Colorado Public Works Journal, Fall/Winter 2022

Fall 2022 15 WWW.CO-ASPHALT.COM INDUSTRY NEWS • Supply Chain Logistics In the last few years, all paving projects have been impacted by supply chain issues, but remote projects even more. For example, reduced volume of available trucking for transport of aggregates, liquid asphalt and plant mixed asphalt will all impacts daily production totals further impacting the overall project schedule. • Workforce Remote projects typically require paving crews to mobilize to the project and live on-site during the duration or work in desolate and isolated areas. Developing, training and retaining a quality crew is difficult…maintaining a remote paving crew is even more so. • Scope Change Remote projects are inherently located in parts of the state that do not receive much traffic and are generally difficult to reach. It is also common for these rural roads to be under designed and have aged well past their service life. Its not uncommon once a paving crew arrives on site to discover conditions that were not incorporated into the rehabilitation plans and contract, hence requiring contract modifications impacting project delivery. Successful paving of remote projects doesn’t happen by accident, proper planning and efficient execution are key to long-lasting roadways. Most people who work on a road crew know that there's a lot more to building a long-lasting, quality roadway than just putting some hot rocks on the ground and compacting them. Time and energy in project planning, mix design and machine maintenance are all spent in order to achieve the desirable end result: a smooth pavement that will stand up to the test of time and the view of the traveling public.