In December of 2019 Skidabrader had the opportunity to texture 8 sections of the National Center for Asphalt Technology Test Track (NCAT). The NCAT Test Track is a full-scale accelerated performance testing facility located in Auburn, Alabama. Forty-six asphalt test sections with a typical length of 61-meters are built around the 2.7-kilometer oval. Five trucks each pulling three heavily loaded trailers run approximately 400 laps around the track each day per day. These trucks accelerated wear and pavement distress. The NCAT team periodically tests the pavement performance and records data points to help better the performance of the surface in the real world.
A common issue agencies are faced with within their roadway network is maintaining adequate surface friction characteristics of pavement. The main attributor to frictional properties of a pavement surface is the quality of aggregate used in the pavement. In areas where less than desirable aggregates are available it can be costly to the agency to use higher quality aggregates. So these agencies are faced with a bit of a balancing act with pavement mix designs specifying the right percentage of lower and higher quality aggregates to yield the best results from a frictional and cost stand point. This study focuses on pavement surfaces which have a higher percentage of lower quality aggregates and the utilization of The Skidabrader Texturing process to restore the frictional properties of these pavements. Read the report here.
I-75 Kenton County, Kentucky
Skidabrader Tasked with Helping Kenton County Kentucky Make Interstate Safe Again
As Skidabrader works to insure a section of I-75 in Kentucky can once again be deemed safe for drivers. On a section of I-71/75 considered so dangerous an emergency declaration was issued, an unusual machine with an unusual name is about to begin work unlike anything that has been done on local roads.
The machine is called a Skidabrader, “Skid, so we’re creating skid resistance though an abrasion process; So Skidabrader,” said Skidabrader General Manager Josh Jones.
Engineers determined the section of road going into a turn under Dixie Highway southbound on 71/75 has been worn smooth by traffic.
Fort Mitchell police said they have responded to 19 crashes in the same spot over the past year, including four in the same day.
“The road has lost friction and texture, so we’re going to use the Skidabrader and increase that surface friction,” Jones said.
The machine shoots tiny steel shot at the road surface like a shotgun, and then collects it all and uses it again.
“The machine is going to open that surface up and promote better water drainage from the surface and the tire will actually get more grip on to the surface,” Jones said.
This 21 lane miles of worn asphalt on I-20 in East Texas was textured to restore the wet weather safety needed on the 75 mph highway. Nine months after the Texas Department of Transportation roughened Kilgore’s two-mile stretch of Interstate 20, local officials say the process has clearly saved lives. The Skidabrader process took three days in late January: the improvement was immediate, Sellers said.
“The first major rainstorm following the Skidabrader, we waited, we held our breath waiting for the emergency tone to dispatch our emergency responders to I-20, and it never came. That was when I knew the Skidabrader was a success and I-20 was no longer a threat to our citizens.”
The Kilgore News Herald published a front page article about this and the link to it is below.
A statewide contract for Louisiana with the completion of 1,794,662 square yards and 255 lanes completed in 41 working days with two machines. The large scale project spanned nine parish districts and consisted of all Interstate highways. Skidabrader textured these roads to lower wet weather accident rates.
Major Aircraft Manufacturer
A major airport manufacturer in Roswell, New Mexico use this operating airport for braking test. Skidabrader textured this runway to a targeted skid number that met the FAA specifications. Skidabrader completed 145,000 square yards in two days with two machines.
Atchafalaya Basin Ridge
Also Known as the Louisiana Airborne Memorial Bridge, this 18.2 mile long twin span bridge is the second longest in the U.S.. Skidabrader was able to texture the entire lenght with no traffic disruption.
Completion of 500,684 square yards and 71 lane milesin 12 working days with two machines.
In Hunstville, Alabama Skidabrader restored 190,000 square yards in two days with two machines. Restoring this airports asphalt runway to safe levels when another vendors surface treatment failed six just month earlier.
Toronto Pearson International
Skidabrader recently finished resurfacing work at Toronto Pearson International Airport.
Lake Pontchatrain Causeway
The Causeway twin span bridge at over 23 miles long is the longest continuous bridge over water in the world. The Skidabrader restored its surface to a safe texture and helped complete the project 90 days ahead of schedule. This project was 782,000 square yards with 111 lane miles and was completed in 25 working days with three machines.
Skidabrader was priveliged to work with Dennis Corsi, Jennifer Brady, and the rest of the folks at Roswell International Air Center. The versatility of the Skidabrader machinery enabled us to hit the target skid numbers that were required at both 40 and 60 mph.