Author: Jeffrey Ball

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Rural Roadway Departure Accidents – An Alarming Trend that Needs Reversed

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Reducing fatalities on rural roads remains a major challenge in the United States. In 2016, 18,590 lives were lost on rural roads-more than half of all traffic deaths-even though only 19 percent of the U.S. population lives in rural areas. Two-thirds of these rural fatalities involved a roadway departure, where...
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Steuben County Indiana invests in VRAM to Help Construct Longer-lasting, Safer Roads

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The longitudinal joint is the Achilles’ heel of every road. Road managers know the first part of the pavement to fail is the longitudinal joint. As the road’s most permeable part, this joint is susceptible to the elements. Air and water work down through this unavoidable seam in the pavement...
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Eau Claire County Wisconsin Using VRAM to Fill Air Voids in Centerline Joints

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Studies have shown that longitudinal joints in pavements are often the weakest areas of a road. Typically the joints are low in density, high in voids and thus are highly permeable. These areas become conduits to air and water infiltration which leads to damage and premature pavement failure. (1) VRAM...
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Calumet County Wisconsin Helping to Create Longer Lasting, Safer Roads

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Many states are looking for methods to improve longitudinal joint performance of their pavements, since these joints often fail before the rest of the surface. With the inherently lower density at the longitudinal joints we often see pavements fail by cracking, raveling, and potholing. Lower density is synonymous with higher...
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Janesville, WI Records Successful First Application of VRAM

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On September 9, the city of Janesville, Wisconsin recorded their first use of VRAM on Beloit Avenue. This project is part of the City of Janesville’s 2021 Street Rehabilitation Program. The road was tacked Wednesday evening September 8. Then pre-dawn on the Thursday, 4,663 LF of VRAM was placed.  Later...
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DuPage County Illinois Finds Success Protecting Pavements

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Studies have shown that longitudinal joints in pavements are often the weakest areas of a road. Typically the joints are low in density, high in voids and thus are highly permeable. These areas become conduits to air and water infiltration which leads to damage and premature pavement failure.(1) During the...
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