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Innovation, Speed Sets Standard in Paving Projects Across United States

Innovation, Speed Sets Standard in Paving Projects Across United States

During the last two weeks in August each year, the population of Williamsport, Pa., doubles as fans flock from across the country — many from outside the United States — to see the Little League World Series. The roads that carry the throngs of visitors need to be clear and drivable to avoid creating backups.

Glenn O. Hawbaker Company responded to the challenge to keep Interstate 180 in as good a shape as the young athletes visiting Lycoming County. This four-lane interstate highway had deteriorated over the years battered by the rugged weather in north-central Pennsylvania and the salt and brine used to clear the roads of snow in the winter. The bridges especially had taken a beating and needed a serious facelift.

In 2018, Hawbaker engineers and workers began rebuilding the road, which also had been damaged by a flood. They shored up areas where I-180's foundation had been exposed during the flooding event. The team also began work on 15 bridges that were included in the $6 million project.

Many of the bridge's piers and abutments had deteriorated over time. The Hawbaker team poured fresh concrete to restore the integrity of these substructures. Later, the team rebuilt bridge sections that had weakened by removing the worst sections and scarifying the bridge decks. A subcontractor laid an epoxy layer on the bridge deck to prevent the elements and road treatment chemicals from seeping into the bridge structure and causing further damage to the bridges in the future. Finally, the Hawbaker team repaired guard rails and built smooth pavement tie-ins to the bridge to provide drivers with seamless travel from the highway to the bridges... FULL ARTICLE

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