More and more cities and states are replacing asphalt pavement with concrete streets in order to increase the life span and reduce the rutting and “shoving” problems related to asphalt. The Walden Avenue and Union Road reconstruction project converted to concrete too. The 0.8-mile project crossed five busy intersections with 34 businesses in the construction path. One was a shopping center with 200 stores and another, Jim's Truck Stop, had between 500 and 1000 truck visits per day. So the owner, the New York DOT, required that four of the six lanes of the street be open to traffic at all times in order to serve the businesses and handle the 41,000 vehicles per day traffic volume—a large percentage of this being truck traffic. They wanted the project to be completed at the earliest possible time so they specified an incentive/disincentive program of $7000 per day based on the completion date.

There were prolonged rain conditions throughout the project, a major obstacle for the contractor, L&S Construction, Buffalo. As a result they installed a satellite weather-tracking computer system on the jobsite to provide up-to-the-minute weather reports and radar screens so they could take advantage of all weather opportunities. L&S installed the work in 34 separate paving operations over 75 working days. Much of the work was performed at night to help free up traffic lanes during the day.

The total cost for the concrete pavement portion of the contract was $13 million dollars, and L&S earned 50% of the incentive money available. In spite of the weather, they managed to complete their concrete work one month ahead of the scheduled completion time.

  • Contractor: L & S Construction LLC
  • Engineer: New York State Department of Transportation—Region 6
  • Owner: New York State Department of Transportation

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