the curing time and the finished product. If asphalt is paved while it's raining, it can reduce the overall quality of the asphalt.

Rain also jeopardizes the stability of the subsoil. If the soil is wet, it turns soft and this is not a good surface to pave on. We need a strong, stable surface before installing asphalt. This is also true if it's been raining for consecutive days. The sub soil must be completely dry before paving, and this can cause some scheduling issues as well.

Scheduling for the Rain

Two scenarios regarding rain present themselves a bit differently.  The first, when it is already raining in the morning hours, it is a bit easier to handle. BR would call a “rain day,” and crews would not be required to check in to the job site that day.

The second scenario is when crews are already working, and a rainstorm presents itself. At this point, the operations manager and superintendents will discuss the severity of the storm and its arrival in different areas of the Twin Cities. Because BR works within the 7-county metro area, rain could be falling in the west, but may not be predicted to make its way over to the east side.

Based on the storm’s path and where our crews are working, BR may make the call to stop all work, or there may be an opportunity to continue working.

Rescheduling Asphalt Paving Work

If there is a rain day, or more, we do our very best to consider what asphalt paving or asphalt maintenance jobs were currently being worked on when the rain delay occurred and consider project completion dates. It is possible that an asphalt paving job could be delayed as much as a week, depending on how much it rained. Remember, the ground needs to be completely dry before it can be paved.

In a perfect world, rescheduling asphalt work would be easy, but it is far from that. Not completing one job means another will be delayed, and so on. Communication is key when it comes to rescheduling work. It is BR’s priority to touch base as soon as possible with customers regarding when their job may be back on the schedule.

Contact Us for Asphalt Paving Solutions in the Twin Cities

If you are looking for an asphalt contractor to install or repair asphalt for a trail, outdoor athletic surface, parking lot or roadway, look to an industry leader like Bituminous Roadways. We understand weather plays a factor in scheduling, but proper installation is the key to a long-lasting, strong asphalt pavement. Contact Bituminous Roadways, Inc. today to schedule your asphalt paving job by calling 651-686-7001 or request a consultation here.