4 MUST ASK QUESTIONS TO CONTRACTORS BIDDING ON MUNICIPAL PAVING PROJECTS
People rely on city, borough, township, or county roads every day. Local economies depend on roads that are smooth and safe. People, their cars, and their cargo are protected. Lives are even spared.
This is why municipal paving projects are so important. Municipalities need to approach asphalt repair and asphalt installation wisely. Finding the right paver with the right asphalt, technique, and equipment is important. It goes a long way towards preventing accidents, injuries, property damage, and fatalities.
To ensure you’re getting the best value for your pavement budget, here are 4 things to ask your paver:
How Is Your Asphalt Manufactured?
Any PA pavement company you hire should be well versed on the asphalt manufacturing process. They should be able to explain how the asphalt they’re using on your project is made. There’s a recipe to a successful municipal asphalt project. It’s the right mix of ingredients, preparation, and people carrying out the job. The final product must be durable enough to handle traffic and climatic demands. If it isn’t, you’re looking at more frequent and potentially costly repairs. The right asphalt company can confidently tell you all about their materials, equipment, and process.
How Will Water Be Drained?
Proper water drainage is absolutely critical in a municipal paving project. Western PA is no stranger to torrential downpours, severe thunder or snow storms, and an unpredictable freeze-thaw cycle.
Water on top of or infiltrating pavement expands and contracts. This can damage the pavement sub-base leading to premature cracking, buckling, or potholes. These are safety hazards to anyone living in your town or traveling its roads.
Any asphalt or blacktop repairs/installation we do at Fulena Paving is done with durability and safety in mind. We are very particular when it comes to ensuring proper water drainage on all of our pavement jobs.
What Is Your Compaction Process?
The underlying layer of soil under a paving job must be evenly and thoroughly compacted. If it isn’t, the pavement on the road on top of it is more likely to buckle or crack. To ensure a sub-base that stays smooth and stable beneath the asphalt for years to come, that sub-base must be properly graded, filled, and compacted.
Is There a Preventative Maintenance Process?
When accepting bids for any municipal paving project, be sure to ask about inspections, repairs, and maintenance once the asphalt or blacktop is down.
Your pavement contractor should be ready and willing to promptly repair potholes and fill cracks.
Ask if the bidder will administer sealcoat every 2-3 years to help protect the asphalt from damages associated with high traffic, UV rays, water infiltration, and surface pollutants.
These are just a few things to bring up when interviewing potential contractors for a municipal paving project. If you’d like to talk to us here at Fulena Paving about our municipal asphalt services in Lawrence, Butler, and Allegheny counties, call us today at 1-800-257-6081.