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Industrial | CHESTER BROSS CONSTRUCTION CO. Construction Co.’s »Chester BrossHannibal, Mo.-basedportfolio consist of 90 percent heavy highway projects. The company performs both concrete and asphalt paving and has a separate diamond grinding business. ‘A Bond Breaker’ CHESTER BROSS CONSTRUCTED AN INNOVATIVE NEW CONCRETE OVERLAY SYSTEM. BY RUSS GAGER his is a very new technique for us and for the Missouri Department of Transportation [MODOT],” says Tim Bennett, project manager for Hannibal, Mo.-based Chester Bross Construction Co., about the use of fabric on a concrete overlay system. “This is the first time we’ve used a fabric as a bond breaker. Two years ago, it would have had to have been asphalt as an interlayer. That tells you how new it is. This is only the second project that has been done with the fabric, and the other one was in the same area on I-57 that was just completed this past year.” Bennett estimates 90 percent of the business of Chester Bross Construction Co. is heavy highway construction. The company performs both concrete and asphalt paving and has a separate diamond-grinding business. “Instead of tearing out and replacing a road, you leave the road in place and put in a bond breaker and pave over it,” Bennett explains about the concrete overlay system. “That’s why they call it an unbonded overlay – the overlay moves by itself and does not move with the pavement underneath it. If it was bonded to the surface underneath, it would crack and move. You put the same type ‘T Chester Bross Construction Co. • Proj. 2009 revenues: $149 million • Headquarters: Hannibal, Mo. • Employees: 400 • Services: Civil contractor ment on. If you get a smooth plane, you get a true unbonded overlay.” Fabric Floats The felt-like fabric interlayer is approximately 1/8-inches thick and comes in 300-foot rolls. “You unroll it and attach it to the existing pavement,” Bennett notes. Chester Bross Construction has used asphalt interlayers in the past – they are laid down approximately 1 inch thick on the old pavement and are paved over with concrete. The 15-mile section of highway being given the unbonded overlay system is in the northbound lanes of I-55 north of the MissouriArkansas border. It is through a rural area, but the average daily traffic count for this section of highway in 2009 is 11,100 vehicles. Bennett estimates from observation that approximately half of that is commercial traffic. The projected traffic for 2029 is 17,910 vehicles daily. “This is the first time we’ve used a fabric as a bond breaker.” –Tim Bennett, project manager of concrete down — it’s still a jointed pavement — it’s just that the existing pavement acts as your base. You don’t have to tear it out. It’s much quicker than doing a full-scale removal and replacement.” However, you can’t just pave over the existing highway. “Prior to placing the fabric interlayer, we had to repair all the existing imperfections — not cracking, but any chipping or spalling in the existing surface,” Bennett continues. “We had to fill any holes greater than 2 inches wide and 1 inch deep so you have a smooth plane to lay your new pave- Bit of History “There’s quite a bit of history with this piece of road,” Bennett maintains. “MODOT has tried to restore that section of road. They went in and did a pavement repair and a diamond grind on the road, but it continued to deteriorate. The CONSTRUCTION-TODAY.COM JANUARY 2010 http://www.CONSTRUCTION-TODAY.COM

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Construction Today - January 2010
Profitable Contractor
Aireko Enterprises
Metrus Construction Limited: Le Parc Tower II
CJ Pink Ltd.
Costello Dismantling Co. Inc.
Allied Building Products Corp.
IDEURBAN: The St. Regis Mexico City
Interlink Group
TCD Inc.
Jersen Construction Group
Killian Construction Co.: The Westin Hotel
Legacy Partners Residential: Riverpark
Strathcona Mechanical Ltd.
Tilton Pacific Construction Inc.
On the Cover
Wharton-Smith Inc.
Product Showcase: Software and New Technology
Nicholson Construction Co.
Gilchrist Construction Co.
Turner Construction Co.: MIC Rental Car Center
Union Concrete Construction: Outer Harbor Parkway Project
D’Onofrio General Contractors Corp.
Worldwide Rental Services
AmQuip Crane Corp.
EIC Associates Inc.
Grinnell Recycling
Intercounty Paving Associates LLC: N.Y. Route 112
Matrix Design Group
Nicholson Construction Co.: Canton Dam
Sessler Wrecking
Wilson & Company Inc. Engineers and Architects: Rail Division
Regional Spotlight
Group Lepine Ltd.
Laurysen Kitchens Ltd.
Aspen Ridge Homes: Vu Living
Walsh Construction: Sherman Replacement Hospital
Block Cos.
PortSide Builders Inc.
Summit Builders Construction Co.: Classic Residence at Silverstone
Urban Landmarks
Keystone Construction Corp.: Carmel Arts District Lofts
Construction Coach
HDR Architecture Inc.
Brasfield & Gorrie LLC
Dimeo Construction Co.
Nan Inc.
EllisDon: North Park Quad Pad Arena
CANA Construction: TELUS World of Science
Cornerstone General Contractors Inc.
Harvey-Cleary Builders: City of Austin Public Safety Training Facility
Hensel Phelps Construction Co.: Granada Hills High School
Pirtle Construction Co.: City of Miami College
Sundt: East Contra Costa
Taylor & Parrish Inc.: Carole Weinstein International Center
Turner Construction Co.: Nationwide Children's Hospital
Turner Construction Co.: Duval Unified County Courthouse Facility
Weddle Brothers Construction Co. Inc.
AP Construction Inc.: Kensington Creative and Performing Arts High School
The Boldt Co.: Luther Midelfort Hospital Expansion
Choate Construction: NGCSU Projects
Donley’s LLC: Bavaro Hall at the University of Virginia
EllisDon: Woodstock General Hospital
McCarty Corp.: Maneuver Center of Excellence Headquarters
Munlake Contractors Inc.
Murray Company: Kiowa Country Memorial Hospital
River City Construction LLC
Skyline Roofing Ltd.
SpawGlass: Austin Community College Round Rock Campus
W.E. O’Neil Construction: Downtown Women's Center Project
Special Focus
CANA Construction: SMART Technologies
DiFazio Industries
Ecco III Enterprises Inc.
G.W. Peoples Contracting Co.
ARCO/Murray National Construction Co. Inc.
Baker Electric Inc.
Chester Bross Construction Co.
Titan Wrecking & Environmental LLC
Last Look: Urban Landmarks

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