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Construction Update May 10, 2010

Earlier this week, the much talked about paving operation got underway. The crew laid a type of asphalt called binder course on top of the subbase. The binder course layer works to spread the load and help distribute the weight that will eventually be placed on the pavement. This will help prevent road problems and will allow the next layer, the wearing course, to provide a smoother ride. We’ll also provide a few shots of the subbase operation that is continuing in this update.

Please consult the site map below as a reference to photo location and direction.

(Newbury)

(Point 1, Newbury)

Here is a view of the site drive from Presto Sygan Road. By clicking on the photo for a closer look, you can see the black asphalt covering what was previously shown as subbase. Also, notice our brand new sales trailer located on the right side of the shot. This will be the central location for both current and potential home-buyers to meet with our sales team.

(Point 2, Newbury)

(Point 3, Newbury)

This series of photos shows the coordination that is necessary for this process to be successful. A dump truck filled with asphalt backs up to the paver and unloads into the front area of the paver, called the hopper. The asphalt material works its way to back of the machine and is dispensed, as shown in the last photo. While it is dispensed it is also molded by the panel on the side and compacted by the machine itself.

(Point 3, Newbury)

Here are a few more shots of the truck unloading, while the paver is also in motion.

(Point 4, Newbury)

Immediately following the paver are a number of rollers that compact the asphalt further. Keep in mind that the asphalt is kept at a high temperature, so it is moldable, the rollers then work as the product is setting.

(Point 5, Newbury)

Following the paver and the rollers, a crewmember walks the fresh pavement to test the compaction. The device shown in this photo tests the pavement’s moisture and density.

(Point 6, Newbury)

While the paving work was going on, the subbase operation also continued as seen here with a gradall.

(Point 6, Newbury)

In this group of photos, you can see a gradall cautiously spreading subbase to keep in line with the planned edge of the road.

(Point 7, Newbury)

Now, we’ll get back to the paving with a panoramic view of the site road as it passes the first cul-de-sac. In this shot you can see the crew on the far left pouring asphalt as well as an operator running a roller.

(Point 7, Newbury)

(Point 8, Newbury)

Here are a couple shots of the paving crew after they moved back down the hill and started working on the other half of the road. In these photos the crew is waiting for the next load of asphalt to meet them.

(Point 9, Newbury)

Here is that next load as it comes up the dirt side of the site drive. The crew is ready to continue the process, and on this day the paving crew completed a road that ran from Presto Sygan Road to mid-way between the two cul-de-sacs.

(Point 9, Newbury)

(Point 10, Newbury)

(Point 11, Newbury)

This update comes to a close with a number of shots showing the finished product as it winds down the hill and past our new sales trailer. Keep in mind that there is one more step to the paving process and that is the pouring of wearing course. This is the top coat of pavement and it will be the focus of our next construction update.

All photos can be viewed in a larger size in the gallery below.