Caltrans News Flash Spotlights Quick-Fix Projects That Are Turning Rocky Roads into Smooth Surfaces
Caltrans News Flash #138
Date: July 13, 2017
Contact: Rick Estrada
Phone: (209) 941-6562
Contact: Tamie McGowen
Phone: (916) 657-5060
STOCKTON – In this Caltrans News Flash, you get a hands-on look at maintenance crews turning rocky roads into smooth surfaces as they repair a large depression on State Route 132, a critical commuter corridor from Stanislaus County to the Bay Area.
Maintenance crews first dig out the damaged area, removing two inches of asphalt and creating a smooth roadbed. The paver evenly spreads 300-degree hot-mix asphalt into the gap, and workers use shovels and rakes to confirm it blends with the existing road.
You'll see steam billowing from the hot-mix asphalt, you'll hear the sounds of heavy machinery, and you'll be alongside workers as they quickly maneuver the hot material.
It's a blending of men and women with their hand tools, and heavy-duty operators with their massive machines, combining their skills to create a road that feels like new.
Motorists will see more roadway maintenance projects as revenue from SB 1, the new transportation bill, begins this fall and provides $54 billion over the next ten years with additional funds beyond that.
This video can also be viewed at: https://youtu.be/avYPn0ivYsA
This Caltrans News Flash is the 138th in a series of videos highlighting Caltrans' activities that present the wide-ranging and critical work that Caltrans does to enhance California's economy and livability.To see more of these and other videos, search for #CaltransNewsFlash on Twitter or visit Caltrans News Flash on YouTube (http://bit.ly/1ez3LYz).
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