How temperatures affect paving projects

Don’t judge a book by its cover. This photo tweeted out today by traffic anchor Melanie Hunter is a prime example.

One would think this is a perfect time for paving work with highs slated to reach the 70s. Well, there’s more to the story. According to Arizona DOT:


Makes sense when you think about why Arizona DOT needs a prime temperature to lay new asphalt. If poured in “cooler” temps, the chances of the asphalt degrading during our excruciating Summer heat likely increases. You can’t fault officials for attempting to work smarter through atmospheric reasoning.



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