...with sweaty men caught in between.
Meet Mark, driver of the roller machine that smooths the newly
laid asphalt being installed at the intersection of Crawfordsville Road
and Interstate-74. It was about 9 in the morning and temperatures
were already high, reaching 100 degrees in the shade by
afternoon. He wasn't being lazy, but awaiting his turn in the process
of making certain the pavement would be smooth and
would adhere to the roadbed bases installed earlier.
The above shot is of the tarry adhesive that helps the asphalt
stay in place. When freshly laid, the heated asphalt is over
200 degrees. I was told that if I walked on it, it could melt the
soles of my sneakers. I chose to not challenge the
statement. The roller would be slowly driven over the
newly laid material, further compacting it and driving it
into the roadbed.
The stretch of road above is ready to be paved by
the equipment below. Consisting of two separate sections,
the newly-made asphalt is put into the rear section, then picked
up by a conveyor belt to be pulled into the front machine.
The asphalt is then laid at a pre-determined depth on the
roadbed, allowed to cool a bit, when it's then rolled
into the adhesive and foundation by Mark
and his machine.