Licensed road construction contractors are the people who undertake the job of laying the road and the work related to it. These contractors help in proper planning, surveying, designing and landscaping of roads and the surroundings keeping in mind the environmental regulations.
If you want to pursue a career as a road construction contractor, you will need to understand various technical terms related to the laying of the roads. In this guide, we will cover some key terms related to road construction contractors, such as the contractor’s license, insurance, asphalt overlays, culvert and potholes repairs.
Contractor's licenseWhether it's a small road or a freeway, it's mandatory for a road contractor to posses a license for road construction projects. All 50 states have different conditions for the qualifications for obtaining a road construction contractor license.
Contractors State License Board (CSLB). Contractor’s License also provides information about the requirements of a contractor’s license.
InsuranceA contractor must have insurance coverage for the construction work that is to be completed. The requirements for the insurance vary from state to state and premium for this insurance depends upon the liability coverage.
Asphalt overlaysAsphalt overlays are the layers of the asphalt concrete that are placed on the roadway with a paver. Overlays can have a thickness from 1 inch to 6 inches.
CulvertsA culvert is a pipe or tube structure that allows water to pass from one side to the other under a railway track, road or bridge. Culverts are available with many types of materials, shapes and sizes.
Potholes repairsPotholes repairs is part of the road construction and repair job. Various methods have been cited for the pothole repairs. Cold mix is used to fill the potholes temporarily.
NIOSH research on health hazards by the asphalt fumesNIOSH (National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health) is an organization that recommends the safety of workers. It also has many documents that relate to the conditions in asphalt-related work.
NIOSH provides guidelines for paving hot mix asphalt (HMA).
CorrugationsCorrugations are the deformities in asphalt paving across the pavement surface. This occurs due to the improper mix of asphalt during the laying of the overlays.
To learn more about the corrugations you can go through the contractor’s glossary at Contractor School Online.