Routing is an annual maintenance done prior to crack filling to help prevent water from penetrating to your sub base and extends the life and of the applied crack sealant. Routing is the act of sawing a crack, typically at a 1:1 ratio (width to depth) to provide the proper reservoir just below the pavement and to allow the sealant to flex with pavement during freeze thaw cycles. Cracks that have not been previously filled or are not already alligatored are candidates to be routed. Following routing, cracks are cleaned and then filled with hot crack sealant. Routing is recommended on new pavements and as new cracks develop.
Municipal Crack Filling
Cracking is a large concern for all roads in the Midwest where we see many freeze and thaw cycles in which the cracks expand and contract. Asphalt is also damaged by the sun by causing oxidation to the surface.
Once water and moisture enter these cracks it can cause sub base issues leading to larger and sooner patching areas. We first address your cracks by cleaning any debris and vegetation from the crack using compressed air. The cracks are then heat lanced, as needed, to remove moisture from the crack. Using federally specified materials, heated to the recommended temperatures and in oil-jacketed tar kettles, we follow industry standard practices to apply the crack sealant to the prepared crack using a heated wand. Detack solution is applied to the surface to allow for minimum traffic interruption.
Road Repair – Mastic Patching
For cracks larger than those repaired by typical crack sealing but smaller than requiring a full replacement, mastic patching may be a cost-effective solution for your roadway. Mastic One is a flexible aggregate and tar mixed product used for filling wide cracks, shallow potholes, as skin patches and for leveling of alligatored or low areas of pavement. Mastic is load bearing and self-leveling and is commonly used to fill dips and gaps in bridge decks and joints and to improve road ride ability. It is applied using a heated oil jacketed tar kettle and can be almost immediately opened to traffic.
Road Repair – Infrared Patching
Using Infrared technology, Thunder Road can provide a cost-effective repair to your failing roadway pavement areas. Typical infrared repair areas would include potholes, sunken or broken pavement at catchbasins/manholes and low spots. Each heat (approximate 5’x 7’ area) will be heated 1-2” below surface using infrared heater system and the surface asphalt material will be removed.
Once heated, fresh hot mix asphalt from our truck will be added to area and shaped as needed using asphalt lutes. The area is then compacted using a vibrating power roller. The patch area can be driven on almost immediately. These jointless infrared patches will extend the life of the asphalt and save money as well as limit the amount of time traffic is interrupted. Thunder Road also offers full depth remove and replace patching as well as tack and patch options to meet your patching needs.
Roadway Remove and Replace
Full depth pavement repair is performed on areas of severely alligatored, potholed, improperly draining pavement or to perform a utility repair. The pavement to be replaced is sawcut and removed to its full depth to expose the existing aggregate base. The base course is analyzed by proof-roll to determine its stability and if there needs to be any additional excavation. It is important that the base course is suitable to support the new pavement. If the base course is determined to be unstable, it should be removed and replaced prior to pavement placement. The aggregate is re-graded and compacted to provide a proper base for asphalt. The new hot-mix asphalt is hauled in and placed at the specified or recommended depth for the traffic use of the lot. The new pavement is compacted using a roller or plate compactor.
Striping and Pavement Marking
By using DOT approved traffic paint, we will maintain existing lines and layout and stripe new lines. We can make sure your lot meets ADA standards. A variety of colors and stencils are available as well as playground games including, 4 square, hopscotch, and basketball courts.