As Times Change, So Do Paving Techniques

Advancements in how we pave roads have made the process more streamlined, and the end results safer and easier to maintain.

As time marches on, the way we do things changes – this is true across nearly all industries. Think about the way we used to pave roads – from the first Mesopotamian stone-paved roads 4,000 years ago, to the multi-layered roads of the Roman empire, to the first “modern” road being paved in 1824 when the Champs-Elysees in France was covered with asphalt. Many improvements have been made since then, and even in the half-century that Tucker Paving has been laying pavement. 

What’s New in Asphalt Paving
Tucker Paving has seen some changes over the years, and we are glad we have the technology to make the roads we pave last longer and be more structurally sound than in the past. Starting with site preparation, laser-guided transits have taken the place of the old plumb-bobs we used to use to establish grade.

Once that laser-guided transit program creates the grid to grade the sub-base, we now have new motor graders that can automatically follow the established grid, eliminating a lot of human error from the process. Then we can use a proof roll and do nuclear density testing to ensure that the sub-base is consistently compacted, preventing the big problems caused by pockets of unstable sub-base that used to be difficult to detect.

When a repair does need to be made to an area of sub-base, we used to have to dig down two or three feet to fill the space with aggregate and stone. Now the use of fabric or geo-grid allows us to target exactly where the problem is without having to dig nearly as large a hole or use as much aggregate.

Into the Future with Tucker Paving
These are just a few examples of how Tucker Paving is keeping up with the latest advancements in paving technology. Quality matters to us, so you can count on Tucker Paving to continue to improve the way we pave, repair, and maintain your roads and surfaces for years to come.