Monday, August 31, 2009

Now that the binder level of asphalt is complete, there are several things that need to be done before surface can be placed. Some things have all ready begun; as many drivers may have noticed, the frames of the structures have been broken out, meaning the binder asphalt was opened up so that the frame of the structure can be placed at the correct elevation. The parkway restoration will begin, starting with the clearing and smoothing out of the areas that will get restored, and then topsoil will be placed. The sod will not be placed until AFTER the surface asphalt has been installed.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Friday, August 14, 2009

The roadway preparation was right on schedule and will be completed by the end of today. Paving will commence mid-next week!! Driveways will not be done with the mainline asphalt; they will get binder the follwing week and then be surfaced with the road.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Pavement Removal

The contractor began removing the pavement on Monday. Access to driveways will be left open for the most part; there will be limited access for about 10 minutes at each driveway as the pavement is being removed directly in front of each of them. The contractor removes the pavement and smooths the surface as they’re going, and then comes back and compacts it before the end of the day. Pavement removal should go through the rest of this week.

Once the pavement has been removed, the three small areas that get curb will be done. These areas are around the two islands in the Swainwood Cul-De-Sac and at the very north end (dead end) of Alvin Court.

Next week, the roadway will be prepared for asphalt paving. The duration of this process depends on the strength of the existing stone base of the road. If the existing base is without any weak areas, the grading should take about a week. If some of the existing base needs to be removed and replaced with new stone, the process will take longer.

AFTER all this is done, the binder course (bottom layer) of asphalt can be placed. Due to the amount of roadway we are paving, this process could take a few days. Weather permitting and existing stone base preparation duration, the contractor plans to be paving in the third week of August!

Once the asphalt has been placed, a few things need to take place. A “Leak Detection Test” is performed on all the residential water services to ensure there are no leaks. The lining project (under a different contract) will most likely be taking place. Landscaping will also begin after the asphalt binder is placed (not necessarily immediately after, but should take place in September). The contract states for all disturbed areas to be replaced with topsoil and sod.

I’ve had a couple of residents ask me if the contractor will pave their entire driveway up to the garage. Hoffman Excavating (the general contractor) and the asphalt subcontractor do not do private work. If a resident is interested in replacing his driveway, he would need to do that on his own.