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Protect your Parking Lot from Spring Thaw

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.

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4 Factors to Consider Before You Install a Parking Lot

The most important element to consider in parking lot lighting is providing adequate lighting so that drivers and pedestrians can clearly see pavement markings, walkways, parking bumpers, or signs. LED bulbs have become the industry standard for parking lots because they save energy, emit almost no heat, last several years, require little maintenance, and provide plenty of directional and scattered lighting.

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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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