Posted on 11/15/2019 7:36 AM By Bituminous Roadways
The Construction Health and Safety Excellence (CHASE) program began in 2003 as a partnership between the Minnesota Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MN OSHA) and the Associated General Contractors (AGC) of Minnesota. The program is designed to recognize AGC member contractors for their safety programs and performance. Bituminous Roadways (BR) was the third overall construction company to join the CHASE program in 2004. Just this year, BR became the first ever “Asphalt Contractor” to achieve CHASE Level 3 status.
Posted on 9/16/2019 2:28 PM By Bituminous Roadways
“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.
Posted on 6/11/2019 4:00 AM By Bituminous Roadways
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.
Posted on 5/20/2019 4:00 AM By Bituminous Roadways
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.
Posted on 5/14/2019 4:00 AM By David Farris, P.E.
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.
Posted on 5/7/2019 4:00 AM By David Farris, P.E.
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?
Posted on 4/16/2019 4:00 AM By David Farris, P.E.
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.
Posted on 3/17/2019 4:00 AM By Bituminous Roadways
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.
Posted on 3/5/2019 4:00 AM By Heidi Sedlacek
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:
Posted on 2/26/2019 4:00 AM By Bituminous Roadways
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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