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WMA, SMA Mix Design Produces Smooth Road Martin Marietta combines two technologies, two paving projects and receives NAPA award.


Winning with Wheeled Pavers After eight decades, ST Bunn Construction Co., Tuscaloosa, AL, has settled on a platform of wheeled asphalt pavers.


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ON THE COVER Austin Materials, Austin, TX, uses Dynapac’s F1800W City Class Paver for a repair project on Interstate 10. Provided by their dealer, Clonser

Equipment, Shertz, TX, the F1800W features the V3500VE screed, positive traction wheel drive, intuitive toggle switch control, and offers basic paving widths of 5.75 ft. – 11.5 ft. (8 ft. - 13.5 ft. with 1-ft. bolt-on extensions). Photo courtesy Dynapac North America LLC, Fort Mill, SC.

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Subscription policy: Individual subscriptions are available without charge in the U.S. only to pavement maintenance contractors, producers and government employees involved in paving or pavement maintenance; dealers, and distributors of pavement maintenance equipment or materials; and others with similar business activities. Complete the subscription form at www. forconstructionpros.com or use your company letterhead giving all the information requested. Publisher reserves the right to reject nonqualified subscribers. One year subscriptions for nonqualified individuals: $35.00 U.S.A., $60.00 Canada and Mexico, and $85.00 all other countries (payable in U.S. funds, drawn on U.S. bank). Single copies available (prepaid only) $10.00 each (U.S., Canada & Mexico), $15.00 each (International). Pavement Maintenance & Reconstruction (ISSN 1098-5875), is published eight times per year: January, February, March/April, May, June/July, August/ September, October/November, December by AC Business Media, 201 N. Main St., Fifth Floor, Fort Atkinson, WI 53538. Periodicals postage paid at Fort Atkinson, WI and additional entry offices. POSTMASTER: Please send change of address to Pavement, PO Box 3605, Northbrook, IL 60065-3605. Printed in the USA. PAVEMENT MAINTENANCE & RECONSTRUCTION is proudly supported by these associations:

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What’s Inside August/September 2020 DEPARTMENTS 6

Editorial Have You Entered for a Pavement Award?


Hot Mix The Latest News in the Industry


Just In Select New Products and Upgrades


NPE Buzz Humphrey, Shereck, Panzenhagen are “Must See” Speakers at NPE 2021.


Pavement Profit Center


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On the Job


Seeking a Solution for Heat Stress. 48

From the Owner’s Desk What Your Office Says About You!


Your Business Matters Two Lien Questions Answered.


Technology Update Safety Innovations for the Striping Industry.



NAPSA Report New Health benefit for Members.


WSA Update Florida Studies Support Sweeping as Stormwater BMP.


PCTC Dispatch Sealcoating Optimizes Pavement Life-Cycle Costs.


Contractor Snapshot A Family Atmosphere, In-house Services, and Delegating Responsibility Enable New York’s Stasi Brothers to Reach the 100-employee Mark.




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Have You Entered for a Pavement Award? COVID-19 IS making 2020 a difficult year, but contractors are still on the job performing high-quality work, stepping-up to bigger jobs and embracing on-thejob challenges. Why not get recognized for the great work you’re doing? It’s time – for the seventh year in a row – to begin thinking about documenting your best or most-challenging jobs so you can enter them to receive a 2021 Pavement Award. Presented by Pavement Maintenance &

Reconstruction, the annual awards provide industrywide recognition for contractors involved in all aspects of pavement maintenance. Awards recognize contractors for their 2020 efforts, and entries are open for: • Seal & Stripe: Small Job • Seal & Stripe: Large Job • Paving: Non-Parking Lot • Paving: Parking Lot • Good Neighbor Award (charitable efforts) • Best Marketing Video • Best of the Web • Cutting-Edge Sweeper

All entries must be made online at ForConstructionPros.com/PavementAwards. All that’s required is a brief description of the job and its challenges. Then upload two high-resolution photos and you’re done! So as we get deeper into the season, keep the 2021 Pavement Awards in mind. Note particularly good work and tough challenges, take photos - and enter them in the appropriate category. Actual deadline is November 1, but you don’t have to wait...

And you can enter in multiple categories – but note: Entries are limited to one job per company per category. Pavement’s Advisory Board selects the winning entries, and winners will be announced at the 2021 National Pavement Expo, Jan. 20-23, 2021 in Nashville, and in the February 2021 issue of Pavement.











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Sweeping Corp. of America Acquires Envirosweep Sweeping Corp. of America (SCA), Cleveland, OH, has expanded into Indiana with the acquisition of Envirosweep, LLC, based in Indianapolis. The acquisition follows the acquisition earlier this year of Columbus, OH-based Contract Sweepers & Equipment Company, bringing the total number of acquisitions to 13 since the SCA platform was formed in 2017. SCA now operates from more than 40 locations in 16 states. Founded in 1981 as a family-owned business, Envirosweep is a member of the North American Power Sweeping Association (NAPSA) and is a NAPSAdesignated Certified Sweeping Company. With a fleet of more than 30 sweepers, Envirosweep provides sweeping for

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Humphrey, Shereck, Panzenhagen Are "Must See" Speakers at NPE 2021 A brief insight into upcoming sessions from top-rated speakers FOR THOSE PONDERING a trip to the National Pavement Expo (NPE), scheduled for Jan. 20-23, 2021 at the Music City Center in Nashville, TN, the full experience involves more than a trip to the expansive show floor. Thanks to a full slate of educational sessions, attendees can find practical new ideas that they can bring home. “If you leave the show with a couple new nuggets of knowledge,” says Brad Humphrey, vice president of Human Resources and Employee Development, Pavecon, Grand Prairie, TX, “it's been a successful show.” As an industry veteran and long-time NPE speaker, Humphrey is considered one of the must-see speakers who has two sessions on Saturday, Jan. 23. His How to Plan and Properly Schedule Jobs offers tools and techniques to avoid all-too-common mistakes. “A lot of contractors are really horrible at planning,” he says. “They estimate the job, win the job, but oftentimes will not spend the extra half-hour-to-one-hour to really plan the job out. “The sub-trade specialists — at least the good ones — are starting to wake up to the fact that it really is cheaper if you do things right the first time. This is a mini quality session on planning. Most guys and gals in the class will not have seen any of this stuff, and it will blow them away.” Humphrey’s second session, Creating and Sustaining Your Competitive Advantage, will tackle the inherent problems of a crowded marketplace. “The economy was pumping nicely the last

few years, and that's good news,” Humphrey says. “The bad news was that there were a lot more players. A lot of hometown contractors suddenly found more competitors offering services at a lower price. In this session, I will try to help them leverage their unique selling proposition. That means getting an idea of what they do the best. How do you separate yourself from the pack?” Mike Shereck, leadership consultant and executive coach and head of the Mike Shereck Group, Naperville, IL, presents three sessions. There is a Reason They Call it the Top Line is essentially about selling in this “new world.” “It's about a focused selling approach, understanding the customer and yourself, and how to make the most out of the chaos that's occurring in the market,” Shereck says. “The new world is all of the things that have occurred since 2008, including the COVID situation.” Shereck uses his real-world experience to impart practical strategies. “In 2008, one of the worst years in the pavement industry, I sold $5.8 million, so I have background in dealing with that kind of situation,” he says. “It's about creating partnerships and making things happen with customers.” On day two, Shereck will shift gears to The Four Core Distinctions of Leadership, a presentation he made last year to strong effect. “We'll be looking at leadership as opposed to management,” he says. “The first core distinction is determining, ‘What is your purpose? Why does your business matter?’ We look at integrity, authenticity, and messaging. This year, we're really going to tailor it to paving.” Finally, on day three, Shereck will conclude with The Times They Are a Changing - Managing in Turbulent

Times. “We'll look at how leadership is needed in these times of chaos, with self-awareness and understanding. You can see all the nonsense that goes on with people pointing and blaming. It's all about who you are and what you stand for,” he says. With Shereck and Humphrey focusing on more philosophical matters, Jim Panzenhagen, owner of JMP Excelsior Services LLC, Oakland, NJ, will zero in on the “how to” portion with sessions on basic parking lot layout and basic striping, and another dealing with use of the auto-layout machine. “Someone who has never used a machine, or has never laid out a parking lot will benefit the most from this [layout and basic striping] class,” he says. “Even veteran stripers will get a new way of looking at laying out a parking lot. The class will cover everything from arriving at the job site, laying out the parking lot, painting the parking lot, and cleanup at the end of the job.” These are just a few of the featured sessions, and show organizers are planning for strong content up and down the schedule. “I believe the in-person trade show is a must,” Humphrey says. “There is something about being among your peers. At NPE, there is a brotherhood and sisterhood with teamwork and relationships. It's an opportunity to feel the energy of people all over the country. You don't get a lot of losers going to these shows. They are growing their businesses. If you can attend in person, and participate face to face, that's the best.” For details visit www.nationalpavementexpo. com.

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Martin Marietta combines two technologies, two paving projects and receives NAPA award

MARTIN MARIETTA, LAKEWOOD, CO, had produced and worked with both warm mix asphalt and stone matrix asphalt before, but last year for the first time they combined the two on two road paving projects where half of the road was owned by Lakewood and half by Denver. Martin Marietta bid the job for each city separately, but when they were awarded both contracts they decided to combine the work and complete them as one job, according to Andrew Chaulk, project manager, Martin Marietta. The contractor milled 40,000 sq. yds., 1½ in. thick of pavement and constructed a 2-in. overlay using 4400 tons of hot mix asphalt. “We looked at them as two separate projects and bid them accordingly,” says Andrew Chaulk, project manager at Martin Marietta. “Once we were awarded both contracts, we treated them as one job. It was a straightforward operation. A pretty standard job that went really well.” The resulting work, which received a smoothness bonus, was named one of the 10 recipients of the National Asphalt Pavement Association’s 2019 Larry H. Lemon Quality in Construction Award for excellence in construction of an asphalt pavement utilizing less than 50,000 tons of asphalt. West Belleview Avenue is a four-lane road that measures 68 ft. wide, which includes four 12-ft. lanes and two 20-ft. turn sections in the middle. Martin Marietta began work in May 2019 and completed the job in eight working days. The 2019 Larry H. Lemon Quality in Construction Award recognized Martin Marietta, Lakewood, CO, for its work involving more than 40,000 sq. yds. of milling and 4400 tons of paving on West Belleview Avenue, the dividing street between Colorado cities Lakewood and Denver.

The 12-person paving crew used a 10-ft. CAT paver and three steel drum rollers operating in vibratory mode.

Using a Wider Mill Chaulk says milling was done first over four days. Crews lowered all manholes and water valves and a subcontractor set up traffic control. They worked on the outside lane first, diverting traffic into the middle, then reversed and milled the inside lane while traffic was diverted to the outside. Martin Marietta hired a subcontractor to handle traffic control for them and there as many as 10 people controlling traffic through the work zone. “It got extremely busy out there with traffic running by the work zone,” he says. “There was quite a bit of activity all the time.” Chaulk says arrow boards were set on both ends of the work zone and the subcontractor coned off the work area running a cone line the full length of the street to separate the traffic from the work zone. Flaggers were used behind and in front of the mill and were also positioned strategically throughout the job to help with cross streets and to keep drivers from getting too close behind the mill. Crews used a 12-ft. Wirtgen milling machine throughout the job because the Lakewood contract contained a smoothness specification. “We carried

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The road was milled in sections using a 12-ft. mill. The contractor started on the outside lane while the traffic was in the middle and once the outside lane was milled, crews moved to the center. The same process was followed with paving.

A first-time effort combining warm mix asphalt and stone matrix asphalt to pave a road where each half was owned by a different city resulted in a 2019 National Asphalt Pavement Association honor for Martin Marietta, Lakewood, CO.

that same thought process through onto the Denver side even though Denver didn’t have that spec,” Chaulk says. “The 12-ft. mill is 5 ft. larger than a standard 7-ft. mill and that 7-ft. mill

puts you right in the middle of the travel lane,” he says. “On the second pass with a 7-ft. mill you usually end up leaving a small ridge that you don’t notice when you’re driving but that does affect the smoothness. A 12-ft. mill typically pushes that ridge to within a few inches of where the striping will be, depending on the lane width, so it doesn’t impact the profilograph.”

Martin Marietta used one mill supported by a seven-person crew and between eight and 12 trucks hauling the millings away. “One person operated the mill, one person on the ground was responsible for guiding the trucks, getting them in place and backing them to the mill,” Chaulk says. “We had one person in the rear keeping an eye on milling depth and alerting the operator to anything in the pavement he might need to be aware of, a skid steer operator picking up extra debris, a broom operator and one laborer.” When milling was complete, the milled section was swept, and the traffic control subcontractor applied temporary markings replicating the original striping before the road was reopened to traffic.

WMA, SMA Combination Yields Benefits Chaulk says that standard stone matrix asphalt (SMA) was specified in both bids. Lakewood also wanted to be


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Because the milled pavement had been open to traffic, it was swept again before tack drivers sprayed asphalt emulsion onto the area to be paved for the day.

environmentally conscious and wanted to be able to market the paving job as a green product by lowering the energy consumption in production of the mix. “Lakewood was interested in trying it to see what the benefits of warm mix

Crews lowered all manholes and water valves before the milling, then once milling was completed raised them back up for the overlay.


asphalt were and what the challenges were, so they spec’d it for their half of the road,” Chaulk says. So when producing the mix, Martin Marietta added ZycoTherm, which Chaulk says lowered the production temperature of the mix from the typical 350°F to 275°F when placed. That also appealed to Lakewood because WMA enables the road to be opened to traffic sooner. “You have to let the mix cool to 170°F before we can open it to traffic and when you’re using WMA it only has to cool from 275°F to 170°F, not from 350°F so can let traffic on it that much sooner,” he says. “ZycoTherm increases the workability life of the asphalt and basically enables you to pave in colder weather,” Chaulk says. “We’ve used it before, but this was the first time we used it with SMA. We’ve also never used it with that much tonnage.” Chaulk says the 12-person paving crew used a 10-ft. CAT paver and three steel drum rollers operating in vibratory mode. He says the work was straightforward, completed much like any paving job. Because the milled pavement had been open to traffic, it was swept again before tack drivers sprayed asphalt emulsion onto the area to be paved for the day. He says the WMA/SMA mix acted just like a normal mix, for the most part. “For the first couple of truckloads it was a little tough to get through the machine because it was real sticky product, but once we got it worked through the machine it was pretty similar to a standard SMA mix,” Chaulk says. Chaulk says the only change they made in the paving process was adding an extra roller. “We added an extra roller to work out the roller lines farther back behind the paver and we could do that because the mix was cooling slower because it was WMA,” he says.

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After eight decades, ST Bunn Construction Co., Tuscaloosa, AL, has settled on a platform of wheeled asphalt pavers IN THE LAST two years, ST Bunn Construction Co., has acquired two 10-ft. Super 2003-3i pavers with VR 600 rear-mounted screeds, and an 8-ft. Super 1703-3i paver with VF 500 frontmounted screed – all wheeled pavers. "I've owned tracked pavers and


wheeled pavers, and in our experience, wheeled pavers are less expensive to operate. There will always be times we need a tracked paver. Just north of here we can get into some very steep roads where we need the traction of a tracked paver, and sometimes we work in soil conditions in which we need a tracked paver,” says ST “Sonny” Bunn Jr., president of the Tuscaloosa, AL, contractor. While both wheeled and tracked pavers put down fine mats, it's the mobility of the wheeled paver that appeals to ST Bunn Construction.

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ERS ST Bunn Construction uses Super 17033i wheeled paver on parking lot.

"I can't tell the difference in the quality of the work between wheeled and tracked," Bunn says. "We don't see any appreciable difference in the smoothness of the mat with a tracked paver vs a rubber tired paver. However, if you are working multiple jobs in small towns, or even in the city of Tuscaloosa, we can 'road' the wheeled paver from one job to the other faster than we can a tracked paver." "We've always had a great relationship with our distributor, Tractor & Equipment Co., which stands behind their products, so in 2017 I bought two Super 2003-3i

pavers with the VR 600 rear-mounted screeds. We purchased both of these units at the same time and have won several awards due to their performance." Bunn's Super 1703-3i paver has an 8-ft. VF 500 front-mount screed from Vögele, and was acquired in April 2019. The mobility of wheeled pavers was made clear when Bunn paved a parking lot for a new school under construction in Buhl, AL, in west Tuscaloosa County. There, its Super 1703-3i placed asphalt on a base course within tight radii around curves and parking lot curbs, but also long pulls in one direction which required the paver to back up for another run in the same direction. A Hamm DV+70i VV-S roller with split drums front and rear compacted the parking lot. Bunn says his Vögele pavers have performed so well in the years he's had them that they have won multiple awards for paving performance. More than that, they let ST Bunn Construction put its mark on the community in a rewarding way and lets them express pride in what they are doing. "I have always tried to buy the best equipment that I think will do the best job. It takes attention to detail, more care, and a little extra work to do a really good job," Bunn says. "We live here and try to do the very best job we can."

Tom Kuennen is a freelance writer in the surface transportation industry and can be reached at www.expresswaysonline.com.

➍ ➊ On new school parking lot, Hamm DV+70i VV-S follows Super 1703-3i. ➋ In just two years ST Bunn Construction has received a wall’s worth of awards for its paving work; (from left) ST “Sonny” Bunn Jr., president; Jody Thomason, Tractor & Equipmentbranch manager; and Guy Watkins, ST Bunn Const., operations manager ➌ Super 1703-3i paver is paired with VF 500 front-mounted screed, all from Vögele. ➍ Bunn Construction pairs 8-ft. wheeled paver with Vögele VF500 screed. ➎ Wide operator platform provides excellent visibility to pavement below.

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Pavement Solutions gets the job done – twice – for local hospital IN THE SPRING of 2018, Centegra Hospital, Huntley, Il, was running behind schedule on construction of a helipad on hospital grounds. Once the concrete pad was constructed it needed to be painted to specifications before it could be used – and Centegra needed it ready for use right away.

They reached out to local contractor Pavement Solutions, Palatine, IL, to handle painting the helipad. “It was a unique rush job that had to be completed immediately as soon as construction was completed,” says John Butler, owner of Pavement Solutions. “As soon as they finished the concrete work on the pad we had to rush to get it striped.” Started in 2001, Pavement Solutions employs 50 people and generates between $8 and $9 million in annual

The concrete contractor used a wax-based sealer to slow the curing process of concrete to prevent cracking, but because Pavement Solutions couldn’t wait to apply the paint, they knew they would be repainting the helipad within a year.

sales. The company does some residential paving, but outside of that everything is commercial work including concrete flatwork and pavement maintenance services including sealcoating, cracksealing, striping and concrete joint sealing. Most of the work is in northern

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Illinois, but the company does travel extensively, providing pavement maintenance services to big box retailers throughout the country. Butler says pavement marking is a big part of their business, locally and nationally, generating 15% of revenue. Asphalt paving generates another 20%, concrete joint sealing generates 20%, pavement maintenance (sealcoating, cracksealing, repair) generates 20% and the remaining 25% he classifies as miscellaneous including concrete flatwork and bollard installation.

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to happen. They knew we were going to have to restripe it in a year, so we both knew what we were getting into,” Butler says. “We were in cahoots with them.” Pavement Solutions asked the hospital and the concrete contractor what kind of sealer had been used on the concrete. “When painting concrete we always ask what they seal it with because we know some concrete sealers aren’t compatible with the paint,” he says. As Pavement Solutions learned, the contractor had applied a wax-based sealer to slow curing of the concrete pad and to protect the concrete from cracking. “Wax-based sealers don’t match with the chlorinated rubber paint that was specified so we knew we were going to have to repaint it in within a year or so. But we told them that and they understood that it wasn’t going to hold up. But they needed it done.” So Pavement Solutions applied three coats of chlorinated rubber red, marked and painted the white medical cross and the H in the middle, and added the numbers. “The concrete was still green, but we just painted over it.” The helipad was open for landings.

Removing the Old Paint A year later, in the spring of 2019, Pavement Solutions was back on the job, repainting the helipad. And the second time they had to redo the complete layout process. Butler says that they first tried removing the chlorinated rubber paint with a shot Figure 4. Measure 10 ft. away from that inside corner point on both sides to create the end point of the arm of the white cross.

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Figure 5. Connect the end points of the 10-ft. lines snapped in Figure 4; the white cross is outlined.

blaster, thinking some of the layout and markings would remain intact. “But the paint was so thick the shot blaster wouldn’t remove it,” he says. So they turned to a 40,000-psi water blaster with a spin jet which removed everything. “We had to redo the entire layout process because the water blasting removed all the markings,” Butler says. “We had to wait four days after the pressure washing to enable the concrete to dry out.” And then they began to layout the job for the second time.

Painting the Second Time First they applied three layers of chlorinated rubber red, allowing the paint to dry before each successive coat. Once the pad was painted red, they had to lay out the cross, the H and the numbers. All measurements were based on a blueprint supplied by the hospital. The concrete pad was 44 ft. in diameter so Eduardo Escorza Jr., who has Figure 6. Using the vertical chalk line through the center point, measure 3 ft., 3 in. in each direction above and below the horizontal line (four marks) and snap those lines vertically. These are the outside edges of the H.


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been with the company 12 years and led the crew, started by locating the center of the circle pad (see Figures 1 and 2). The Pavement Solutions crew marked two nonparallel lines from edge to edge of the pad, then bisected each line with a perpendicular line and chalked that line. Where the two lines crossed was the center of the circle, 22 ft. from the edge. “Everything else was built out from there,” Butler says. From the center point, crews measured and created the H, the target of the landing area, which had to have an east/west orientation. Vertical arms are 1 ft. wide and 10 ft. long, the horizontal center of the H is 2 ft. wide, and the H is 6 ½ ft. from side to side. The H was measured and taped in place to preserve the red. Next crews measured and snapped chalk lines, creating a square within the red circle. Working within that square and working back towards the taped H, crews marked the outline of the white medical cross, then used a striper Figure 7. Using the horizontal chalk line through the center point, measure 1 ft. up and 1 ft. down on both sides of center point (four marks) and snap that chalk line. This is the crossbar of the H.

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Figure 8. Using the vertical lines created in Figure 5, measure 1 ft. in from left edge of H and 1 ft. in from the right edge, above and below the horizontal (four marks). Connect those dots vertically, creating the vertical legs of the H.

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to paint the white cross, including spraying over the taped H. They also painted a 6-in.-wide white rim around the entire pad, eyeballing it all the way. Once the white cross was dry, they peeled up the tape, revealing the red H. Next the crew measured the box for the numbers, chalking the box and the taping off the four numbers. (The 12 is the tonnage limit of the weight of the helicopter and 44 is the maximum diameter of the helicopter blades the pad can accommodate.) The box outlines were painted black using a machine while the numbers themselves were painted by hand with a roller.

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Butler says the three-person crew completed the job in one day over 10 hours, some of which was simply waiting for paint to dry. “I sometimes take for granted what this crew can do,” Butler says. “They’ve done some really neat work from American flags to maps of the United States and this is just another example. It’s a great marketing piece for us.”

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The type of work your company completes will help determine which type of paver you should buy SOME FEATURES ON an asphalt paver, such as joystick controls or cup holders, are really about the preference of the operators. Some options however, like choosing a wheeled or tracked asphalt paver, will require more consideration into the type of work you’re going to be doing before you make the purchase. If your company mainly completes new construction, you should consider a tracked paver. But if you’re going to be completing a lot of overlay and municipality repairs, then a wheeled tire paver should be in your fleet. “Contractors need to consider the environment and the local geography they are going to be working in before deciding on a paver type,” says Kyle Neisen, product manager for pavers and MTVs at Roadtec. “For example, in Louisiana you would want a tracked paver to handle the sandy, wet, swampy conditions. If you are paving long stretches of plain highway work in Indiana or Ohio, a wheeled paver may be your choice.” Here are tips to keep in mind before making a purchase that you and your crew will have to work with for years to come.

Tracked Pavers Perform Under Pressure Tracked pavers tend to be preferred over wheels on softer bases because of their traction and flotation. These machines offer better stability and can usually turn in a tighter space better than a wheeled paver.

Tracked pavers tend to be preferred for softer bases because of their traction and flotation. The machines also offer better stability and can usually turn in a tighter space.

“All applications are well suited for tracked pavers, but the place they really differentiate themselves as being better is placing asphalt over aggregate base,” says Jon Anderson, sales support consultant at Caterpillar Inc. “The benefit of having all that track surface area for flotation on the sub-base and the tractive effort that it provides is hard to ignore.” Henry Polk, product manager at Bomag agrees, noting, “Track pavers are best in sub-base conditions because the weight of the paver is distributed over a larger area, thus reducing the risk of damaging the base." Since it’s not the final lift, it is more likely that you will be end dumping the trucks into the paver. As such, the ability of the track paver to push the trucks on the gravel base is critical. “Track pavers excel when pushing end dumps,” Anderson states. “When mix from the truck is tipped back at an angle into the hopper of the paver, the truck tends to push away, so the truck driver must apply brake pressure in order to stay engaged. With a track paver, all that weight from the material and the truck sits on top of the tracks and adds to the tractive effort of the paver. If you add 10,000 lbs. of weight in the hopper, the machine will have the traction to push much harder. “A wheel paver has most of the hopper weight over the front bogie wheels, so when weight is added to hopper, there isn’t any more tractive effort from

Consider the environment and the local geography you are going to be working in before deciding on a paver type.

the drive wheels. There is a delicate balance between the truck driver being able to hold the truck to the paver and the paver being able to push the truck. This function is easier when the wheel paver has front-wheel assist or all-wheel drive but is still not as good as a track paver. Nobody is happy when the truck pushes out of the paver and dumps the load on the ground.” The other place track pavers excel is wide width paving where you need a lot of traction to pull wide screeds. Smooth track pavers do not tear up the base like tracks with treads on them or, in many cases, disturb the base less than wheeled pavers when turning with a loaded hopper. “Tracked pavers are also preferred for offset paving (e.g., 12-ft. lane and 5-ft. shoulder),” adds Bill Laing, product manager, road products at Volvo Construction Equipment. “The tracked paver tends to maintain a more stable platform when doing wide width or offset paving. Comparing the amount of contact area between a tracked and a wheeled paver, the difference is noticeable.” Track pavers also do a great job paving in hilly and mountainous areas with steep grades, again, because of the tractive effort they can deliver without

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slipping and still push a truck uphill or hold one from running away downhill. They can also be helpful in specialty applications like airports. "The tracked pavers come in particularly useful when the paving widths start widening in any jobs where paving width is 20+ ft. and tighter tolerances are required," says Vijay Palanisamy, senior product marketing manager, Dynapac North America. "For projects such as airport or racetracks, track pavers are used primarily because it is specified in job specs, and/or the contractor prefers using a track paver due to the tighter tolerances or because that it is the one they’re most comfortable using." “There’s not a single paving job that I can’t put a tracked paver on... It doesn’t matter if it’s a steep hill or a soft base,” Niesen says. “Tracked pavers can go anywhere - parking lots, highways, county roads, etc. They can be use on surfaces that are first-time pavement with a


brand-new base, or on milled surface.” “It used to be that tracked pavers were more limited. But today with mobile track pavers providing high roading (travel) speeds, their versatility is irrefutable,” Anderson says.

Wheeled Pavers Built for Speed While tracked pavers are made for new surfaces, wheeled pavers are built more for use on existing surfaces such as mill and fill applications and overlays where traction isn’t as much of an issue. Even though mobile track pavers have increased their roading speeds, wheeled pavers are still designed to move much faster than their tracked counterparts, making them ideal for traveling a further distance around the jobsite. “Wheeled pavers are preferred for areas where the operator needs or wants to move the machine without putting it on a trailer,” Laing says. “The

wheeled paver is easier to move and travels faster, so it’s more flexible for transporting shorter distances.” This is especially important when paving under pressure for highway and city work. "Interstate night paving projects have time restrictions for paving start and end times, so paving contractors are looking for ways to cover as much ground as possible," Palanisamy says. "Those projects have restricted areas for parking/storage of the equipment and the distance varies from the storage to actual paving start and stop, which sometimes requires the paver to be driven on the road. The wheel paver has the highest travel speed, so it becomes the obvious choice for the contractor Choosing between a wheeled or tracked asphalt paver requires consideration into the type of work you’re going to be doing before you make a purchase decision.

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to reduce travel time to/from the actual job starting/ending point." Anderson agrees, noting that wheeled pavers tend to be favored for city and urban work where a lot of moving around is involved. They may be used to pave one city block and then be moved three or four blocks to the next site and so on.


Maintenance Matters No matter which machine you’re running, it’s important the equipment you rely on is easily maintained and will be ready to work every time you need it. One of the main differentiators between these machines is the level of maintenance required to keep them working properly. "Wheel pavers in general have less wear items compared to track pavers," Palanisamy says. "Track pavers have 20 to 24 track bogies, four drive and idler wheels, plus track band and bearings, etc. The lifetime of these components varies depending on the usage and paving surface. Whereas, wheel paver have two rear tires and four front bogies wheels as wear parts to replace. The rear tires are replaced more often than the front bogies as they are solid rubber. This is one of the main reasons contractors might choose wheeled pavers over track pavers if their application is suited to use both machines." Niesen agrees, adding, “Wheeled pavers are cheaper and easier to maintain as they have less moving parts than tracked pavers. With a tracked paver, you must inspect the tracks and ensure they are aligned. There are multiple places to check alignment and a few more places to grease. There are more parts, and more moving parts in particular, on a tracked paver.” The bogies, bearings, friction drives and tracks that experience the wear and tear on a tracked paver need more care than wheeled pavers. “As far as daily maintenance is concerned, they are very similar. But overall, it is going to be more expensive to replace tracks than it is to replace rear drive wheels and the tracks are

probably going to need to be replaced a bit sooner,” says Anderson.

Consider Cost and Crew While a tracked paver is typically 13% to 15% more expensive than a wheeled paver, resulting in a $25,000 to $30,000 potential price difference, you need to consider your crew comfort level before letting cost alone determine your decision. “Ultimately, it comes down to what the operator is most comfortable with,” Polk says. “Wheeled pavers steer differently from tracks because the paver steers on the front bogies, just like your car. Tracked pavers have a steering or pivot point that is often under the operator’s position. If a contractor gets good results from whatever paver they're using, stay the course.” This is why it’s important to gauge crew comfort level with one type of machine over the other before making a purchase. “The thing that people who have grown up on wheel pavers struggle with when they change to a track paver is the steering,” Anderson says. “While there have been lots of improvements over the years to the way track pavers steer, you can’t change physics. An unloaded track paver with the screed in the air has a center of gravity that is toward

Even though mobile track pavers have increased their roading speeds, wheeled pavers are still designed to move much faster than their tracked counterparts making them ideal for traveling a larger distance around the jobsite.

the rear of the machine, so the line of rotation is near the rear of the machine. If you take that same machine, float the screed, and put material in the hopper, now the center of gravity is near the mid-point of the machine, so the line of rotation is farther forward. "On the other hand, a wheel paver has a more consistent response no matter how it’s loaded," he continues. "Wheel paver guys have a tough time adjusting to that change in steering dynamics when running track pavers.” Bottom line: your crew will always determine how successful your equipment is on the jobsite. “If the crew is accustomed to a tracked machine and knows how a tracked machine behaves in various circumstances, they will be happy to continue using a tracked machine," says Anderson. "Conversely, if they are used to a wheeled machine and you put a tracked paver on the job, you may put them in a situation where they can inadvertently damage the undercarriage, particularly the rubber band of the track."


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New Jersey’s Atlantic Infrastructure finds hydration alternative keeps crews safe, energized REGARDLESS OF THE type of work you do, everyone involved in the paving and pavement maintenance industry confronts the extreme dangers caused by heat – both from the weather and from construction conditions. These dangers are real but crews in the midst of a sealcoating job – or worse a paving job working with 350°F hot mix – might not recognize them until it’s too late. If you are thirsty, you are already in the first stage of heat stress. Your body is sending a signal that you should heed the warning and fix the problem.


The go-to option for contractors such as Atlantic InfraStructure, Wall Township, NJ, has always been sugary drinks or water. While these choices are better than nothing, Atlantic InfraStructure sought and discovered an alternative to keep its crews safe during the heat of the day. Started 18 years ago, Atlantic InfraStructure employs 45 people and operates two divisions, generating 65% of sales from milling and paving, and 35% from infrared pavement repair. Much of their work is utility cuts on public roads, but the company also paves and repairs pavement for multi-family residential properties, single-family residential driveways, and commercial properties. Marilyn Grabowski, managing member of Atlantic Infrastructure, says that because their crews face heat

Like most of Atlantic Infrastructure’s crew, foreman Mark Hook used to rely only on water, sugary drinks, and coffee while on the job. “But a switch to Shield has helped me feel more hydrated and a little more energetic during the day,” Hook says.

challenges throughout the season, the contractor wanted to take proactive steps to protect its workers from heat stress. She says one of the first steps they took was to recognize hydration as personal protective equipment. Grabowski says that once Atlantic InfraStructure made the decision to approach hydration as PPE, they began researching options to combat heat stress. They discovered Sword Performance Inc., a manufacturer of an all-natural hydration drink line that

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10 Hot Weather Safety Tips to Beat the Heat By John Meola contains no preservatives or dyes, no harsh chemicals, no added sugars. “Just as a hard hat protects the head and steel toe boots protect the feet, Sword is designed to protect from the inside out,” says Robyn Zlotkin, president of Sword Performance Inc., who refers to the product as “drinkable PPE.” “We wanted something to drink that is easy on the stomach with no gritty aftertaste, and we believe we have formulated that product.” Fred Stansfield, Atlantic Infrastructure superintendent, says his drinks of choice had been water or Gatorade. “But ever since Shield and Sword came along it’s changed our process on using different drinks,” Stansfield says. “We use water to stay hydrated throughout the day and then this is what we can turn to for that extra added hydration.” Sword features starch, real fruit pulp and “an advanced electrolyte profile” to enhance hydration. Shield is a lowercalorie, lower-sodium drink that contains no fructose or artificial ingredients. The drinks reportedly look and feel like water and are available in flavors of lemonade, orange, pineapple mango, and berry. Sword is available in four hydration formats: powder form in individual servings or 30-serving resealable bags, ready-to-drink bottles, and large “Powder Pouches” to mix in coolers. Shield is available in individual-portion powder packets, ready-to-drink bottles and “Electrolyte Freeze Pops.” “Our paving crew is utilizing Sword’s ice pop in the afternoons,” Grabowski says. “They feel an immediate increase in energy, and we see an increase in their performance.”

Heat stress is increasingly being recognized for contributing to the rapid onset of fatigue, distraction, inattention to details and other deficiencies. Rule No. 1 is to maintain proper hydration. This sounds logical, but there are practical challenges. Here are some bedrock tips to share at your summer safety meeting. • Hydrate. Water is arguably the best hydrating beverage, but it’s tasteless and boring. Enter the electrolytic beverages: Gatorade, Squincher, etc. Even a slice of lemon will add some taste to a cooler. These additives make plain old water more drinkable, and they also supply electrolytes to the body – sort of like what a low dose of battery acid does to a wet cell battery. The body loves it. In the old days, salt tablets were distributed, although this practice has been proven outdated. We typically eat enough junk food to replace salt lost through perspiration. • Avoid designer beverages (Red Bull etc.) because they offer minimal hydration. And avoid carbonated sodas and sugary concoctions. Iced tea is on the borderline, and anything with caffeine is a diuretic and should be avoided. Lemonade, and most citrus beverages are fine, but it’s a good idea to cut them with 50% water. Try also to cut down on cigarettes. In high heat they make it harder to respirate oxygen to where it needs to go. • Select your lunch carefully. Junk food is high in fat and preservative, and it’s going to put a high caloric load on your digestive system. In high heat, that will stress the body. Try eating a bigger breakfast, so you’re not ravenous at lunch, and light lunches, such as fruit and vegetable salads (skip the fries). • Pay attention to Circadian Rhythms. The body’s internal clock that governs our sleep-wake cycle programs most humans for the day shift. But a blip on the chart called the “Post Lunch Dip” puts most humans in the mood to nap after lunch. Siesta cultures acknowledge the drop in productivity and safety every day, when the whole country basically shuts down for a nap during the hottest hours. Eating a light lunch can help minimize the afternoon slump. Conversely, bulking up at lunch can make it more pronounced. If you’re running a motor grader or a working around a paving machine, we need alertness. • Schedule for cooler work. In extreme heat (ninety degrees and above), consider rescheduling to work in cooler parts of the day. Can this job be done at night, or can you modify a shift for earlier morning starts? Supervisors should watch more closely for indicators of fatigue and call for breaks more frequently. Going in and out of air conditioned spaces can be tricky. Change out of soaked shirts when in the AC. • Bring shade. Whenever possible, configure work in shaded areas, and use canopies or umbrellas to avoid direct sun exposures, even if only for intermittent protection. Some shade is better than none. Provide heavy duty sun-block for crew members with sensitive skin. Switch to wide-brim hard hats. MSA actually makes a lightweight visor for their wide brim hats that offers a lot of protection. Full sleeves, nape protectors, vented hard hats and cooling vests and bandanas are also on the market. Try a variety of clothing and devices and provide whatever the crew seems to like. • Check with your uniform supplier. Shirts should be lighter color to reflect sun, and fabric should contain as much cotton as possible. Typical uniform shirts are mostly polyester, because they don’t wear out as quickly, but they don’t breathe as well. Look for new garments with engineered fabrics that actually provide a cooling effect when they absorb sweat. They are mostly found in high-end recreational and outdoor apparel stores and can be a little pricey, but they might be worth trying out with your Safety Committee. As a rule, bare-back, tank tops and other forms of designer fashion wear are not effective and should not be permitted. Sun protection is not a beauty contest. • Keep an eye on one another, and be alert for signs of heat exhaustion. They need to know that strange behavior may be a sign of heat-related illness and to take some early steps to intervene. Early symptoms include lethargy, disorientation, stumbling, dropping tools, slurred speech or unresponsiveness. You can’t have this happen around moving machinery, so it’s serious stuff to manage. • Basic first aid for heat exposure includes having the person lie down in the shade or a cooler area with feet elevated above the heart. This allows blood to flow to the brain more easily and decreases cardio loading. Remove work boots. Get some fans going to lower body temperature and provide evaporative cooling. In case of unconsciousness, call 911. • The usual progression of heat illness is heat exhaustion to heat cramps followed by heat stroke. Heat stroke can be deadly for some folks, such as people who are already dehydrated. It’s also avoidable if we manage the hot weather as well as the rest of our jobs. John Meola, is safety director of Pillar Inc., www.PillarOMA.com; reach him at jmeola@pillaroma.com.

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From the Owner’s Desk

Nick Howell

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TO BE IN business you need an office. This may be a spare room in your apartment or house, a leased office space in an industrial complex, or even a separate room in a building on property you own. How does your office affect you and your business? When we first started more than two decades ago, we ran out of a spare bedroom. It was great! The first symbol of entrepreneurship, my own office! Fortunately for me, it was at my grandparents’ house, so I didn’t officially live at work (although many days it seemed I did). At first, we had just a few trailers in the driveway, but before long it was evident more space was needed -- and needed fast, too. So, we moved to a leased yard with an old office trailer. While this worked for the equipment, it didn’t provide the best office environment for growth, so soon we were on the move again. We landed in a mixed-use warehouse/office/ yard combo and have been here ever since. It provides a nice office space to represent our growing company, a

secure yard to store our large equipment, and best of all, an indoor warehouse to store smaller equipment and tools and maintain equipment. While you may not think an office space affects your business, it surely can. As you grow, you want to represent your company well -- and there is a point where your clients might not view working from home in the best light. It's not that they will say, “Oh, you work from home. We don't trust you.” It’s more the implied message that you may be sending that you are still small and/ or not growing -- so perhaps you’re not capable of doing their bigger work. It's unfortunate that we can be viewed in that kind of light, but it happens. A separate company office (or bigger office) not only affects the perceived value of your operation to clients but to employees as well. As you grow, you want your employees to be proud of the place they work. But running your company from your dashboard in your truck doesn’t give employees a sense of confidence and doesn’t create an environment where employees want to be for the long haul. Growing your place of business is not specific to just the office; maybe you just add yard space or a warehouse. This in itself can offer a more professional look, demonstrate growth to clients and employees, enable you to buy and store materials in bulk, and provide space to work on and maintain equipment. (And whenever you do expand, make sure to let everyone know through local newspapers, your social media accounts, and maybe even a direct-mail promotion!) But be careful when expanding your

facility, whether for your office or your yard. Growing too big, too fast can contribute to uncontrolled growth of your whole company. By adding the expense of a bigger, nicer office, you have increased your overhead. That means you might need to adjust your pricing, and that ultimately can affect your sales goals. Some guys will lease — as we have — and some will buy. We decided to lease because leasing made the numbers work for us: Our pricing could remain competitive while we remained profitable. Had we bought property or spent more than we have, our overhead would have risen enough that we couldn’t be near as profitable. The flip side, of course, is that those that buy now may enjoy the ownership factor down the road at retirement time -- when they have a valuable asset in their pockets. Bottom line to your office and you: Get a space that meets your needs now and into the future but one that is within your budget. You don’t want to knock your overhead so far out of control that you enter the realm of uncontrolled growth.

Nick Howell, president of T & N Asphalt Services, Salt Lake City, UT, has been a regular presenter at National Pavement Expo since 2008 and a member of the Pavement Advisory Board since 2007. Let him know your thoughts on “From the Owner’s Desk,” and if you have a question or topic you’d like covered – let him know that too! You can reach Nick at nick@tnasphaltservices. com.

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Your Business Matters

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How to Avoid Fraudulent Lien Claims WHEN PROPERLY FILED, a construction lien is a great tool for contractors, subcontractors, and material suppliers seeking money owed for work performed or goods provided to improve real property. So, when a property owner fails to pay the general contractor, that general contractor is entitled to enforce a claim for payment by placing a lien on the owner’s property. But when improperly filed, a claim of lien may be found to be fraudulent and prove to be unenforceable. Worse, the lienor can be liable for damages including attorneys’ fees, court costs and, potentially, punitive damages. Additionally, if the lienor files the fraudulent lien willfully, the consequences may include a thirddegree felony charge. Given the harsh consequences for improperly filing a claim of lien in Florida, for example, it’s important to understand what qualifies as a fraudulent lien and what can be done to avoid having a lien declared unenforceable. Under section 713.31 of Florida Statutes, fraudulent liens are those that: • Willfully exaggerate the amount of the claim • Willfully include a claim for services not performed or supplies and materials not delivered upon the property; or • Are compiled with such willful and gross negligence as to amount to a willful exaggeration. This means is that liens can only be asserted to recover the reasonable value of the lienor’s labor, services or materials. Other costs, such as lost profits, are non-lienable items. So if a contractor files a lien for $100,000, including overhead, profit and overtime on a contract for just $80,000, he exposes himself to a claim of fraudulently filing a lien.


Avoid fraudulent lien claims To avoid including unauthorized amounts in a lien remember the work must be performed: • In good faith • Within a reasonable time • Pursuant to the terms of the contract • Is necessary to finish the job Additionally, a lienor cannot claim that it performed work on the property above and beyond what, in fact, was done. For example, imagine a contractor is hired to build an addition for $60,000 and the owner terminates the contractor when the project is only 50% finished. The contractor can’t automatically lien for half the contract amount or $30,000.

He can only lien for the amount of work which he actually has completed and which is currently due. And he surely cannot lien for the full contract price. Oftentimes, there is a legitimate dispute concerning whether the lienor has completed the work for which the lien is being asserted. And when there is a good faith dispute, there is no willful exaggeration defeating an otherwise valid lien. Filing proper liens is critical to keep the process from backfiring on the contractor and having a lien declared fraudulent. Article originally appeared on thelienzone.com

Can You Lien Without a Signed Change Order?

By Alex Barthet Obtaining a signed change order can be difficult, so you may get to the end of a job with a number of change orders that have yet to be signed. Can you lien for those amounts? This is a tricky question, but the most conservative answer is that you should only lien for work that is contained in a change order executed by all parties. What if you have other documentation (letters, emails, text messages) which supports your position, showing that the owner or contractor approved the change or modification? This may suffice to satisfy the requirement that the owner or contractor consented to the change. Verbal confirmations only, however, are difficult to prove and should not be the basis to consider your change order “approved” for the purpose of including it in your lien. You may still be able to sue under contract to collect these amounts, but including them in your lien could subject you to a claim for fraudulent lien or slander of title. It is important to note that only permanent improvements to the real property can be the basis for the amounts noted in your lien. Amounts related exclusively to delays or extended general conditions are not lienable, unless they are memorialized in a change order signed by all parties. Without a fully executed change order, even with other documentation, amounts related to delays should not be included in your lien amount. That said, it is common practice to footnote in the lien those additional amounts which are not lienable. For example, you may have $20,000 in work and materials for which you have no signed change order or documentation as well as $30,000 in delays and extended general conditions, again, without a signed change order. Therefore, you should exclude those amounts from the amount claimed in your lien, but you could include a footnote at the bottom of the lien that reads “In addition to the lien amount above, the lienor is owed an additional $50,000 for work, materials, delays and extended general conditions.” This serves as a bright red flag to the owner and contractor. Liening without executed or approved documentation is risky, so lien carefully. Article originally appeared on thelienzone.com

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STRIPING INDUSTRY Technologies in development will improve operator safety when striping or measuring retroreflectivity TWO TECHNOLOGIES, both in early stages of development, are designed to help pavement marking contractors and others involved in roadway maintenance work more safely in the on-road environment. Following a fall 2019 license agreement between RoadPrintz Inc. and Case Western Reserve University


(CWRU), RoadPrintz is now building a prototype pavement marking vehicle to demonstrate that the technology can stripe cheaper, faster and with significantly less risk to road-workers. RoadPrintz, Cleveland, OH, incorporated technology created at CWRU into a special truck equipped with a robotic arm that applies hot paint that dries quickly, allowing the work to be done in a fraction of the time. Instead of stencils, the system uses a computer-controlled painting system analogous to a printer. The company says the truck can paint a variety of

road markings (transverse markings, diagonals, bike symbols, school-zone markings, turn arrows) for onethird the cost. And the process is safer because RoadPrintz workers don’t need to leave the truck. Sam Bell, RoadPrintz chief executive officer and a retired auto mechanic and shop owner, and Wyatt Newman, chief technical officer and a professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the university with an expertise in robotics, have parlayed their proof-ofconcept into ongoing financial support from Lorain County Community College’s

RoadPrintz Inc.'s robotic pavement marking machine can reportedly apply hot paint more quickly and more safely.

GLIDE fund, the State of Ohio’s Technology Validation Startup Fund and, most recently, Case Technology Ventures (CTV). “As the university’s venture-capital fund focused on creating new businesses based on technologies developed at CWRU, CTV is the ideal mechanism for demonstrating our support for one of our own technology opportunities,” said Michael Haag, managing director of

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CTV and executive director of the university’s Technology Transfer Office. CTV recently approved an investment of $100,000 in RoadPrintz, with an option to invest up to $250,000. In addition, the National Science Foundation this month awarded RoadPrintz a Small Business Innovation Research grant of about $225,000 to further develop the robotic street-marking technology. Product validation work is continuing locally this summer in conjunction with The Lab @ Cuyahoga County, which has connected RoadPrintz with the Cleveland Metroparks to test its operator-driven, mobile robotic pavement-marking system on parking areas in the Euclid Creek Reservation.

Performance of the RetroTek-D was not affected by vehicle velocity at which the measurements were taken or by the differences in lighting conditions ranging from very bright sunlight to twilight to darkness.

The RetroTek-D is a frontmounted mobile pavement striping retroreflectometer that uses the latest machine vision and LED projector technology combined with GPS tracking reporting software. The company says it’s the first full-lane width, vehicle-mounted retroreflectometer that can operate day or night and is certified to the U.S. ASTM E 1710 and European EN1436 standards. “The RetroTek-D is a game-changer for the pavement striping maintenance and survey industry on so many levels and is a natural development of our RetroTek-MU retroreflectometer,” said Joe Turley, chief executive of Reflective Measurement Systems Ltd. He says independent certification confirmed the accuracy of the measurement of the coefficient of retroreflected luminance of pavement striping at normal pavement speeds irrespective of lighting conditions day or night. “The industry now has a system that can accurately

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survey pavement striping to the left and right of the survey vehicle; center pavement markings such as directional arrows, symbols and warnings and also reflective pavement markers,” Turley said. “The day contrast ratio is also recorded. Not only can our system provide the measurements, but our sophisticated and powerful QuickView-Pro Reporting software system can record every pavement asset, geographically tag its location, and provide video evidence of the condition. “The days of closing pavements for surveys or inefficiently surveying single lines with multiple journeys to survey a single carriageway are over,” Turley said. “The potential savings on operator hours and fuel consumption is enormous, which is also good news for the environment.” Turley said an independent study showed the RetroTek-D measurements were closely aligned to a handheld retroreflectometer, adding that this was particularly good as the samples were measured in a variety of different ambient brightness

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Measuring Retroreflectivity Just as RoadPrintz is developing equipment to help contractors apply pavement markings more safely, Reflective Measurement Systems Ltd., based in Terenure, Ireland, has launched a retroreflectometer that has the potential to transform retroreflectivity pavement striping surveys for operators.

and at different locations. Hans-Hubert Meseberg, vice-chairman of the German association StrAus-Zert, a government-approved evaluator of equipment for use on German roads that conducted the study, reported that the performance of the RetroTek-D was not affected by the different vehicle velocity at which the measurements were taken, or by the differences in lighting conditions ranging from very bright sunlight, twilight to darkness. In his report, Meseberg noted the RetroTek-D reflectometer is “deemed well suitable for dynamic measurement of the coefficient of retroreflected luminance of road markings … and delivers the same results as a portable handheld reflectometer [while being] independent of measuring speed [and] the kind or form of the road marking.” Reflective Measurement Systems said the RetroTek-D will be available in North America in 2023. In the meantime, the RetroTek-MU model is available and is currently being used in Texas and California for pavement retroreflectivity surveys and operated by pavement striping companies.

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NAPSA Announces New Health Benefit for Members


Florida Studies Support Sweeping as Stormwater BMP by Ranger Kidwell-Ross

They say that membership has its privileges, and the North American Power Sweeping Association proves that to be true! NAPSA has added a powerful costsaving benefit to its cornucopia of services. If you are in this industry, you realize that the topic of health care benefits is a huge pain point, so NAPSA went to work to provide a solution: Introducing the new NAPSA Health Plan! Leading the power sweeping industry by developing its own association-based health plan, NAPSA has partnered with World Insurance, a global leader in benefits. The North American Power Sweepers Association Health Plan (NAPSAHP) provides true group medical plans comparable to any major provider. Below are some of the many benefits of the NAPSA Health Plan: • Exclusive rates and access for NAPSA members • Coverage down to one life • Multiple plan types to meet all of your groups needs with a wide range of deductibles • A nationwide network of doctors and pharmacies • Access to a wide range of voluntary benefits including dental, vision and term life options

Health care is one of the most volatile and costly aspects of being a business owner. With NAPSA’s Healthcare Plan, owners now have access to world class coverage, benefits, and service. Compare your current rates to the NAPSA Health Plan today! Contact Joseph Mango, NAPSA’s industry focused health insurance professional for more information at 866-793-9999 ext. 338 or by e-mail at NAPSAhealth@worldins. net.

The North American Power Sweeping Association (NAPSA) is a nonprofit association made up of 200+ contract sweepers, service providers and sweeping equipment dealers, manufacturers and suppliers. NAPSA is dedicated to providing beneficial support to the membership and enhancing services to the sweeping industry. NAPSA is committed to promoting and educating the power sweeping community while enhancing the environment. For more information on NAPSA membership, please visit www.powersweeping.org or call (888) 757-0130.

For over 30 years I have promoted street sweeping as America’s "first line of defense" when it comes to combating the removal of pavement-based pollution before it can run off into our nation’s waterways. I’m glad to say that recognition has increased in recent years, primarily because of studies conducted in places like Seattle and, more recently, in 14 municipalities in Florida in a study supported and sanctioned by the Florida Stormwater Association. This year noted sweeper researcher, Roger Sutherland, and I were selected to be co-presenters in August at StormCon, the top surface water quality conference and expo in the U.S. Finally, experts in the value of sweeping would be in front of the country’s stormwater professionals with solid data showing the value of street sweeping as THE absolute best environmental solution to address the critical problem of keeping our water clean. After all, the latest Florida study showed with a very high statistical confidence level that street sweeping was nearly 700% more cost-effective at removal of total particulates, as well as the two main pollutants, Total Nitrogen and Total Phosphorus, than was the next-best solution involving catch basins. Unfortunately, due to the pandemic, StormCon was made into a virtual conference. And,

astonishing to us given the vital importance of the data we were presenting, our sweeping seminar was left off the roster when organizers decided they couldn’t include all of the initial group of presenters. I know many sweeping contractors have run into the same situation when promoting the value of sweeping streets more often to meet stormwater program goals. I encourage all in the street sweeping industry to widely disperse the results of the Florida study, which are extremely conclusive and which are now saving Florida municipalities millions of dollars per year due to the State of Florida’s recognition of the value of street sweeping programs. The short link is: https://bit. ly/3id4Yqy

WSA contributor Ranger Kidwell-Ross has been providing information to the power sweeping industry since 1988. He is editor of WorldSweeper.com, an information resource for power sweeping, as well as founder and executive director of the World Sweeping Association. For more information about WSA visit www.WorldSweepingPros.org or contact Kidwell-Ross at director@ worldsweepingpros.org.

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Sealcoating Optimizes Pavement Life-Cycle Costs Pavement maintenance programs consist of preventive maintenance, corrective maintenance, and emergency maintenance. Preventive maintenance is typically the least-expensive type of maintenance, and emergency the most, with the cost of correcting a problem being highly variable. Sealcoating is a key tool in a preventative maintenance program that keeps pavement in good condition and prolongs the time until corrective maintenance is required. A well-designed preventive maintenance program will preserve a pavement structure, enhance its performance, extend pavement life, and meet the needs of the property owner. The goal is to cost-effectively and efficiently enhance pavement performance. Cost-effectiveness is optimized when preventive maintenance treatments are

applied early in the life of a pavement. It is much less expensive to keep pavement in good shape if treatments or repairs are applied early in its service life. The University of Minnesota’s Center from Transportation Studies illustrated the cost impact of preventative maintenance (graph). Sealcoating is an integral part of a preventive maintenance program. It extends the useful service life of a pavement asset and costs considerably less than repaving or other measures that may be needed later to correct chronic or acute pavement problems. A comprehensive assessment of the costs associated with sealcoating must include the costs incurred over the life cycle of the paved surface. PCTC estimated the cost savings of a pavement maintenance program that includes sealcoating results in a 12-year total cost for a

For more about PCTC visit www.pavementcouncil.org.

commercial installation of about $0.39/sq. ft. versus an unsealed total cost of $1.76/sq. ft. (assuming a 2-in. overlay after 12 years on an unsealed lot). Details of the assumptions used in both commercial and residential examples are illustrated in infographics available at http://www.pavementcouncil.org/education/. In discussions with customers, contractors should emphasize that the value of sealcoating is clear when life-cycle costs are considered.

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Contractor Snapshot

Allan Heydorn, Editor

Three Factors that Influence Success A family atmosphere, in-house services, and delegating responsibility enable New York’s Stasi Brothers to reach the 100-employee mark IN 1960 SAVERIO Stasi left Naples, Italy, seeking a better life in the United States. He settled in Westbury, NY, and started a landscaping company. A brick mason by trade, he soon added brickwork to his services and by 1964 had added paving asphalt driveways. In the late 1980s he began pursuing public work, almost doubling the size of the company to 20 people. Today that company, Stasi Brothers, employs upwards of 100 people in peak season. They generate 45% of revenue from commercial paving, 15% from residential paving, 20% from concrete paving and repair, and 20% from masonry. They run two paving crews, a sealcoating crew, a striping crew, a site-prep crew, two concrete crews, three masonry crews, two “rip-and-prep” crews and a trucking division with 10 dump trucks. CEO Joe Stasi, part of the second generation of owners, says three factors have influenced their success.

A Family Environment First is the company’s approach to its employees. “We grew from a momand-pop operation to where we are today and we were able to do that because we make it a point to take care of our employees,” Stasi says. “A bad environment affects the work in the field, and that affects


your reputation. When you’re around a family-type environment you take that into the job, and you care more. Working in that kind of environment makes everyone proud to work for our company.” He says their newest nonseasonal hire has been with the company five years and that most people have been with the company more than 10 years – including many more than 20 years. Stasi says that as the company has grown it’s become more difficult to retain that family atmosphere, so they’ve begun efforts to systematize what happened organically when the company was small. Included among those efforts are employee recognition programs, team building, and on an employee’s birthday the company buys lunch for that whole crew. “We’re getting a little larger and a little more corporate so we’re starting to focus more on what we can do to keep this a place people enjoy,” Stasi says. “It’s hard to find skilled labor and once we find and train them, we want to keep them.”

In-house Work “Unlike most contractors that have to hire subcontractors for some of the work, we can do it all,” he says. “From $100 sealcoat jobs to $5 million parking lot or road projects and

everything in between, we do it ourselves. Commercial, The Stasi Broth municipal, and Joe Stasi ers team celebrate (in white) residential. milestone s a . Driveways, patios, steps, outdoor kitchens, drainage and having people foundations.” to run those divisions.” He says the company’s In 2003 they hired Sal Karim in-house approach has been for the residential and masonry part of the business from the division. In 2007 they hired start because it offers more than Jason Dellaratta, who took a few advantages. “We can over the concrete crew. And in offer better pricing, we have 2008 they hired Ken Pellegrino better coordination, and we to manage the paving division. end up with better-quality jobs Joe Stasi trained all three, so doing it ourselves,” Stasi says. they learned to manage their “And everything runs more divisions the way Stasi Brothers smoothly. There’s no blaming wanted them managed. and no pointing fingers because “One person can only do so something isn’t done on time or much, so most of our growth is the way we want it done. We the result of hiring more mando it all, so it’s all done on our agement and more people to schedule and the way we want oversee the business,” Stasi it done.” says. “Many people are afraid to do that. People are hesitant to hire people and pay them Delegating the money they need. It does Responsibility cost a lot more to hire a manBut perhaps the most-imporager than to hire a worker, but tant change Stasi Brothers companies that are afraid to made, which enabled them to spend that extra money prevent jump from 20 people in the themselves from growing from 1980s to 100 in 2020, is that a position like we were in to they decided to hire foremen to where we are today.” manage three of its divisions. With the newer addition “We brought in some heavy of Sam Stasi, namesake and top management to watch grandson of the founder, Stasi and manage the crews, and Brothers is excited to see what that enabled us to grow the the third generation Stasi holds business,” Stasi says. “We realfor them. ized we couldn’t grow without

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Tailgate Talk | Brad Humphrey

Safety 101…Lessons of Past Mistakes ATTENDING AN OSHA class recently, I was again surprised by the nature of the incidents and accidents that take place in construction. It is amazing to me, how so many of the issues involve what I would could consider “Safety 101…the Basics,” sort of non-compliance. Let me provide a quick example or two. One crew, working in a retail area, doing an overlay, had one of its crew members hit by a retail customer driving away from the store. Fortunately, the worker was only slightly grazed, but the incident caused much anxiousness for the driver, the employee who was hit, the crew foreman, and the store manager who just happened to be outside when the incident happened. What was missing? The “grazed” worker was not wearing a safety vest. A second example involved a sealcoating worker who — not wearing his safety glasses — received the brunt of a hose break. The break resulted in drops of the material “raining” upon the worker, with his eyes catching several drops with exact hits. When the worker was asked later why he wasn’t wearing safety glasses, his response was a simple, “It’s too hot and they keep slipping down my nose.” Both examples are just that: examples of workers not practicing even the


basics of wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). It is amazing the little things that can go wrong that PPE can prevent. Here are some reminders as to what you should be considering PPE, and how your workers should adhere to the policy.

THE PPE UNIFORM • Safety Vest. There really is no argument that supports not wearing a reflective vest. I’ve had multiple equipment operators tell me their stories of almost hitting one of their fellow crew-mates but pulled away or moved a bucket the opposite direction just before possible impact. • Safety Glasses. No matter if you are spraying sealer, laying down the perfect ADA signage, or broadcasting hot asphalt across a mat to fill in little holes, the case for wearing safety glasses is too strong to argue. We want our workers to go home every day with no injury — especially no injury to their eyes — so they can continue to enjoy the beautiful sights presented when they see their spouse or kids. • Gloves. Gloves are often the overlooked piece of PPE that can prevent silly days off because of blisters, catching splinters, or burns from handling the hot pour crack filler. The technology of gloves has changed

tremendously through the years, so it pays to have your workers give you their best choice of glove to wear. But get the gloves on your workers’ hands on the job! • Long-Sleeve Shirt/NonHole Pants. I’ll back up a little on this piece of PPE, since some of it may smack of wearing a uniform. But…what’s wrong with wearing a uniform...especially one that has your company name and logo on the shirt? Long sleeves prevent easy nicks here and there when a worker is saw cutting, or when the milling machine is kicking up bits of asphalt. The long pants, without holes in the pants, are a must. Even my pavement maintenance business friends in Australia tell me that the days of their workers wearing short pants is ending. We just don’t want to expose skin to risky elements more than we must. • Safety Helmet. While not always needed if you are working out in the open with no overhanging work, the safety helmet can assist in cutting down on anything that might fly in the air. A skid steer using a fork to pop out stuck old asphalt can easily "chip" a small piece of asphalt into the air, just big enough to make a gash on someone’s unprotected head. The plastic safety helmet can be a real

burner in the summertime, but if you’re serious about protecting your workers, find some ways to cool their heads while protecting them from flying debris. There is nothing on this list that is new for contractors. What is new is how inconsistent most contractors are toward ensuring that their workers have the appropriate — and basic — PPE. Take some time and review what you require your crews to wear. Are you sure that you are providing the best visible proof to protecting them? If you’re not, you may find it hard from recruiting and retaining workers who do take safety — especially their safety — seriously. You start the commitment to safety first. You start wearing your safety vest, safety glasses, long shirts, and long pants when you visit your job sites. Setting an example would go a long way toward getting easier buy-in from your workers. Brad Humphrey, Pavecon’s Vice President of Human Resources & Employee Development, is known throughout the industry as The Contractor’s Best Friend. In addition to reading Brad’s articles and subscribing to his e-newsletter, be sure to listen to The Contractor’s Best Friend podcasts, sponsored by Caterpillar and AC Business Media at www. forconstructionpros.com.

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