Concrete vs. Asphalt: What’s the Best Roadway Surface?
By Brett Hollister, PE Budgets for roadways are tight, and elected officials have to seek the most value for limited construction and maintenance dollars. Unlike homeowners contemplating a new driveway, municipalities may be looking at miles of surface that must safely accommodate hundreds of vehicles a day. So which is the best investment, asphalt or… Read More »
Highways Designed with Snow and Cold in Mind
By Eric Sorensen, PE From temperature extremes to drainage, roadway designers factor in the snow and cold when designing for our northern and mountain states. Let’s look at the properties of various pavement types and the basics of how that pavement is placed and treated for optimal performance in climates plagued by cold and snow.… Read More »
Potholes: How They Form and How They Can Be Prevented
Whether traveling on local streets, rural roads, or busy highways, nothing is more satisfying to a driver than a long stretch of smooth road. Conversely, nothing is more aggravating than a route peppered with potholes. Unfortunately, without proper road maintenance, the latter can become the norm rather than the exception ― and in addition to… Read More »