Preparation Requirements Before Paving a Road

Preparation Requirements Before Paving a Road

Occasionally, people will witness a road being paved. The paver lays the asphalt and the roller makes it smooth. It looks so easy! But the road requires numerous preparations before being ready to take on asphalt. Derk Harmsen Construction paving techniques are successful due to the following preparations:

  • High-level planning of the road.
    • Excavation of the road area.
    • Choosing the right type of asphalt.

Planning a New Road

Far before laying asphalt, the future road must be planned. This planning includes considering traffic volume, utility lines, and drainage and sewer locations. The new road will not be completely detached by itself. Instead, it will be connected by sewers and other above and underground fixtures.

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The Stowe Reporter details some of the planning that is a part of paving a new road. “In addition to maintaining our existing paved roads, new stormwater regulations may put increasing pressure on municipalities to pave some gravel roads, particularly if they are hydrologically connected to an adjacent waterway, in order to control sediment runoff into the streams.” We can see here how many factors can affect laying a concrete or asphalt road.

Excavating the Road Area

First, it needs to be decided exactly where the new road will be. Then, the area must be completely cleaned of any trees, grass, or other vegetation. This is accomplished by excavating the area. During excavation, the road area will be shaped which makes it easy for the asphalt to be applied. There are three steps to excavation. These are mounting, grading, and aggregating.

Mounting transfers the dirt around the road, giving it its shape. Grading smooths and levels the surface. Aggregating concrete, soil, and limestone to stabilize the road.

Choose the Right Type of Asphalt

Different types of roads required different types of asphalt. The types are porous, perpetual, quiet, hot mix, and warm mix. Porous is often used for parking lots. Perpetual is strong and flexible which is good for roadways. Quiet is great for residential communities. Hot mix goes well on driveways. And warm mix is a green-friendly choice, which uses more recycled asphalt. Perpetual seems the best choice for creating roadways due to its strength, flexibility, and longevity.

Contact Us

The experts of Derk Harmsen Construction have served the residents of Houston, TX, and surrounding areas for over 35 years. Derk Harmsen Construction paving is fully insured and bonded. We specialize in paving asphalt parking lots, driveways, and roadways. Our professionals have paved thousands of projects in the area. No project is too big or too small. If you have an upcoming project, you may contact us for a free consultation and quote.

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