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How much time do you think you spend on pavement each day? You have to count all the time you're driving — unless you're driving on dirt roads. You also have to count the time you spend walking across parking lots. Pavement is really important. That much is clear. Since pavement is so important, we thought we would start a blog to write a little more about pavement and pavement contractors. They deserve mention, too. They have a hard job and one that requires quite a lot of skill. We'll explain some of the skill behind pavement work on this blog, and we'll also dive into other related topics.



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Highway Pavement Repair And Striping Processes

Line striping provides direction on busy roadways. Striping is conducted by a municipal paving company. If you are in charge of overseeing a highway paving project, seek a bid from a licensed contractor and go over the duties that the paving crew will be responsible for.

Outline The Project

Adding striping to a highway is typically the final step completed during a paving project. An existing roadway may be in need of striping, if the previous paint has faded or if damage to parts of the pavement is going to require that striping be removed from the pavement.

Outline the project that you are seeking a bid on. First, assess the highway. Are there visible potholes, staining, and drainage issues present? If so, you will want to outline where the damage is located.

During the inspection of the roadway, you will have the opportunity to meet with a municipal contractor as they assess the pavement. During this meeting, point out the damage you have noted. A contractor will include the repair work costs in the bid that they provide you with. They will also add the cost of glass beads and thermoplastic paint. Glass beads are reflective, keeping striping materials clearly visible at night.

Thermoplastic paint is a product that is commonly used on roadways, due to its resistance to moisture and its high visibility. Once a municipal contractor has assessed the job, prepare a job proposal. Give the head contractor of the municipal paving team that you are planning on hiring a copy of the proposal. The contractor will review the job duties and will supply you with a bid for the project. The bid may also include a timeline for when the project will be completed. 

Make Preparations For The Project

The paving team will likely furnish all of their own equipment while they are repairing the pavement and adding striping. The project can be scheduled at a time that is convenient. Take into account that traffic will need to be diverted while the paving team is actively treating the highway.

Ask your contractor about the equipment they will be utilizing to alert motorists of their presence. Signage, cones, and blinking lights may be utilized while the project is underway. If any pavement needs to be ripped up during the paving project, your contractor may offer to haul it away and have it recycled. Find out if this is a possibility before the paving project commences.

Contact a local highway striping service to learn more.