N.M. 4 Paving Falls Behind Due to Hot Mix Plant Problem

This is the back end of a machine called the “Shuttle Buggy” that has been parked at La Vista and N.M. 4. Bottom-dump semi trucks drop a line of the asphalt mix down the center of the road they are about to pave. The Shuttle Buggy comes along and scoops the asphalt up, mixes it, and deposits the prepared asphalt mix out the conveyor on the back end into the waiting maw of the paving (lay-down) machine. This way the delivery truck schedule is not dependent on the rate of paving lay-down. Photo by TK Thompson/ladailypost.com
Crews were scheduled to begin paving the south two lanes of N.M. 4 this week starting at Grand Canyon and working East.
Paving work didn’t get started because there was a problem with the hot mix plant supplying asphalt paving material.
Crews hope to get going on the road paving in the next few days.
The front of the Shuttle Buggy where the asphalt mix from the trucks is scooped up into the machine. Photo by TK Thompson/ladailypost.com


This is how curb and gutter is continuously cast in place. Crews must put the curb and gutters in place before paving work can begin. The white readymix truck in the foreground supplies concrete to the yellow casting machine behind it. The casting machine forms the curb and gutter and countinously pours the concrete into the traveling form. Photo by TK Thompson/ladailypost.com

The continuously cast curb and gutter exits out the back of the casting machine. The machine can’t do everything though, workmen still have to do the final finishing of the concrete. Photo by TK Thompson/ladailypost.com



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