Monthly Archives: October 2020

Understanding the Different Types of Hydroplaning

Hydroplaning is a jarring experience that includes the loss of control of a vehicle while in motion due to wet roads. It can oftentimes result in an accident when a driver loses control of the vehicle, and the vehicle crashes into another vehicle or a stationary roadway feature, like a guardrail or road sign. Many people think that hydroplaning only occurs at high speeds when there is a lot of water pooled on the roadway, but there are actually three different types of hydroplaning. Explore the different kinds of hydroplaning below to avoid losing control of your vehicle and stay safe on the road.

Different Types of Hydroplaning
Hydroplaning does always include a wet roadway, but the amount of water needed to cause the phenomenon to occur is not as much as you think.

Dynamic Hydroplaning. This is the hydroplaning that most people are familiar with. It happens when a vehicle’s tire is completely separated from the roadway by a layer of water while in motion. Usually, a tire’s tread moves water out and away from under the tire as the tire passes over, and some water moves through the cracks and crevices of the pavement, and the tires maintain full contact with the pavement. In dynamic hydroplaning, enough water stays under the tires so they lose contact with the pavement, which results in the loss of control of the vehicle. Dynamic hydroplaning most often occurs when a vehicle is traveling at 45 mph or faster.

Viscous Hydroplaning. This sort of hydroplaning is caused when a pavement is too smooth, either through polishing by traffic or when flushing occurs, which is when the asphalt—the viscous liquid that bonds the aggregates to form asphalt pavement—has bled up through the aggregates to cover large swaths of the pavements surface. Both scenarios mean the roadway’s pavement has too little micro-texture. It only takes a very small amount of water to cause viscous hydroplaning, because the water can’t escape into the texture of the roadway. Hydroplaning can occur at any speed with viscous hydroplaning.

Tire-Tread Rubber Reversion Hydroplaning. This hydroplaning is one experienced by 18-wheelers when the wheels lock up at high speeds on wet roadways that have good macro-texture but not enough micro-texture.

Other issues that contribute to hydroplaning include higher speeds, marginal tires, and low skid resistance. The best option is to reduce speeds when traveling on wet pavements!

Tucker Paving has over 25 years in the asphalt and concrete paving industry. Contact us online or call us at (863) 299-2262 to see how we can assist you with your next asphalt or concrete paving project.

Tucker Earns Eagle Award for Gran Destino Tower

Tucker Paving is proud to announce that we will be accepting an Eagle Award for our work on the Gran Destino Tower!

In 2019, Disney officially opened its Gran Destino Tower, an expansion of the Coronado Springs Resort. It was a proud day for Tucker Paving as we worked for two and a half years as a collaborator, laying the groundwork for this amazing hotel! Those feelings of pride and thankfulness for getting to play a role in Central Florida’s economic development continued when the Central Florida Chapter of the Associated Builders & Contractors (CFC ABC) announced that Tucker Paving would be receiving an Eagle Award for our work at Gran Destino Tower at the 2020 Excellence in Construction Awards in October!

Tucker Paving’s Work on the Gran Destino Tower
Tucker Paving worked for over two years preparing the groundwork and site preparation for the 15-story tower. We trucked in 15 to 16 feet of fill dirt to prepare the site, working in conjunction with Balfour Beatty. Preparing the foundation for such a massive building requires site clearing, grading the site, stabilizing the subgrade, completing base work, and installing underground utilities.

The Gran Destino Tower was built and ready to open within three years, and it’s a beautiful structure. Its design was inspired by a collaboration between Walt Disney and surrealist painter Salvador Dali, which resulted in the 1946 animated feature “Destino.” Serving as the main entry for the Coronado Springs Resort, the Gran Destino Tower celebrates Spanish explorers, artists, writers, and architects in its interior design, cuisine options, and more.

The Excellence in Construction Awards are given out each year to CFC ABC members as a means to recognize and celebrate outstanding projects and to raise the level of construction standards throughout the industry by acknowledging excellence in workmanship. The Eagle Award specifically recognizes the first place General Contractor and Subcontractor/Specialty Contractor winner in a category. Winners are judged on many factors, such as the execution of design, quality of craftsmanship, the attention to detail, proper installation, outstanding planning and coordination efforts, challenges successfully overcome, project complexity, custom materials, safety program, and owner satisfaction, according to the CFC ABC website. Project of the Year Awards are also given out at the banquet. The awards banquet is slated for October 17 at the Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate.

Tucker Paving has over 25 years in the asphalt and concrete construction industry. We also offer Pre-Construction services and Site Construction services, such as site clearing, site grading, stabilized subgrade, base work, asphalt paving, underground utilities, and concrete curbs, sidewalks, slabs, and tie-beams. Contact us today to put our knowledge and expertise to work on your next project!


Ease the Workload With Cribbing

When a structure needs to be lifted from its foundations, or a really heavy object needs support during construction, what do you do? We at Tucker Paving recommend making use of a box crib. Cribbing is used as a temporary structure to help support weighty or cumbersome objects during construction. It can make a huge difference when it comes to getting a job done right and on time.

What Is Cribbing?
Typically, cribbing is built from wood timbers stacked together sort of like you would in the game Jenga, except the middle is empty. It can also take the shape of a parallelogram, a triangle, or an A-form, depending on the needs of the project. Cribbing is adjustable as the construction takes place – you can make it taller or shorter as the project requires by simply adding or removing the blocks of wood.
Another type of cribbing is called “shims” or “wedges.” Theses crib forms are used to help brace other segments to prevent them from moving or to provide some angling support that might be necessary in order to achieve a stable and level platform.
The kind of wood you choose for your cribbing is important. At Tucker Paving, we recommend a good, sturdy hardwood that will resist breakage, or, alternately, a soft wood, such as spruce or pine. The benefit to using a soft wood is that if they do start to bend, they will crack slowly and make a loud noise before completely failing, thereby alerting workers to the potential problem. 

Tucker Paving Can Help with Cribbing
If you have a major construction project in the works that needs a little extra support, call on Tucker Paving for help with cribbing. We have the materials on hand to build a box crib or other type of support to make sure that your project rises without a hitch.