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Let’s Give ‘Em Something to Chalk About

There is no limit to the simple creativity that abounds when it comes to the classic “art” of drawing with chalk on asphalt.  It’s easy, it’s cheap, and the creations only last until the next rain, so there’s no big mess to worry about.  As a result, kids love to draw on pavement, and, heck, so do many adults for that matter!

To celebrate the timeless joy of drawing in the streets, folks in Vancouver made a quasi-event out of this stress-relieving activity by hosting the aptly named “Chalkupy Vancouver.”  You can also check out the since re-named Play with Chalk Day Facebook page.  (Apparently “Chalkupy Vancouver” threw some people off so the name was revised.)

Judging by the chalk filled street, it looks like people young and old had a great time with it… and that’s what it’s all about.

Have You Completed Fall Preventative Maintenance on Your Pavement Yet?

parking lot seal coating near Philadelphia

Seal coating is sprayed on to the parking lot at a fire station in the Philadelphia area.

Well, it’s that time of year again… school is back in session, leaves are changing color and falling to the ground, and football season has kicked off (go Eagles!).But it’s also that time to plan ahead for the winter.

As we here at APCON often say, your parking lot is a “welcome mat” to visitors to your company’s premises.

And if your parking lot is in disrepair, it shows your customers, guests, and employees that you aren’t keeping them in mind when they have to dodge potholes or trip on uneven sidwalks in your company’s parking lot.

If you have any problem spots in your parking lot, we suggest that NOW is the best time to take care of them, before winter comes and makes them worse, and also makes it much more difficult or impossible to have them fixed until spring arrives, when more amenable weather conditions allow for the work to be completed.

Associated Paving Contractors can handle the following preventative maintenance needs for you leading up to the winter weather season:

  • Crack Filling:  By filling cracks, you prevent water from getting underneath your pavement, which can then freeze, expand, and cause the cracks to grow even more or create other foundation problems.
  • Pothole Repair:  Like cracks in asphalt, ice can cause potholes to worsen, but they can also expand when snow plows or shovels clear snow from the pavement or when cars continuously pass over them.  Properly filling potholes will prevent them from enlarging during the winter, ultimately helping to minimize walking and driving hazards.

 

  • Line & Curb Striping:  As winter approaches, your parking lot lines and curbs can become harder to see when there is precipitation covering them and as nights get longer.  If your striping is faded, you risk cars running over curbs, parking improperly, or not seeing directional signs on the ground.  Fresh paint will also help to make your site look more welcoming.

 

  • Seal Coating:  Fresh seal coating can help extend the life of your blacktop by keeping water from seeping into the asphalt, causing it to break down more quickly.  Not only will seal coating help extend the life of asphalt that is currently in good condition, it will also provide a dark, fresh look, serving as an ideal welcome mat for your company’s visitors.

 

As touched on above, it is important that if you are considering doing any parking lot maintenance in the Philadelphia/South Jersey area, you should take care of it ASAP.  For starters, as leaves fall, it makes jobs such as seal coating that much more difficult to do properly, and as the temperature drops, it becomes prohibitive to properly work with asphalt and related products since they need to be warm enough to cure.  And let’s not forget that in 2011 it snowed right before Halloween!

The moral of this story:  Putting off your parking lot maintenance needs until next year could be detrimental to the lifespan of your pavement, and could also increase the danger of any hazardous areas.

To talk with a representative of APCON about your parking lot’s maintenance needs, please contact us today at 215-672-8000 or info@assocpaving.com

Thank you and enjoy the start of Fall!

 

 

Anniversary of First Drunk Driving Arrest: A Sobering Day in History

This Monday, September 12th, will mark the 115th anniversary of the first drunk driving arrest in history, according to The History Channel’s website.  In 1897, a London taxi driver named George Smith was arrested for drunk driving after crashing his car into a building.

Fortunately, nobody was killed or seriously hurt in this accident.

But, unfortunately, drunk driving still remains all too common over a century after this notorious “first” incident.  According to the article, in 2005, for example, nearly 17,000 people died in alcohol related accidents and 1.4 million people were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.  Here’s to hoping we can see a day when those numbers both drop to zero.

Organizations such as MADD continue to promote driving sober and many strides have been made by government and police departments to cut back on these devastating numbers.  APCON is thankful for this progress and we appreciate the efforts of those who are working hard to end drunk driving.

That said, please drive sober and help to make our roads a safer place for driving.

Thank you for reading, have a great weekend, and safe travels.

Keeping an Eye on the Road in Ohio

Infrastructure is a major but necessary expense in most government budgets, so reducing the amount of taxpayer money needed to pay for upgrading roadways is always a priority.

In Ohio, folks will literally be keeping an eye on the road to see if substantial savings can be realized by implementing “perpetual pavement” when repaving roads in the future.

The Columbus Dispatch reports that “Ohio University researchers plan to test a new road design that they hope might last 50 years or more with nothing but an occasional new coat of asphalt.”  If successful, this form of pavement would reduce costs since making extensive repairs below the surface for traditionally paved roads would cost more despite the higher upfront costs for the thicker asphalt layers needed in perpetual pavement.

Testing and monitoring should take about two years to complete, at which point the state’s DOT would presumably move forward with expanding the implementation of perpetual pavement, if tests prove successful.  Undoutedly, other states will be keen to hear Ohio’s results to see if it makes economic sense to install perpetual pavement for their respective roadways.

Let’s hope this is a road to savings for government budgets… to be continued!

Looking Back at the Quake of 2011

It’s been one year since a 5.8 magnitude earthquake centered in Virginia struck the East Coast.  But if you were involved in it, you probably remember where you were and what you were doing at the time as though it were yesterday.

Fortunately, nobody was reported hurt from the aftermath of the earthquake, and damage in the Philadelphia/South Jersey metro area was fairly minimal compared to the epicenter area a couple hundred miles south of here.  Delaware Valley area roads, bridges, and other infrastructure held up overwhelmingly well, though some isolated buildings suffered damage.

An interesting article in Philly.com (by way of The Associated Press) about the earthquake, details some of the effects and statistics pertaining to this monumental event, including these tidbits:

  • Due to its proximity to many large cities from North Carolina to New Jersey, the earthquake may have been felt by more people in the United States than any other in history
  • Some schools and other organizations are now implementing earthquake drills and/or emergency procedures to prepare for another earthquake that may strike in the future
  • The quake caused an estimated $200 million in damage, including $15 million to repair cracks in the Washington Monument, which remains closed indefinitely

All in all, the earthquake, though powerful, could have been a lot worse in terms of damage and casualties, and it serves as a learning experience in terms of preparing for future quakes.

On that note, here’s to many more quake free years ahead…

 

 

The Week that Was on Twitter

In case you don’t follow our Twitter feed (and, if you don’t, this begs the question of– why not!), then you would have missed some cool links and commentary that we posted this week.

But being the generous souls we are, we decided to post some of them on our blog as another way to find them.  Check out these posts:

  • 10 useful car maintenance tips to help save you money… ow.ly/d2ABw
  • RT @TheEllenShow: A guy walks into a bar with a slab of asphalt under his arm. He says, “I’ll have a beer. And another one for the road.
  • Mark your calendars for #MontCo Public Works Assoc. Trade Show.  10/11/12. Hope to see you there!  More info: mcpwa.org
  • CAPT Bike Day– a motorcycle tour around #MontCo + raise $ for kids programs. Sept 23, 2012. Visit: ow.ly/cZOup
  • Kids’ chalk doodles on the street… fun and harmless or unsightly and a nuisance?  You be the judge:  ow.ly/cYdHt
  • Up for a driving adventure?  RT @AndyPujats: 10 of the World’s Most Dangerous Roads bit.ly/MUtFrd
  • A Monday morning thought… “If you come to a fork in the road, take it.”  -Yogi Berra

Happy Friday and have a great weekend!

Biking Across Montgomery County for a Good Cause

Are you, or is someone you know, an avid motorcyclist in the Montgomery County area?

If so, please consider revving your engine and joining the “C.A.P.T. Bike Day” on September 23, 2012.

For just $15, you will get to venture off on a 60 mile journey around MontCo, and the money raised benefits C.A.P.T. Programs for Kids, including Kids in Safety Seats (KISS), DARE, Youth Aid Panels, and Scholarships.

This ride is always a great time for the participants, who get to meet other bikers and police officers from around the area, while also getting to give back to the community.

For more information, view the CAPT Bike Day 2012 or contact Jack Murphy at the Abington Police Department at 267-536-1071.

Thank you!

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