A recent job on Milton Mall Center, Milton, WA, was a subcontracting job for Benjamin Asphalt, which hires Gloria Jeane Hauling to perform milling regularly. The Milton Mall job was a large-scale patching operation that required milling to up to 6 in. deep of a number of large patches, some as big as 20 ft. x 30 ft. Gloria Jeane was on the job for parts of three days, milling and cleaning up the pavement so Benjamin Asphalt could come in and pave the patches.
Another recent project was an uphill milling job in Somerset, WA, on a subcontracting job for Potelco Inc., a provider of power line construction, natural gas distribution, and fiber optics. While multiple construction companies are typically called upon to handle the installation of such services, Potelco specializes in laying the entire gamut of utilities - from gas to electrical to telecommunications - in creating what the company dubs "unity trenches."
Gloria Jeane's involvement with Potelco illustrates how milling subcontractors today are experiencing business growth not only because of failing roadways and streets, but also because of the need for improvements to the aging infrastructure of cities across the country. Because Potelco's work almost always involves tearing up existing asphalt to create unity trenches, Gloria Jeane has gotten a lot of work.
"They use a trencher to dig down about two or three feet deep and a foot wide," said Jones. "Usually they're putting in the fiber optics and other utilities all week, and then we go in when they're finished. How it works is that we'll straddle their trench with our milling machine and take the surface down about 7 or 8 inches. That way they can get a paver in there to pave it back. Including milling and loading, we typically grind 1,500 feet for them within 3 hours."