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SH359, Webb County, Texas
State Highway 359 runs from Skidmore in southeastern Texas, near Corpus Christi, southwest and west to Laredo at the international border with Mexico. TxDOT is resurfacing the existing highway with Type B and D Superpave asphalt mix. Our client, HW Lochner, provided the Construction Engineering and Inspection (CEI) services on a section of SH359 from SL20 to the Duval County Line.
Even though the project was a simple resurfacing job, a very tight schedule of 6 months for 60 miles of resurfacing meant the project had no room for hiccups. To achieve this, we had to assemble a responsive team with the ability to make quick decisions on site when challenged with issues. Also, testers needed to have local experience working with the TxDOT Laredo District to avoid a learning curve on such a tightly scheduled project.
HVJ hired local staff, experienced with the Laredo District. These local staff allowed HVJ to use our senior testers as the subject matter experts on asphalt while supporting the inspection staff.
For four months, HVJ provided continuous testing and inspection services for the project, often assisting in resolving asphalt material and placement related issues. HVJ assigned a full-time technician at the production plant who performed daily production testing and reported all test results on the same day.
HVJ also assigned a full-time roadway inspector who brought over 15 years of asphalt testing experience on the project. HVJ routinely coordinated between the field and plant testing activities to ensure that potential problem areas are addressed promptly to avoid unnecessary delays.
The project went smoothly, and the contractor finished several weeks ahead of the aggressive schedule.