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How to Cross a Crosswalk with a Crossing

Perhaps the Beatles were the first to turn a crosswalk into a recognizable landmark, with their legendary Abbey Road album cover (just do a Google Image search for “famous crosswalks” and photos of the Fab Four– and imitators– crossing Abbey Road will explode across your screen).  Anybody who has seen the snapshot of John, Paul, George, & Ringo crossing that otherwise mundane road will likely conjure up mental images of Britain, or maybe a song or two from that album.

But another crossing that occured a couple hundred years earlier, on this side of “the Pond,” may be just as famous– George Washington’s iconic crossing of the Delaware River on Christmas night, 1776.  This bold and brave moment in time turned the tides of the Revolutionary War and changed history forever.

So… where exactly are we going with all of this, you ask?

Well just this week, APCON had the opportunity to install a crosswalk in Washington Crossing, PA!  Ok, it’s admittedly not quite as exciting as either the Beatles’ Abbey Road or the actual crossing that George Washington & Co. did, but, in our defense, this is also no ordinary crosswalk.crosswalks brick colored herringbone pattern Adbruf GeoPaveX

Take a look at the accompanying photos and you will see an eye-catching, red brick, herringbone-patterned crosswalk in a rustic wooded setting.

But guess what– that’s not real brick!

The material used for this crosswalk is called GeoPaveX by Adbruf, which, in a convenient twist of fate that ties in nicely with apcon workers installing adbruf crosswalkthis story, is a company that is headquartered in England.

In a nutshell, this crosswalk was installed on top of asphalt, whereby an aggregate stone is mixed with a resin and applied as a coating, and then stamped into the pattern you see.  The result is a fresh-looking, long-lasting crosswalk that stands out to drivers and pedestrians alike.  Plus, there are many benefits of this installation compared to laying an actual brick crosswalk, including:

  • Quicker installation— Laying bricks can take multiple days and require extensive labor, thus disrupting traffic for a long stretch of time, and potentially incurring extensive costs. For a project like this, Adbruf can be installed in under a day, thus minimizing traffic snarls and costs.
  • Consistently flat surface— If you’ve ever walked down a brick sidewalk or crosswalk, you’ll know how bumpy and uneven it can get, especially as the foundation below it expands and contracts over time. Adbruf, on the other hand, maintains its flat surface as long as the asphalt below remains true, which is generally the case since asphalt pavement has good long term stability. All in all, Adbruf surfaces minimize tripping hazards, thus making it safe for pedestrians.
  • No loose stones— Unlike bricks, a crosswalk made with a product like Adbruf’s GeoPaveX is one solid surface, so stones will not become loose and need repair, plus weed growth is inhibited compared to brick pathways.

These are just some of the benefits obtained by using Adbruf’s GeoPaveX for a crosswalk, and if you’re interested in learning more, please feel free to contact us at 215-672-8000 or info@assocpaving.com.

Thanks for reading and safe travels!


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.


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!


Recycling Roads in the Windy City

In recent weeks, we’ve talked about Philadelphia’s ambitious plans for using more porous paving in local streets as well as research from Toronto about the possibility of using asphalt pavement as an energy source.

Now comes an intriguing article by Forbes about Chicago’s Department of Transportation recycling roof shingles, used tires, and reclaimed pavement from other streets and utilizing the mix to pave the famous Michigan Avenue.

As described in the Forbes article, this was a bold move due to the challenge of working with the various materials, but the results have been very successful.  The cited benefits of this mix are that it’s about 40% cheaper, the street is of higher quality, and it’s more noise absorbent than traditional pavement.

We here at APCON applaud these efforts and we look forward to seeing this mix of recycled products become more widespread.

 


Hot Asphalt as a New Power Source?

You might be driving your car on a future source of power.

Paved asphalt, as anybody who has walked down a city street in the summer can tell you, is a tremendous absorber of heat from solar energy– hence the term “heat island effect” during hot days.  Well, if researchers from Canada have their way, there may be an opportunity to utilize the heat-absorbing effect of asphalt as an effective power source.

According to an article on thestar.com entitled, “Hot asphalt an untapped source of power”, describes one possibility of how this might work:

“Since 2010, researchers… have been experimenting with different ways of harnessing this solar energy supply, laying a series of pipes beneath the street surface. These pipes could eventually be used to heat water that is then pumped to surrounding buildings, or filled with other liquids that turn to vapour used to drive steam turbines generating electricity to power street lamps and for other uses.”

Pretty novel ideas, wouldn’t you agree?

Take a look at the full article to learn more, as it’s an interesting read.  Now, let’s just hope that it can become a reality since it could be a win-win situation for cities and towns that have a high percentage of asphalt in their jurisdiction. 

The future of renewable energy may just be heating up…


Seal Your Pavement Now, Realize Savings Later

Summer is here—time for sun, sand, and… seal coating?

With summer approaching, many folks in the Delaware Valley will start kicking their vacation plans into high gear, whether it’s walking the boards at the Jersey Shore, lounging by the pool, or cooling off up in the Poconos.  But don’t forget about your pavement!

Yes, the pavement in your driveway, parking lot, or roadway needs your attention.  Depending on the extremes in weather, usage, and other factors, your pavement will weaken over time.

But for those who plan ahead, this summer is a great time to seal coat your asphalt to help maintain your pavement in preparation for next winter and any upcoming bad weather we may experience.

Bad weather, such as snow, ice, and heavy rain, can exacerbate potholes, cracks, and crumbling.  To help reduce the chance of these problems next winter, a seal coat this summer will go a long way.

Seal coating is a process of applying an asphalt-based emulsion pavement sealer to the top of the asphalt.  This coating protects the pavement by preventing water, oil, and gasoline from penetrating the surface and deteriorating the asphalt binder, which ultimately causes the base asphalt to deteriorate prematurely.

And once your asphalt deteriorates, then you’re looking at a major expense of possibly replacing the asphalt altogether, sooner than normal.  As a result, it is recommended that asphalt should be seal coated every 2-3 years, depending on wear and tear.

So, before kicking off your shoes and sliding on your flip-flops this summer, contact APCON at 800-887-2222 or info@assocpaving.com to help with your seal coating needs… your pavement will thank you for it.  Have a fun, safe, and healthy summer. Enjoy it, whatever you may do!

PS– If you plan to seal coat or perform other paving maintenance, be sure to avoid asphalt paving scammers wherever you live, go with the pros and you will avoid lots of headaches.

 


Summer is Here… Beware of Paving Scammers

Summer brings with it a lot of great things… fireworks, swimming, barbecues, and more.

APCON workers with dump truck repaving in a residential neighborhood.

But, like clockwork, there is one annual plight for all homeowners and property managers to be aware of:  the dreaded door-to-door paving peddler.Perhaps you have seen or heard about these folks.  Out of the blue, some guy you don’t know will knock on your door and ask you if you’d like your driveway repaired.  Your best answer?  Just say “NO!”

The Better Business Bureau put out a helpful article that we thought we’d share regarding these prevalent and pesky asphalt paving scammers.  Take heed of the BBB’s precautions and be sure to alert others who may be susceptible.

Asphalt repairs should be handled by the pros and not a Joe Shmoe off the street.  Unfortunately, we’ve heard of far too many victims who have been burned by unprofessional paving scammers.  There are plenty of great paving companies out there that this shouldn’t happen to anybody else.

With all that said, enjoy your summer… and your driveway!

P.S.- Need to fix up your asphalt or concrete driveway?  Associated Paving Contractors serves the Philadelphia metro area and we would be happy to hear from you about your paving needs.  Please feel free to contact us at 215-672-8000 or info@assocpaving.comThanks!