Wednesday, August 8, 2012

New paving technique could lead to better roads

LEHI — UDOT is testing a new paving technique in Lehi, and road-builders from Japan and Germany are checking it out.
It's called "intelligent compaction," and just as that name implies, this technique is a smarter way to get the job done.
"(It) is an innovative technique that has the potential to increase efficiency, reduce costs and produce a longer-lasting quality road," said Muriel Xochimitl, a public involvement manager.
The road surface needs to be even and dense.
"You need to compact the road so you don't have problems in the future, so you don't have rutting or potholes or something like that," said Project Manager Jim Golden.