Case Study: Downtown Freeport

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Project: Downtown Freeport
Location: Freeport, PA, United States
Project Type: Roads
Application: Asphalt Pavement Overlay
ProductS Used: PETROMAT® Plus-White

Photo showing excessive cracking in the pavement on High Street in the city of Freeport, PA.

Problem

The city of Freeport needed to repair a busy downtown street due to excess cracking. The project was completed in September and temperatures averaged around 85°F. The contractor wanted a solution to hot weather interlayer placement which traditionally results in excessive bleed through of the asphalt cement tack coat, to the point of construction equipment tracking and dislodging the fabric.

Solution

PETROMAT® Plus-White was chosen to provide the crack retardation and moisture barrier benefits while maintaining a cooler surface that would not promote tack coat bleed through.

Photo showing PETROMAT Plus-White installation to provide crack retardation and moisture barrier benefits while maintaining a cooler surface that would not promote tack coat bleed through.

Performance

During the installation, the contractor was able to take readings of both white and black PETROMAT, showing 30 degrees difference in temperature compared to standard black fabric. The black fabric registered at 119° F while the white fabric stayed near ambient temperature at 88° F. The installation was a success and the installers commented on how the improved, cooler rolls were easier to handle than the traditional black.


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