Friday, February 13, 2015

Cold Weather to Impact Resurfacing Projects

Chipley, FL  Due to the potential for sub-freezing overnight temperatures in the forecast for Northwest Florida, Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) resurfacing projects across the panhandle may be impacted due to cold weather conditions. 

Most FDOT resurfacing projects are performed at night to avoid major impacts to the traveling public but overnight temperatures are expected to fall into the mid-20s in some parts of Northwest Florida. The normal requirement is that the ambient temperature should be 50°F and rising on an asphalt resurfacing or concrete project. Once overnight temperatures reach the acceptable level, FDOT contractors can resume paving operations.

On resurfacing projects, if the hot mix asphalt pavement cools too quickly, the entire surface will ravel leaving a rough, rocky surface in a short period of time. This not only results in a poor surface, it results in a surface that will retain water, reducing the life of the pavement by accelerating the raveling process.
All activities are weather dependent and may be delayed or re-scheduled in the event of inclement weather. Motorists are reminded to travel with care, especially at night, through the work zone and to watch for construction equipment and workers entering and exiting the roadway.