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Do you remember the old Saint Louis adage, “If you don’t like the weather, stick around… it will be different tomorrow”? Those words couldn’t ring truer than during the winter months. As temperatures begin to drop, there is no better time than now to start preparing your pavement for the impending winter weather.

The winter months—if not properly prepared for—can wreak havoc on your pavement. Did you know that there are ways to save your pavement from Jack Frost’s bite? Here are a few trusty tips to keep in mind:

Marking Curbs for Snow Plows: Curbs can be replaced when damaged; however, the cost of these repairs can be in the thousands. Snow plow markers, which can be purchased at most local hardware stores, offer an effective, cost-efficient alternative to repairing your curb. The way they work is quite simple: place the markers at the corners of all islands, creating continuous visibility for the snow plow drivers. In fact, placement of these markers can be written into your snow removal contract.

Crack Filling: This is one of the most important actions to preserve aging asphalt surfaces. As cracks form in asphalt it allows water to penetrate the surface. Water penetration to the base and subgrade can cause extensive failure, resulting in expensive patching. During the winter months the freeze-thaw cycle accelerates the damages. A good crack maintenance program is essential to prevent these repairs. We recommend using crack fill on straight line cracks because the base is still relatively solid.

Potholes: Normal wear and tear, along with exposure to the winter elements, allows water to penetrate the base. As we mentioned earlier, when this happens the base will begin to fail, resulting in the birth of a pothole. Once the base is damaged and concentrated cracking occurs, crack filling is no longer an option. There are many options for pothole repair, please contact us for a consultation.

Stay Safe: Loose asphalt can present a slew of challenges for both pedestrians and drivers. Through regular maintenance, you can reduce the risk of falls, twisted ankles, damaged tires/suspension systems and any number of risks that come with a damaged parking lot.

If you would like to talk with us about project planning for 2013, please feel free to contact Leritz & Busy Bee via email or by phone at 314-568-9863.

While St. Louis weather is hardly predictable, there is one thing we can always count on: summer heat. As temperatures begin to rise, we begin to scramble to find ways to keep cool. At Leritz & Busy Bee, ensuring our employees are well hydrated and healthy is of our utmost concern. So what is our secret, you ask? Let us explain…

#1 Stay Hydrated: When temperatures begin to reach triple digits, it becomes extremely imperative that you make time for not only breaks, but quick hydro sessions. Although some may prefer sports drinks such as Gatorade we suggest opting for good old fashioned H2O. The high sugar content these drinks contain can cause you to overheat within an hour. Water truly quenches your thirst and will keep your body hydrated longer.

#2 Wear light colored clothing: It is no secret: dark colors attract the heat. During the summer months, you can feel the sun’s rays radiate off the pavement. In an effort to provide a healthy counterbalance, we encourage all our employees to wear light colored clothing. We can’t eliminate the heat, but we can put measures in place to make the day a little more tolerable.

#3 Know your limits: Last, but certainly not least—know your own limits. Everyone’s body is a little different and that means different precautions may need to be taken. Don’t overexert yourself. If you experience dizziness or blurry vision it is crucial that you seek medical attention immediately.

A final note: If you’re going through a construction zone this summer, PLEASE be cautious of roadside workers!

For almost 30 years, the folks at Leritz & Busy Bee have been supplying the St. Louis area with innovative paving methods. If you have any questions regarding our asphalt solutions, please feel free to reach out. Remember: for all your commercial and residential paving needs, think Lertiz & Busy Bee!

The temperatures may be heating up, but the hot talk in the pavement industry is warm mix asphalt (WMA). The new technology is gaining acceptance at an unprecedented rate, 44 of the 50 states have completed WMA jobs.

The wide acceptance of WMA has been so quick because of the numerous advantages it has over hot mix asphalt, these include:
• Less environmental impact
• Less fuel use by the mixing plant
• Decreased wear on the mixing plant
• Longer haul distances, creating an extended paving season
• Increased time for compaction, leading to better densities
• Longer pavement life

Warm mix asphalt is made by using a variety of products and process to replace the heat normally necessary to produce asphalt mix. Keeping the mixing temperatures low, 50 – 100 degrees Fahrenheit less than required for traditional asphalts, results in reduced emissions and fumes and can also lead to a significant energy savings.

While the benefits are obvious, WMA does present some challenges. First, the industry hasn’t fully adapted and some job specifications do not provide for using WMA technology. With new technologies come unknowns, more studies are needed to further investigate the benefits, long-term suitability and sustainability of warm mix asphalt. For more information on WMA, visit www.WarmMixAsphalt.com.

Source: Talking Asphalt: What About Warm Mix by Dwight Walker