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VRAM Application in Ottawa County, Ohio

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Pavement preservation due to longitudinal joint cracking has been a recurring problem for a long time. Not only is this an issue for road construction engineers, but for applicators, drivers, and those that live in the community.   J-Band®, Asphalt Material Inc.’s void reducing asphalt membrane (VRAM), significantly reduces air voids...
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A Career in Road Construction: National Tradesmen Day

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National Tradesmen Day is celebrated on the third Friday of September each year. A tradesman is someone who has acquired skills through an apprenticeship, vocational training, and/or education. Such people can be found in the construction industry, carpentry, maintenance, plumbing, electricity, and so much more. Skilled trades are the foundation of life...
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Quantifying Emissions through Sustainable Pavement Practices: FHWA Climate Challenge 

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Many businesses across the United States have already implemented more sustainable practices into their pavement construction projects. Other organizations want to make sustainable changes but are in need of the proper resources to help contribute to a greener planet. To combat this, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has created a...
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Central Kentucky Regional Airport Project Makes Kentucky 24th State to Use VRAM 

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Project Summary   The first void reducing asphalt membrane (VRAM) project was completed in the state of Kentucky, marking 24 states and the District of Columbia that use VRAM to save infrastructure funds. VRAM is applied at the location of the longitudinal joint prior to paving to fill a portion of...
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More than 20 Years of Longer Lasting Roads in Illinois with J-Band® 

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Lengthening road life has been a priority for road construction engineers and paving contractors to prevent road damage caused by longitudinal joint cracking. That is why we have created J-Band®, a void reducing asphalt membrane (VRAM) or as it is referred to in Illinois, longitudinal joint sealant or LJS.  (more…)
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Transportation Builder: Innovative Solutions Protect the Weakest Part of Pavement

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Below is an excerpt from the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA)’s July/August 2023 Transportation Builder issue.  Have you ever heard the expression, “A chain is no stronger than its weakest link?” The adage can be applied to road construction. No matter how strong and durable your materials, if...
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