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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

Thanks for reading and safe travels!

“Manufacturing” New Asphalt at Manufacturers’ Golf & Country Club

As we always say here at APCON, your driveway and parking lot represent an important first impression of your business.  And a not-so-subtle one at that.

When customers and visitors drive up to your building, does it look like you have rolled out the red carpet for them with a clean, safe, attractive pavement, or does it look like you don’t care about upkeep and instead leave potholes, cracks, and alligatored areas to fester?

Recently, Manufacturers’ Golf & Country Club in Fort Washington, PA contacted us because a large area of their driveway had developed problem spots that needed to be addressed.  APCON was able to come in and re-pave this damaged section, restoring a beautiful look that is conducive to such an esteemed club, all while minimizing disruption to the Club’s traffic flow and pedestrian usage.

The project included an asphalt paving overlay and a new stormwater inlet, and we completed it all in a day.  The Club was thrilled with the improvements and our quick turnaround time.  We enjoyed the opportunity to handle this job and work at such a historic golf club in the Philadelphia area.  And, undoubtedly, drivers will appreciate the smoothe pavement that greets them upon entering the club’s grounds.

To see some shots from after our work was completed, click on any of the thumbnails below to view larger images of the site.

If your parking lot or driveway has gone into disrepair, fear not, APCON can help!  Associated Paving Contractors has expertise in doing the job right all while minizing disruption to your business.  Please call us at 215-672-8000 or email us today to see how we might be able to improve your grounds efficiently and affordably.

Porous Paving in the News Again

Check out this example of porous paving in action, courtesy of Hudson Valley’s Your News Now.

Though porous paving is a technology whereby asphalt pavement drains water through it is over 30 years old, it is becoming more prevalent as townships deal with flooding and storm water drainage issues.

Though porous pavement may not be suitable in every location, it can serve a valuable purpose for areas that get flooded easily (like the area near Lake George, as cited in the first link above).   And with townships and cities looking to improve upon their city infrastructure, we anticipate porous paving will gain interest amongst city planners in years ahead.

Looking to install porous paving in your parking area or roadway in the Philadelphia area?  Please feel free to contact us here at APCON and we’d be happy to talk to you about it.  Call us at 800-887-2222 or email us at your earliest convenience.



Don’t Say We Didn’t Warn Ya!

About three weeks ago, we posted an article about an article from the Better Business Bureau regarding asphalt paving scammers who go around to houses door-to-door, offering to perform work on driveways at dirt cheap prices.

Well, just yesterday a swindler in Maryland was sent to jail for racking up $63,000+ in fraudulent sales of pavement services, on top of $80,000 he swindled in South Carolina… and who knows how much more that we don’t even know about.

Fortunately he won’t be able to scam anybody else for the next two years as he will be spending his time in the crossbar motel.  But, sadly, it’s doubtful that most of the victims– mostly senior citizens– will get their money back from him anytime soon, if ever.

So, once again, if any purported paving pro who pops up at your front door unexpectedly and offers to pave your driveway for a pittance, kick ’em to the curb!  And do alert your local police department as this may be an illegal undertaking in your area.

As the saying goes, if it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is.  You’ve been warned…

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 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 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!

The Number 1 Recycled Material in America is…

As you well know, recycling is a prevalent, and easy-to-practice form of environmental stewardship.  Use it, recycle it, and re-use it… it’s as simple as that.

In today’s world, recycling bins for cans and bottles can be found in virtually every public space, paper recycling is a common household process, and even CFL bulbs are recyclable.

But do you know what the most recycled material in America is, and has been since the early 1990s?

It’s none other than… Asphalt!

According to the National Asphalt Pavement Association, approximately 99 percent of asphalt is recycled here in the U.S., weighing in at a hefty 62 million tons in 2010.

These are some impressive numbers indeed, and Associated Paving Contractors is proud to have been recycling asphalt since the ’90s when the process was still a fairly new concept.  Fortunately, many other paving contractors across the country have realized the environmental and cost benefits of recycling asphalt, and we hope that trend continues.

So the next time you drive down a road and look at the pavement, remember that you are part of one of the most successful recycling campaigns in history.

And Now for a Brief History of Asphalt…

The road to perfecting asphalt has been a long and winding one.  With perhaps some speedbumps along the way.

An informative article from the National Asphalt Paving Association describes the history of a product that we take for granted in today’s world.  Indeed, we walk and ride on paved asphalt every day, and yet most of us probably never even think about how asphalt is made, where it came from, or why it’s the best option for road surfaces.  Well, correction, we here at APCON think about it!

In this article, many historical facts are brought to the surface, including:

  • “The first recorded use of asphalt as a road building material was in Babylon around 625 B.C.”
  • “Today (asphalt) covers more than 94 percent of the paved roads in the United States.”
  • In 1595, Sir Walter Raleigh discovered a “lake of asphalt on the Island of Trinidad, off the coast of Venezuela.  He used this asphalt for re-caulking his ships.”
  • “In 1870, a Belgium chemist named Edmund J. DeSmedt laid the first true asphalt pavement in (the U.S.), a sand mix in front of the City Hall in Newark, New Jersey”

Check out the article to learn more… and be sure to thank your asphalt for the great job it does day in and day out!


Nat Geo Report Highlights Philly’s Permeable Paving Prospects

In our last blog post, we talked about Philadelphia’s “Green 2015” program and how the City of Philadelphia aims to remove unused pavement in the City and install green areas instead.

An article recently crossed our desk about a related topic, and this time it was National Geographic’s take on Philadelphia’s Green City Clean Waters Program.”  The program was designed to better manage storm water runoff in a city with a sewer system that can get inundated when it rains, and subsequently draw pollution out to the Schuykill and Delaware Rivers.

This article is a good read for Philadelphia area residents, or for anybody who is interested in improving the way cities interact with the environment, as well as those of us who are into anything and everything pavement related(!).

One prime area of change that is touted in this article is the usage of permeable paving (also called “porous” or “pervious” paving), which is an asphalt surface that allows water to pass through it to the ground, while also allowing traffic to pass over it.  Permeable paved surfaces help to prevent streets from getting backed up with storm water during rain storms, minimize pollution in water runoff, and lessen the need for additional infrastructure to help move storm water safely from the streets.

And, on a side note, did you know that permeable paving was developed in Philadelphia at the Franklin Institute in 1977?   Pretty wild how things can come full circle.

And, on another side note and shameless bit of self-promotion, Associated Paving Contractors has experience with installing permeable paving surfaces throughout the Delaware Valley area.  If you would like to learn more about this innovative paving technique and how it may or may not be the right fit for your planned paving project, please feel free to give us a call at 215-672-8000 or email us today.  Thank you.