Wiltshire Road in Oakland County Strengthened Using VRAM 

The longitudinal joint is the Achilles’ heel of every paved road. When elements like water and air enter the longitudinal joint through air voids, the road condition can worsen quickly. This can lead to many issues such as potholing, rutting, cracking, and more.  

Applying a void reducing asphalt membrane (VRAM) before road construction can increase the road’s longevity and durability by filling air voids otherwise present in the longitudinal joint.  

A VRAM was recently applied on Wiltshire Road in Berkley, Michigan. 

Project Details

  • Owner: City of Berkley 
  • Prime: Springtime Excavating 
  • Paving Contractor: AI’s Paving 
  • Applicator: Road Fabrics Inc. (RFI) 
  • Location: Oakland County, Michigan 
  • Date Constructed: November 8, 2023 

VRAM Observations

VRAM application began at 8:00 a.m. on 0.75 miles of Wiltshire Road at the eventual centerline joint location starting at Coolidge Highway. Personnel present on this project included Illiana’s John and Paul Jr., AI’s Paving’s Joshua, Hubbell, Roth, & Clark (HRC) Engineering Firm’s Josh and Asphalt Materials Inc.’s (AMI) Vince Venturella and Chad Crosby.  

The ambient temperature was 37°F.  

VRAM Application

VRAM Application

Centerline Joint

Centerline Joint


The VRAM application was successfully applied by RFI. Paving was scheduled to begin on November 9 but rain pushed it back to November 10. 

For a closer look at projects that have incorporated a VRAM during construction and to discover the benefits of longer-lasting roads in terms of cost savings, time efficiency, and safety, you can explore our interactive map here

Editor’s Notes:  

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.  

J-Band® was created in the labs of the Heritage Research Group (HRG) and is a product of Asphalt Materials, Inc. (AMI). To learn more about J-Band, visit www.thejointsolution.com 

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