City of Bloomington, Illinois Utilizing VRAM

About this project:

On October 6th, a Void Reducing Asphalt Membrane, (VRAM), project took place on McLean Street in the city of Bloomington, Illinois. This 33,291-foot project that occurred on McLean Street stretched from East Oakland Avenue to East Washington. (Note: in Illinois VRAM is often referred to as LJS).

This was a county project.

The application of the VRAM for this project was targeted at 18″ wide. This application was placed over a recently milled and tacked surface. The VRAM application began in the early morning, starting at East Oakland Avenue going north, with application from the driver’s side.

The VRAM applicator for this project was Illiana.

The prime paving contractor for this project was United Contractors Midwest (UCM)

Pictured above: The application of VRAM taking place.

Once the VRAM was placed successfully, the paving operation took place a few days later. Once the paving came to a successfully end, the project was complete!

VRAM Can Help State & Local Agencies Achieve Strategic Objectives

Agencies are now being asked to build more resilient and sustainable infrastructure to benefit and protect communities, and VRAM can help achieve these objectives. VRAM can help improve the resilience of at-risk infrastructure by helping build longer-lasting, safer roads. Historical data from previous VRAM projects shows that an investment in protecting the longitudinal joint helps roads last up to 5 years longer and delivers a return on investment of 3 to 5 times its cost.

J-Band®, Asphalt Material’s, Inc. VRAM product has a performance track record dating back to 2002. J-Band was created in the labs of The Heritage Research Group in collaboration with state and local agencies and industry experts. In fact, an Indiana DOT life cycle analysis (LCCA) showed that an investment of $12.5M in J-Band would result in a $39M in savings (approximately 3:1 ROI).

VRAM creates longer-lasting, safer roads which leads to more resilient, reliable, and sustainable infrastructure. And when roads last longer, infrastructure dollars go further.

Learn more about how longer-lasting roads save time, money, and lives by reviewing other VRAM Case Studies that we have on our website. You can access them by clicking this link:

Editor’s Notes:

Centerline joints and longitudinal joints are often used interchangeably in describing the area of the pavement where two paved sections come together.

VRAM, Void Reducing Asphalt Membrane is referred to in Illinois as LJS, Longitudinal Joint Sealant.

Depending on the situation, VRAM can be sprayed at different widths. It should be noted that 18” is a typical application width for centerline applications.

J-Band® is a VRAM product of Asphalt Materials, Inc. that was created in the labs of The Heritage Research Group.

J-Band®, CCAP® and T-Bond® are registered trademarks of Asphalt Materials, Inc. 

AMIBIND™, AMIBOND™, AMICYCLE™, AMIGUARD™ and AMISEAL™ are trademarks of Asphalt Materials, Inc.

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