The most versatile road repair tool on the market?
Are your asphalt, gravel, or chip roads damaged from heavy oil field traffic? Customers tell us the Asphalt Zipper is the most versatile road repair tool on the market because it saves them so much time and money.
Here are a few of the many ways that show how versatile the Asphalt Zipper really is for repairing damaged roads:
The Asphalt Zipper’s main function is to recycle asphalt roads full-depth in-place. This process stabilizes and repairs the base eliminating expensive dig-outs. Additional stabilizers like aggregate, lime, Portland cement, or others can be added during the process.
ROAD SHOULDER REPAIR
Many counties repair dangerous road shoulders and often widen country roads by stabilizing the shoulder’s base using the Asphalt Zipper.
GRAVEL ROAD REPAIR
The Asphalt Zipper has proven itself invaluable for stabilizing and repairing asphalt, gravel and chipped roads damaged by heavy oilfield traffic. The addition of aggregate and water makes gravel roads tight enough to withstand even heavy oil truck traffic, eliminating the need to grade for months.
ROAD BASE PRODUCTION
Counties in West Texas are using the Zipper to produce their own base in caliche, lime rock and limestone pits, eliminating the need to haul it in.
Counties and cities love the Asphalt Zipper for fast, effective asphalt patching including potholes, alligatored asphalt, shoving and rutting.
In addition, the Asphalt Zipper is very versatile because of its proprietary bucket slot, allowing it to be mounted on the bucket of virtually any loader in any part of your county.
The Asphalt Zipper also comes with its own safety-certified trailer so it can be easily transported to any work site by a ¾- or 1-ton truck. This can save thousands in mobilization costs charged by contractors.
One of our counties recently told us they have saved over $1,000,000 in the five years they have owned their Asphalt Zipper. Would a savings of $250,000 per year help extend your road maintenance budget?
Owning your own Asphalt Zipper means you can do your own roadwork or repairs in-house when and where you want at your convenience! This machine will save you 50 percent-70 percent on road repairs plus allow you to get three-four times more done with the same budget! Now that’s real versatility!
Dust Control and Gravel Road Stabilization Answers in Ongoing Challenge to Repair Damage from Texas Oil Rigs
Texas produced almost 35 percent of the country’s crude oil in 2013, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, and the state is on its way to surpassing some of the world’s top oil producers – including Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Mexico, Iraq and Iran.
The boom is building up the state’s economy by the billions but breaking down miles of rural roads never intended to accommodate the crushing influx of truck traffic. Farm-to-market roads in Texas shale counties – particularly those in the Permian Basin and Eagle Ford Shale – carry more than four times as many drilling rigs as any other U.S. state.
And, despite the significant revenue oil drilling generates in Texas, county officials do not have enough money to repair damage the heavy hauls cause to roads. In an extraordinary cost-cutting measure, the state last year even converted some 83 miles of asphalt roads to graveled lanes.
Like North Dakota, Like Texas
The situation in Texas mirrors conditions in North Dakota, which has enjoyed six consecutive years of record oil production in the state’s Bakken fields. The state’s rig count is consistently the second- or third-highest in the United States.
Dust control has become an increasingly important way for road departments in regions with high drilling activity to stretch their budgets while improving driver safety and road quality. Many North Dakota counties rely on DustGard®, a safe and effective liquid magnesium dust control and road stabilization product.
In just one example, officials in McKenzie County – North Dakota’s largest – save $1 million every year in “labor and materials costs we would otherwise incur to regrade and rebuild gravel roads.” It costs less than $10,000 to treat a mile of gravel road with DustGard® magnesium chloride and as much as $200,000 to replace a mile of gravel, a significant savings that is multiplied many times over in places like rural North Dakota and Texas during an oil boom.
Dust is the Enemy
When gravel breaks down – for example, under the weight of semi-trucks – it turns to dust that blows away, disintegrating road surfaces. DustGard® bonds with a gravel road’s surface, making it almost as hard as asphalt. The process prevents fines and larger aggregate from loosening, preserving a road’s integrity longer.
Combatting dust on gravel roads has many other tangible benefits. The preferred product for dust control, soil stabilization and wind erosion prevention, magnesium chloride:
- Provides cleaner air, which leads to better health;
- Improves road conditions and safety by increasing driver visibility and decreasing risks associated with loose gravel, soft spots, road roughness and flying rocks;
- Reduces foreign sediment in nearby surface waters (e.g., dust that settles in creeks and streams);
- Helps prevent stunted crop growth and keeps vehicles and property cleaner;
- Requires only one application of water, conserving the scarce resource.
These advantages are especially important in an environment that experiences unusually high truck traffic that can cause economic, health and safety hazards – not to mention general inconveniences to the people who call the area home. Some Texas counties are already using DustGard®, and others will likely follow suit as the state continues to grapple with the boom in oil and corresponding bust to roads that lead to it. Learn more here: http://www.dustgard.com/.
Environmental Products and Applications
Environmental Products and Applications is a leader and innovator in the soil/road stabilization industry. Our product, Texas Road Glue, is an acrylic polymer that is easily applied out of any equipment that sprays water. Once applied, Texas Road Glue will bond the soil particles together increasing compaction while eliminating dust. This will make your roads extremely durable and resistant to pot-holing, wash-boarding and water degradation. Texas Road Glue will out-perform traditional road building methods and is a fraction of the cost and time. Many counties throughout Texas have already implemented Texas Road Glue in the construction of their county roads. Please contact us today for a quote and references: toll free at 888-674-9174, email email@example.com, or visit www.envirotac.com.
Ergon Asphalt & Emulsions
“e-Series” Offers Innovations in Pavement Preservation
Ergon Asphalt & Emulsions develops innovative products to preserve today’s roadways so they last well into the future. Mindful of the fact that many roads are in poor condition due to insufficient funding, the company has focused on creating cost-effective pavement preservation solutions. Preserving existing roads is the best option for many in the road industry, whether it’s due to cost, the environment, safety, or other factors. And with the new e-Series of products developed by Ergon Asphalt & Emulsions, they’re able to perform this work faster and more efficiently while achieving better results.
ePatch High-Performance Cold Mix
ePatch is a brand new product from Ergon Asphalt & Emulsions used for leveling courses or pothole repair. It is more durable and of a higher quality than traditional cold mix products. ePatch extends stockpile life, increases safety by keeping workers off the road for unnecessary return maintenance, reduces the cost of road repair, and offers maximum performance at commodity prices.
eFlex Premium Micro-Surfacing Emulsion
eFlex is an innovative premium micro-surfacing emulsion that is significantly tougher than its more traditional counterparts due to an increased level of polymer modification in the asphalt base. It allows roads to resist potential damage caused by heavy traffic, snowplows, and other industrial equipment. eFlex is high-temperature tolerant, and its key ingredient was developed by the company’s cutting-edge laboratory, Paragon Technical Services, Inc.
eTac Bond Coat
eTac is Ergon Asphalt & Emulsions’ solution for adhesion between pavement layers. Many in the road industry have been asking for a tack or bond coat that offers strong adhesion and reduces the amount of material that gets tracked across surrounding pavements. eTac’s premium composition minimizes tracking and provides a solid bond between asphalt layers. It is created with an asphalt base that is similar to asphalt used in overlays for excellent compatibility.
ePrime Prime Coat
ePrime works like an ordinary prime coat but does not contain any solvents—making the product safe for workers and the environment, and eliminating the risk of fire or explosion. It opens the door for crews to protect roads in areas that could not previously be primed due to environmental or safety concerns. Best of all, ePrime does this without any performance hit when compared to conventional primes, and saves time by supporting paving immediately after application.
eScrub Rejuvenating Chip Seal
eScrub rejuvenating chip seal is a combination treatment that bridges the gap between pavement preservation products and conventional mill and fills. Using a single step apply-and-scrub method, it can eliminate mass cracking in roadway surfaces at less than half the cost of a mill and fill. The rejuvenating agent contained within eScrub restores the quality and durability of the existing pavement.
eFog Rejuvenating Fog Seal
Another combination treatment created by Ergon Asphalt & Emulsions is eFog. eFog is a rejuvenating fog seal that can extend the life of open graded friction courses and worn chip seal surfaces by two-three years, allowing for seven-10 year lifecycles. As a rejuvenating product, it also restores qualities in the existing asphalt, thereby improving overall quality and durability.
All of these products were developed with the company’s leading asphalt research and development laboratory, Paragon Technical Services, Inc. Each is designed to provide better results with more innovative features than conventional alternatives. For more information, visit ergonasphalt.com.
Freese and Nichols
Freese and Nichols has been designing roads, highways and bridges in Texas since the 1890s, and today we continue that legacy serving counties across Texas. More than 525 Freese and Nichols technical specialists and support personnel serve clients like you in Texas. More than 60 dedicated transportation staff provide transportation-related planning, engineering and construction services.
Alan Greer, P.E., a 30-year transportation professional and lifelong Texan, leads our transportation practice. Alan’s expertise, coupled with his commitment to service, enables him to guide our multi-discipline team in creating safe and reliable transportation solutions. In addition to a Texas blend of idealism and practicality, the Freese and Nichols team brings you a prolific background in roadway and stormwater engineering, coupled with Alan’s high-level understanding of state infrastructure issues; working relationships with local, state and federal agencies; and superior knowledge of funding sources and project delivery options.
Services from Concept to Accomplishment
From Concept to Accomplishment, Freese and Nichols provides resources to develop your vision, from project planning and funding to design, construction, and, finally, completion.
Our recent activities include service to Parker, Kaufman, Denton, Collin, Dallas, Tarrant, Ector, Midland, Bexar, Williamson, Fort Bend and Brazoria counties. The recently completed $117-million Parker County Transportation Bond Program illustrates the full meaning of Concept to Accomplishment. Serving as Program Manager, Freese and Nichols managed the entire program of more than two dozen projects with services that included planning, coordination, design and construction, completed on time while engaging the public and gaining support along the way.
This success of county-based transportation bond programs is inspiring. As we face limited funds, we have to create new ways to support and fund infrastructure improvements that benefit our communities. Whether it’s complementing county staff and providing key technical services on a single project, or serving in a program management capacity on large-scale, multi-year projects, we can tailor our services to fit your needs.
A Culture of Community
Freese and Nichols is an organization that sees value in investing in people and giving back to our communities. Every year, our staff volunteers countless hours to organizations in the places where we work and live. We are also deeply committed to supporting professional education, and we offer fundamental professional development courses to staff and clients through Freese and Nichols University.
Our commitment to service guides us as we navigate the roads ahead. We hope you’ll travel with us toward transportation improvements in Texas.
Martin Asphalt is a leading supplier of paving grade asphalts and emulsions in Texas. One of our pavement preservation products, EZ-7 Cold Pour Sealant, complements our full line of chip seal and hot mix asphalts and provides agencies with a crack sealing/filling option that can be used year-round in a very safe, simple and effective manner. The “flush fill” style of crack filling allows for subsequent paving operations to follow the very next day. The equipment needs are minimal, and new employees can be ready to seal cracks after 10 minutes of training. No prep time, no hot equipment, minimal clean up, EZ to use.
See what our customers say about us. Glen Sullivan, Neuces County Engineer, and Noe Hernandez, Nueces County Road Foreman, are excellent examples of a county that has realized the benefits of EZ-7.
Under the direction of Narciso Garcia, Street Superintendent for the city of San Angelo, Roberto Heredia leads an accomplished and dedicated crew who crack fills the city of San Angelo streets daily.
For more information or to schedule an onsite demo, contact Asphalt Sales and Marketing Manager Kevin King at 903-894-4520 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Precinct Tracker Road & Bridge
Rising costs, budget dollars stretched thin, and more recordkeeping demands are just a few of the issues that make it essential to have the right tools. Precinct Tracker Road & Bridge is the software tool you need to tackle those issues – with more ease, efficiency and economy than you thought possible!
Do you need more information and reports than ever before – annual road reports, road rating and condition reports, budget reports and more? But your spreadsheets have become too over-sized? Or you waste too much time searching through paper records? Precinct Tracker is the more efficient way to get answers and reports – with easy search features and informative reports.
How much did labor and materials cost at a work site? What were the repair costs last year for each piece of equipment? The right information can be a valuable tool at budget time or for day-to-day decision making. Precinct Tracker Road & Bridge can answer those questions and many more by documenting work and expenses in a convenient, well-organized and useful way.
Southern Tire Mart
Southern Tire Mart is the largest independent commercial tire dealer and retread manufacturer in North America. With a keen focus on customer service and being the solutions provider to the transportation industry, Southern Tire Mart continues to rank #1 in sales.
Southern Tire Mart serves customers with over 60 stores in nine states – Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, Georgia, Florida and Nevada. In Texas you’ll find 25 stores – Abilene, Amarillo, Austin, Beaumont, Bridgeport, Bryan, Carrizo Springs, Corpus Christi, Dallas, Fort Worth, Gainesville, Harlingen, Houston, La Porte, Laredo, Longview, Lubbock, Midland/Odessa, Pharr, San Antonio, Sulfur Springs, Texarkana, Tyler, Waco and Wichita Falls.
Southern Tire Mart is your authorized dealer for Bridgestone, Firestone, Continental, General and Yokohama truck tires as well as Bandag retreads. With tire stores, retread plants and service facilities strategically located across the South Central U.S., Southern Tire Mart can effectively service most, if not all, medium, commercial, OTR and industrial tire needs. From big rigs and off-road vehicles to light trucks, pick-ups and SUVs, our trained personnel advise clients on the best tires for specific jobs and uses.
Southern Tire Mart is on the Texas Association of School Boards Purchasing Cooperative “Buy Board” Tire Contract. Our skilled sales team works hard to provide our customers the highest quality products at the best price. Remember, purchasing from an approved tire contract frees the county from going through the bidding process and affords the county high quality tires at a low price. Southern Tire Mart provides direct billing on 30-day accounts for government entities.
Give us a call and find out why Southern Tire Mart is #1 in North America!
Waukesha-Pearce Industries, Inc.
Focus on Attachments
In today’s world of tight budgets, expanding road and bridge operations, and rising equipment costs, it is critical that all earth-moving equipment in your operation be utilized to the very maximum. As you may be aware, there are over a hundred different attachments now available from Waukesha-Pearce Industries (WPI) that have been designed for that very purpose. The attachments range in scope from simple forks for wheel loaders or skid steer loaders, to earth augers for mini excavators or compact track loaders, to rotating scrap orange peel grapples or magnets for material handlers, to hydraulic hammers for excavators. These attachments save thousands of dollars in operating costs (compared to specialized equipment) and dramatically increase productivity.
WPI works with our customers in determining the right attachment(s) to meet their needs and equipment – regardless of the brand of that equipment. WPI has teamed with NPK and Paladin Attachments (JRB, CP, Bradco, FFC, Sweepster and McMillan brands) to offer our customers only the highest quality attachments specific to their projects. Other examples of attachments available from WPI include:
Extreme Duty Ground Shark Brush Cutter is designed to clear medium- to heavy-density brush and hardwoods up to 7” in diameter. When the exclusive patent-pending retractable forward shield comes in contact with a tree, it moves up and back to expose the entire cutting edge of each blade, while protecting the operator from flying debris. Mounted on either skid steer (SSL) or compact track loaders (CTL), it is ideal for use in clearing underbrush, maintaining drainage ditches, and reducing storm debris to mulch.
For mounting on either SSL or CTL units, the Concrete Claw is ruggedly designed for removing concrete sidewalks and driveways and can be used for shrub and stump removal. The just-introduced JAWZ Grabbing Tool is a patented hydraulic attachment for removing invasive trees and shrubs of all sizes. Vegetation is removed in a single pass, including the roots, without resorting to burning, cutting or herbicides used in traditional land and vegetation management.
Available for mounting on Excavators, Material Handlers, Wheel Loaders, CTL and SSL equipment, Scrap Grapples (solid floor) and Brush Grapples (open tines) feature patented grapple pins and cushioned cylinders and high strength steel for use in tough operating conditions. Essential for trash and brush removal after storms, the grapples are also used in construction, scrap, and recycling operations.
Sweepers and Brooms for mounting on SSL and Wheel Loaders include a wide variety of models for street cleanups around job sites, as well as maintenance of storage facilities and warehouses. Sweepers (which collect the debris in hoppers) and brooms (open brushes and windrowing) can include hydraulic angel, water sprays, and specialized brush types and widths to match the carrier.
Trenchers are available for SSL and CTL equipment for trenching up to 12” wide and up to 48” deep. Side shifting is available for working close to walls, and the track width of the CTL eliminates damage to turf when properly used. Severe duty componentry allow the equipment to be used in all soil conditions, and the “standard” carrier is well equipped for backfilling. Applications include replacement of residential water/sewer lines as well as new installations.
As stated, attachments from WPI can be mounted to all brands and product models of side steer and compact track loaders and many other earth moving brands, reducing the need of single purpose, specialized equipment.
For more detailed information on the attachments listed or on other attachments now available, visit www.paladinattachments.com or the WPI website at www.wpi.com. For pricing and availability, contact Pete Crabtree, WPI Utility Manger, at email@example.com, or call 713-723-1050. WPI can and will assist you in finding proven solutions to your specific needs.
Yellowhouse Machinery Co., John Deere Edging Out the Competition in Foard County
Foard County Judge Mark Christopher and the County Commissioners recently replaced their Caterpillar machinery with John Deere. When it came time to make a final decision, the Commissioners Court prioritized the following:
- Product Support
- Hassle-free Warranty
Based on a thorough look at these important areas, the Commissioners Court ultimately selected Deere over CAT. In fact, Foard County did not just purchase one unit to test; rather, Foard County replaced two motor graders and one loader…all with Deere.
The productivity rating of Deere equipment has skyrocketed, thanks to the comfort level of the equipment; operators report being comfortable in the machines for a full day.
The pulling power of the Deere 672G is remarkable. The six-wheel drive function has helped our operators maintain areas of the county that have never been able to be maintained. The serviceability is by far the best in the market with the easy access filters.
When asked to rate his experience with Yellowhouse and Deere, Judge Christopher was nothing but complimentary.
“Yellowhouse (Deere), by far, has the best machinery in the business. We have great people to work with, and now we have the warranties to back it up,” Christopher declared.
“Deere can have great warranties because their machines are that good. They will be the only machines in Foard County. The bottom line: When they tell you that is what they will do, they will indeed do it. Their word is gold,” the Judge emphasized.
“Overall, I see the county buying more Deere machines in the future with the relationship and the working partnership we have built together,” Christopher concluded.
Yellowhouse Machinery Co. is the oldest John Deere construction dealer west of the Mississippi with nine locations in Texas and Oklahoma.