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Drainage Is Key to Upkeep of Road on Farm or Ranch

Use these tips and best practices to keep your rural road in good shape.

Most roads are maintained by city or county entities, but the maintenance of many farm or ranch roads is the responsibility of one or more individuals living or owning land around the road. Typically made of dirt or gravel, these rural roads can turn impassable quickly without regular attention and maintenance. Continue reading Drainage Is Key to Upkeep of Road on Farm or Ranch

Roads notable in history, marketing of Imperial Polk County

WHEN OUR POLK COUNTY COMMISSION in Bartow approved a design for the county’s very first marketing logo early in 2014, officials said at the time the action wasn’t an attempt to replace the county’s then-67-year-old official seal.

The very familiar county seal — familiar to those of us at Tucker Paving and longtime Polk Countians, anyway — is the retro-looking circular one, in orange and green, with eight iconic images surrounding a shield topped by a five-pointed crown. Inside the shield are these three words: “Imperial Polk County.” Continue reading Roads notable in history, marketing of Imperial Polk County

America’s road system: A true asset worth up to $3.4 trillion!

NO ONE THINKS MUCH about America’s roads and highways being assets — unless someone is driving down a particularly bumpy or pothole-filled road and wondering: “Why doesn’t the (name your government body) fix this thing?” A road generally is viewed more as being something of value when it’s new or freshly resurfaced and motoring is smooth and easy. Continue reading America’s road system: A true asset worth up to $3.4 trillion!

Have pavement problems? Put Tucker Paving on top of that

PAVEMENT — either in the form of roads, drives, or parking lots — affects all of us in one way or another each day, so the question above is one Tucker Paving, Inc., is asking folks in a new marketing campaign. Continue reading Have pavement problems? Put Tucker Paving on top of that

Construction jobs sometimes take Tucker Paving underground, too

Tucker Paving, Inc., got its start in November 1994 doing mostly above-ground work. It’s easy to guess that it involved constructing driveways, drives, parking lots, roads, and streets, with asphalt, concrete, and a variety of aggregates (rocks and such) as the primary materials.

As the years went by, the doors of opportunity increasingly opened for us to do site excavation and underground work, leading to our status today as a company that offers a wide variety of construction services.

In addition to holding Florida-certified Class A General Contractor licenses, Tucker Paving has a state-certified Underground Utilities Contractor License. This license shows that we meet the competency and other requirements necessary to construct underground water, wastewater, and stormwater systems for public and private customers, as well as water infiltration and exfiltration systems (as in retention ponds). We also meet the standards to do maintenance on existing underground water, sewer, and storm pipes, and systems that fall under the regulations imposed by the Southwest Florida Water Management District (Swiftmud).

More specific than the Underground Utilities Contractor License is the Florida Fire Protection Class V Contractor License, also known as the Fire Line License. Tucker Paving also holds the Fire Line License, allowing us to fabricate, install, inspect, alter, repair, and service the underground piping for water-based fire-protection systems. We don’t install fire-suppression systems inside a building; we basically run the fire lines (water-supply lines) up to a building and let another contractor do the inside work.

In the construction business, it’s good to be licensed in a variety of fields. It’s smart business to be diversified and able to offer several construction services. Diversified is what we are here at Tucker Paving.

Tucker Paving’s membership with FTBA makes sense on many levels

In detail or in passing, in this online blog or on Facebook (facebook.com/tuckerpaving/), we’ve mentioned Tucker Paving’s association with several business, economic development, and professional organizations. Among the ones we haven’t touched on in any kind of digital depth so far is the Florida Transportation Builders Association, Inc. (FTBA).

Tucker Paving, Inc., is in the paving and road-building business, of course, so it makes perfect sense to belong to this association.

Like many other large construction-related organizations — those having members involved with public and private projects costing millions and sometimes billions of dollars — the FTBA is big into political lobbying, government and legislative oversight, and advocacy on behalf of members and the industry.

The Tallahassee-based FTBA — “Florida’s Voice for the Road & Bridge-Building Industry” — states on its website (www.ftba.com) that “members are at the forefront of industry decisions.” The association further states:

“FTBA represents its members with one collective voice before the Florida Legislature. FTBA works with various agencies, including the Department of Transportation and Federal Highway Administration as well as the executive branch to keep them informed of the needs and concerns of the transportation construction industry.”

The FTBA is affiliated with the national American Road and Transportation Builders’ Association. It also maintains liaisons with several other transportation-related organizations, including Floridians for Better Transportation (www.bettertransportation.org).

The FTBA isn’t all about politics and government affairs, though. It provides members with educational materials and up-to-date construction and design specifications. It provides bid information. It has a scholarship program for young people and supports regional Construction Career Days for high school students. It produces a quarterly industry publication, FTBA Magazine. It sponsors a wide range of conferences, seminars, workshops, and member social events. And it awards and recognizes quality, innovation, and achievement in construction work and design.

A must-attend event for any FTBA individual member or member group is the association’s annual convention. This year, the FTBA convention will be held Aug. 4-7 at the beautiful Ritz-Carlton Orlando Grand Lakes resort. As you might expect, meetings, speeches, presentations, roundtable discussions, and an awards event are all on the convention schedule, but also planned is a heavy dose of fun time — lots of good eating, a pool party, a party for children and teenagers, and tournaments for the adults in golf, tennis, and fishing.

The FTBA is a fine association, and the Tucker Paving team is pleased to be a part of it. We look forward to having a good group from the company at the 2016 FTBA Annual Convention and expect it to be a real treat.

Versatility works for Tucker Paving

Versatility.

Employers like it in the folks who work for them and the candidates they interview for job vacancies. Public and private organizations like it in construction companies when it’s time to award bids to build roads, buildings, and utility infrastructure.

Tucker Paving, Inc., got its start in late 1994 primarily as a paving company — our name sort of gives that away — but through the years we’ve taken on quite a variety of construction jobs and developed a reputation as an honest and reliable company that does consistently high-quality and on-time work.

Like “honest,” “reliable,” and “quality,” “versatile” is an adjective that describes our company — and our employees — very well.

We have worked on large private projects — theme parks, subdivisions, hospitals, and jobs for national builders.

We have worked on public-sector projects — roads and work for the Florida Department of Transportation; and jobs for cities, counties, and school boards.

We have worked on small projects — from mini warehouses to small businesses and churches.

We have worked on underground utilities, including repairs to stormwater and wastewater systems.

At Tucker Paving, we pride ourselves on being able to self-perform site clearing, site grading, subgrade stabilization, base work, asphalt paving, underground utility work, and concrete curb, sidewalk, slab, and tie-beam construction.

Having all these capabilities — this versatility — enables our construction company to have total control over the schedule and quality of each project we’re fortunate and grateful to have.