Heavy Loaded Trucks on Parking lots
Many parking lots fail not because of age or cracking, but because heavily-loaded trucks are using locations in the parking lot that don’t have adequate pavement thickness.
When designing your parking lot, it is important to tell asphalt contractor that heavy loaded traffic will be using it so proper planning can be done to assure a long lasting and durable surface. Proper design and construction will mitigate most full depth pavement failures. The main cause of pavement failure in parking areas is fuel spillage. Asphalt concrete is a petroleum-based product; when other petroleum-based products are spilled on asphalt concrete, then the asphalt concrete softens and loses strength. It is recommended that these pavements be sealed to prevent the intrusion of these these products..
Entrances, approaches, exits, dumpster areas break down because there is not enough thickness to support heavy loads. Areas where heavy vehicles move on the parking lot should have traffic control devices that will direct heavy vehicles to use the areas where the pavement is thicker. This can save thousands of dollars in future repairs to your parking lot.
Most owners should have a good idea what types of heavy trucks they expect to be using their facility and parking lot. Consulting with our Parking lot designers will enable you to have the proper pavement that will last long into the future.