Preventative Winter Maintenance for Asphalt Pavements

Jan 22, 2016

Preventative Winter Maintenance for Asphalt Pavements

Eventually, even the best paved surfaces will slowly start to deteriorate due to the sun, weather conditions and the stresses created by the vehicles using them. The sun naturally breaks down petroleum products over time, creating a dry and brittle pavement that becomes porous. This allows water to seep down into the supporting base materials, causing the base and sub base materials to become soft and unstable. Then the weight of the vehicles using these pavements crack the surface causing more water to penetrate into the materials below it. These cracks spread from its epicenter like a disease causing more and more damage. 

Extreme weather conditions add to this weakening with rain, snow and freezing temperatures. 



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Author – Mike Burkholder
Company – Asphalt Consultants
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Bio – Mike Burkholder is a paving consultant with over 30 years of field experience. Specializing in pavement analysis, providing asphalt specification designs that match community traffic demands, providing preventative maintenance programs and project oversight to keep community costs in check and within their long and short term goals.


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