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Q1) Spec Section 10-1.15 HMA Construction of Vertical Joints, pg 52 states to place RHMA-G on adjacent traveled way lanes so that at the end of the day all lanes are pulled up to within 10'. Would it be acceptable to pave one lane and shoulder as long as on the following day the adjacent lane is pulled to within 10'. With a very thin lift of rubber and a 1 mile lane closure restriction contractors will have to pave a lane, shift traffic, pull the other side, move the lane closure ahead and keep paving same lane and then flop traffic again to match the adjacent lane. This is not only inneficient and creates a potential for a volitile product to expire waiting for lane shifts, it increases the potential of accidents by shifting traffic closurs at least 4 times in one day. The above method will save the state money, time and is much safter. The .08' vertical joint exposed for 1 day is far below the .15' which is often allowed on projects. ?
A1) No, RHMA (Gap Graded) shall be placed as stated in "Construction," in Section 10-1.16 "RUBBERIZED HOT MIX ASPHALT (GAP GRADED)" of the Special Provisions, and maximum lane closure lengths shall be one mile, as stated in Section 10-1.06 "MAINTAINING TRAFFIC." 8Apr11.