JOINT REPAIR

The HDE JMH can also be used for longitudinal joint repair to ensure a better watertight joint and prevent accelerated deterioration. It is particularly cost effective when the joint has widened to such an extent,that joint filler will not stay, or when the cracks have spread to the adjacent joint. By re-heating the asphalt it can be reworked, asphalt can then be added to fill in any voids in the pavement. This process creates a lasting seamless repair

Heat Design Equipment Inc. has been promoting the idea of a re-heated joint since 1995, and have been supplying equipment to meet a hot joint specifications in the Province of Quebec since it was enacted in 1995. HDE’s joint heaters have been used on numerous projects since then, both in Canada and the United States. The Shearwater project could be considered the best documented project. Using the joint heater allows the contractor to heat the cold, un-compacted edge to temperatures of +100C (212F) at regular paving speeds in conventional paving temperatures. For faster speeds and colder weather, additional heaters can easily be added so the contractor has the opportunity to re-compact the edge, making a seamless, watertight joint.

A comparable project in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, involved heating 2200 feet (700 meters) of unacceptable joint paved the previous fall. Salt and sand had penetrated the joint and the authority required complete removal of the joint 4” (100mm) on either side of the joint or the contract alternative to the repair which was grinding and removal of the entire lane. Removal of the joint was easily done after heating, new asphalt was then placed and compacted. The authority required an extension of the warranty on the joint for one year, and prior to expiry requested further repair on just 20 ft (6 meters). At that point it was difficult to identify where the joint was. 

A 2005 joint repair of 1000 feet of ravelled joint at The White House on Pennsylvania Avenue confirmed that joints can be reheated efficiently and structurally repaired with no physical damage to the properties of the asphalt. The unique synthetic asphalt with a clear resin and two colored aggregate exhibited properties similar to polymer modified asphalt, with a lower softening point. Making a good longitudinal joint without echelon paving proved challenging to the contractor. Two 500 foot joints were not acceptable. Joints were repaired by the contractor using the HDE JMH 400T to reheat the joint and an HDE mini recycler was used to reheat material required to fil the gap in the joint. The work was done to the satisfaction of the Federal Highways and after three years the repairs remain in good condition. In 2008 HDE was invited back to repair additional areas that had failed due to cracking of the joint.

One of our previous projects for the Ministry of Transport of Ontario was in 1997 on the Queen Elizabeth Way, where after 11 years “ the longitudinal joints continue to perform well.” 

While the idea of a hot joint is not new, echelon paving is recognized as the best way to achieve a good longitudinal joint. However, at HDE we believe that joint heating is the next best thing, providing it can be done efficiently, without overheating the asphalt. Our clients have been successfully using our joint heaters in Quebec, Ontario, Nova Scotia , newfoundland, Tennessee, Mississippi, Delaware, Michigan and Washington DC (The White House) on actual projects. 

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