A world of pavement information is now available with one click at www.fhwa.dot.gov/pavement. The Federal Highway Adminstration's (FHWA) new topic-based website offers information on everything from pavement design and construction to maintenance and rehabilitation.
Also featured are listings for publications, software, upcoming conferences and events, and workshops and training. Additional options for users include looking up technical guidance and technology transfer resources, as well as information on pavement research.
Roadtec Offers Free Inspections
Nine rebuild centers now operating
With the recent opening of the Orlando, FL location, nine Roadtec rebuild centers are now operating across the United States. Pavers, milling machines, material transfer vehicles and soil stabilizers of any brand can be repaired, upgraded or completely rebuilt at these locations or off-site.
Roadtec is offering free inspections of older equipment to help owners evaluate whether rebuilding is the right choice. Robert Cates, manager of the Rebuild Program, says, "Owners might be able to get many more hours of profitable run time out of their older equipment. We will evaluate their machine for free and make suggestions for repairs and rebuilding according to the customer's business goals."
Roadtec Rebuild Centers are located in Markle, IN; West Monroe and Shreveport, LA; Chattanooga, TN; Des Moines, IA; Grand Rapids, MI; Las Vegas, NV; Muncy, PA; and Orlando, FL.
In related news, Roadtec broke ground in early 2006 on a 56,000-square-foot facility expansion at its Chattanooga, TN site.
The expansion is designed to help meet increased product demand and streamline production according to the "lean manufacturing" model.
The company also announced it is beginning production of a soil stabilizing machine in late summer 2006. The first Roadtec soil stabilizer will be a 700-hp machine featuring an 8-foot 6-inch cutter housing and a Tier III Cat engine.
AEM Produces Ssafety Manuals
Asphalt production plants, pavers highlighted
The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) has available a safety manual designed for machinery owners, operators, maintenance personnel and others working in hot mix asphalt (HMA) production facilities (batch/drum mix).
Content includes safety tips concerning the workplace and equipment, important definitions and general operation/maintenance guidelines. Special operation and maintenance precautions are also covered, including areas such as transporting facilities; raw materials handling and storage; cold feed bins and conveyors; burners; dryers/drums; exhaust systems; ductwork; primary collectors; baghouses; silos; hot liquid storage and more.
AEM also offers safety manuals designed for operators and maintenance personnel of asphalt pavers. The manual is published in an illustrated format of sensible "dos and don'ts" featuring typical daily situations on the jobsite.
For more information on either the asphalt production or paver safety manual, please visit www.aem.org.
Coming soon: Rrobot Road Repair
Patent granted for new technology
A U.S. patent has been granted to William Zurn, a technologist with a high-tech product marketing background, for a robotic road repair machine. Although in the early stages, this new development promises automated repair of road surfaces.
Comprised of a self-propelled wheeled machine with identical slots designed to receive work modules, the technology analyzes and repairs surface imperfections in road surfaces and sublayers. The automated vehicle then completes multiple repair tasks as it moves over the road surface.
Construction Spending Shows Growth, AGC Economist Says
Materials prices, availability remain a concern
"The Census Bureau report on construction spending shows the industry hitting on all cylinders with strong, balanced growth," said Ken Simonson, chief economist for The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC). Simonson was reacting to a Census Bureau report that construction spending in February was at a record seasonally adjusted annual rate of $1.19 trillion, up 0.8 percent from January and 7.4 percent from February 2005.