4 Things to Avoid In Your School Parking Lot

A high school parking lot is usually an occupied and a busy place especially, during the morning and afternoon hours. Due to this increase in traffic, your high school parking lot is subject to damage. As a result, you should have school parking lot maintenance work carried out by a professional paving service in Edmonton. The school parking lot maintenance would aid in a smooth flow of traffic and ensure the safety of your students. A poor parking lot is dangerous and so here are a few things that you should avoid in your parking lot.

1. Potholes

Potholes are formed due to the expansion and contraction of the water that seeps into the pavement. If you find some potholes, it is better to fix the potholes quickly. Potholes can cause some dangerous fall accidents and so it is the school’s responsibility to provide pothole-free parking lots. Therefore, potholes are the first thing that you should avoid in your parking lot.

2. Cracks

If the parking lot road has aged or is not constructed properly, then it develops cracks. Minor cracks do not seem to be a major issue initially, but as they widen it becomes a problem. Additionally, if the water seeps through these cracks, they can widen to such an extent that it becomes difficult to use the road. To avoid such a situation, you should fix the cracks either by crack filling or crack sealing method.

3. Faulty Pedestrian Sidewalks

It’s not just the parking lot roads for vehicles but also the sidewalks for the pedestrians that is equally important. The pedestrian sidewalks should be maintained well. A faulty or no sidewalk would make the people walk along the parking road itself. This can be dangerous if they get hit by moving vehicles. Moreover, the pedestrians would walk all around in an unorganized manner if the sidewalk is in bad shape to use. As a result, it obstructs the flow of traffic. Hence, if your sidewalks have been damaged, get in touch with a professional paver in Edmonton to repair it properly.

4. Faulty Parking Lot Stripes and Directions

Your parking lot stripes make sure that the vehicles are parked in an organized manner. Over a period of time, the stripes can fade away and it becomes difficult to park the vehicles in the right manner. This can lead to confusion and lack of parking space too for the other vehicles. What’s more is that it affects the smooth flow of traffic on the main road of the parking lot.

Also, if there is a lack of directions to guide the driver to the entry and exit points,, it would lead to chaos. The driver would move into some other lane and this would again lead to chaos and confusion. Therefore, to avoid all the chaos, it is recommended that you call in a professional paver to apply the correct markings and directions for your parking lot.

Now that you are aware of what things you should avoid in your high school parking lot, make sure that you follow them. Do not ignore school parking lot maintenance work, as it could cost you a huge sum of money when the parking lot deteriorates further. Also, a well-maintained parking lot adds to the overall look of the infrastructure and increases the life of your high school parking lot. Get in touch with a paving service in Edmonton to make a smooth, chaos-free and a safe high school parking lot.

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Protecting Your Pavement During Winters

Have you taken the necessary measures to protect your pavement from winter? Well, if not, then there’s still time for you to do so before the season sets in. The damages that your pavement may suffer due to the cold weather can be expensive for you to repair. Moreover, you would not want to risk the safety of yourself or the other person. To avoid such situations, here are a few tips for maintaining pavement during winter.

Use Sealants

One of the easiest tips for maintaining pavement during winter is to use sealants. Apart from protecting older roads, sealants are highly effective when it comes to protecting your pavement. A layer of sealants over your pavement is good enough to prevent the stones from getting scraped, chipped or damaged due to the cold weather.

Avoid Rock Salt

Want to protect your pavement from winter? Then do not use rock salt. While rock salt melts the snow, it affects the pavement surface. Salt has a corrosive effect that makes the pavement surface weak. This leads to the development of cracks and as a result, the water and salt both can seep through these cracks. Thus, as the temperature drops even further, it results in flaking and discoloration of your pavement.

Use a Plastic Shovel

Metal blades on plows can scratch the pavement surface; therefore, it is better to use a plastic shovel. Another alternative is to use a snow blower to clear the snow over the pavement. Do not allow the snow to accumulate for long. The lesser the snow, the lesser is the chance of snowmelt refreezing and widening of the cracks.

Clean Your Pavement

Make sure you keep your pavement clean. It helps maintain the condition of your pavement. The more time you take to clean them, the more damage can occur.

Don’t Over De-ice

In order to protect your pavement from winter, you may use excess de-ice to melt the snow. The excess use of de-icing can erode the asphalt or the concrete of your pavement. Therefore, it is important to know the ground temperature where you are going to use de-ice. Ensure you read the instructions provided on the de-ice product and use it accordingly.

These are some of the tips for maintaining pavement during winter so that there’s no damage to your pavement. However, there can be more paving problems in winter if you do not take precautionary measures now. Moreover, if the condition of your pavement has become worse, then it is better to get your pavement maintained by an expert paver in your area. Taking the help of an expert paver professional will ensure that your pavement is maintained well until the next winter season.

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Road Rehabilitation

Road Rehabilitation At Devon

It is quite impossible for any road to last forever. The constant traffic, weight and weather on the road, all contribute to it wearing down overtime. This is what exactly happened to one such road on Michigan Street in Devon, Alberta.

There were visible signs that the road needed repair work. The road had clear signs of wear, tears and cracks. There were also some visible potholes that made life difficult for the residents of Devon.

Rehabilitation and not reconstruction

One of the questions we were asked was why not reconstruct the road. Building the road from scratch offers some advantages such as a renewed road right from the bottoms-up to give the residents of Devon a stronger and better road.

However, the disadvantages of road reconstruction were outweighed by the benefits of road rehabilitation. Road reconstruction requires a long period of time, a large section of the road needs to be shut, causing inconvenience, and it is costly. In comparison, road rehabilitation is much more cost-efficient and requires less time.

Had Michigan Street gone without any repair for a few more months, the state of the road would have reached a damage level wherein the best option would be road reconstruction.

Milling and overlay

Road Rehabilitation

A Milling Machine

Road Rehabilitation

With today’s technology, repairing a road is not that difficult. The milling and overlay process is the most common one among road rehabilitation. We’re not going to get into the details, but here’s a quick overview:

  • The top layer of the road is removed by a milling machine. This is usually about a 2 inch layer
  • The overlay process adds a fresh layer of bituminous and asphalt pavement in place

People and the weather

There were two constant challenges that we’ve had to keep in mind when conducting road rehabilitation on the Michigan Street.

Road rehabilitation on such a large stretch is sure to inconvenience the residents of Michigan Street. We kept each and every resident informed of when the project was starting, when it was expected to end and ensuring that no vehicles were near the road rehabilitation site.

Even before starting our work, we had to have traffic control in place. Warning signs and flaggers were positioned around so that vehicles would avoid the road rehabilitation zone.

And then there was the weather, something quite beyond our control. This year’s summer has been quite wet. Almost every day had at least one thunderstorm followed by rain. Paving work during the rain is impossible. We had to wait and after the waiting, the road had to be swept to quicken the drying process, and only then could we resume the road rehabilitation.

The rains definitely brought a challenge in sticking to the schedule, something we didn’t expect entirely.

Making the deadline

Yet, despite the challenges, we completed the project on schedule. This was possible because of good planning, professionalism on the field and access to the right equipment. We used large milling machines that increased the pace of the road rehabilitation. This was more time-efficient than utilizing smaller milling machines.

So, if you are driving through Michigan Street in Devon, you won’t find any bumps soon!

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