Archive for April, 2011

Every Mile, Every Street

Monday, April 25th, 2011

     The Herald newspaper, based out of Dubois County, Indiana, recently ran a story on the Jasper Street Department’s annual road inspection trip.  Jasper Street Commissioner Raymie Eckerle, Assistant Steet Commissioner Jeff Theising, Street Department Project Technician Bob Sunderman and J.H. Rudolph & Co., Inc. Project Manager Jeff Kline piled into a van to partake in a day long journey that would take them about 100 miles throughout the Jasper area to inspect every inch of pavement within the city.  This annual trip helps the department assess the state of the city streets and roads and devise a plan of attack when it comes to maintaining the city’s driving surfaces.  J.H. Rudolph & Co., Inc. employees participate in other road assessment trips like the one in Jasper as often as possible.   The cities of Huntingburg, Tell City and Santa Claus and Spencer, Perry and Posey counties have all worked with J.H. Rudolph in similar situations to evaluate their driving surfaces to plan for annual paving and crack sealing requirements.

NAPA Dispels Some Myths at GreenRoads Summit

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

     During last month’s CONEXPO-CON/AGG show in Las Vegas, FHWA and EPA co-sponsored an all-day GreenRoads Summit. Both concrete and asphalt industries were represented and provided an industry perspective at the beginning of the Summit. NAPA’s Howard Marks took this opportunity to dispel some of the ongoing myths regarding environmental sustainability of different pavement materials. Specifically, three messages were conveyed: 1) pavement type (asphalt vs. concrete) does not make a difference on impacts to vehicle fuel economy – smoothness is the overwhelming characteristic that impacts the fuel use of vehicles traveling over the nation’s roadways; 2) pavement color is not determinative of urban heat island effects; and 3) we need to focus on more basic concepts: reduce, reuse, and recycle – all of which asphalt pavements excel at. NAPA will be providing this type of similar information in a series of upcoming webinars.

(Information provided by NAPA)