API Takes On Full Recycling

Steuben County officials looked at new construction estimates in the ballpark of $5.5 million but Cox said engineers estimated a full depth reclamation (FDR) with hot mix asphalt (HMA) paving could come in around $2.3 million. API Construction Corporation, LaOtto, Ind., won the bid at a little more than $1.3 million, saving the county 75 percent in funds over new construction and using in-place materials. Here’s how they did it.

This project is unique in the fact that it used a FDR construction process instead of the conventional pavement removal and replacement,” Tom Johnson said. He’s an estimator and project manager as well as the quality control (QC) representative for API Construction. “This construction process is less expensive, has a much shorter construction window, minimizes the impact to the traveling public, and is greener due to the reclaiming of the existing pavement section requiring less equipment and therefore emissions, and virtually no spoils or waste materials to dispose of.

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