Author: Jeffrey Ball

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Rumble Strips Protect Lives, But They Also Need Protecting

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Rumble Strips Are Becoming More Popular, But They Also Need To Be Protected It is important to plan ahead when protecting the infrastructure investments made for our streets, roads, and highways. Reducing air voids is critical to improving pavement life. When air voids are higher, permeability is higher, and this...
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First VRAM Project in Metro Minneapolis to Take Place this Year!

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Pavements are a very important asset to any state Department of Transportation. In Minnesota, they are valued at $29.5 billion. In fact, pavements have the largest replacement value of all assets owned by the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT).(1)  You can imagine how important extending the life of pavements is...
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It’s National Work Zone Awareness Week

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Spring is finally here, and that means construction season is underway! As we all know, construction zones can be extremely dangerous places for both drivers and workers. That's exactly why the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) hosts its annual National Work Zone Awareness Week (NWZAW), this year from April 11-15....
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J-Band’s Sustainability Assessment

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Recently, Asphalt Materials, Inc. (AMI) collaborated with ClimeCo to complete an LCA-based sustainability assessment of J-Band®, AMI’s void reducing asphalt membrane product.   ClimeCo is a global sustainability company that advances the low-carbon future with market-based solutions. They started with a goal to reduce greenhouse gases (GHG) through scalable abatement...
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Safety, Transformation, and Organizational Goals Outlined in DOT’s Focus Areas for 2022

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If you have reviewed the draft DOT Strategic Framework, you will note the agency’s priorities for achieving their mission through six strategic goals. We would like to take a deeper look at those elements that are related to Safety, Transformation and Organizational Goals for this particular article. The Department of...
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Can Longitudinal Joint Damage be Avoided? Delayed?

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Why is Longitudinal Joint Damage Such an Important Issue for Roads? A Minnesota DOT Field study from December 2020 reported that higher air void contents at the longitudinal joint can expose pavements to premature deterioration and, as a result, compromise pavement integrity and performance.  In Minnesota, the report indicates their...
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