Fifty people work for the Florida Department of Transportation on the project from 6 p.m. to 7 a.m.
Updated 7:14 p.m. Oct. 25.
While the county sleeps, workers of the Florida Department of Transportation set a brand new layer of hot asphalt on the blemished interstate in Flagler County.
Tony L. Phillips, project administrator from Jacobs Engineering, and Rafael M. Rodriguez, the construction engineer of the FDOT for District 5, recently took the Palm Coast Observer on a tour of their night operation.
The resurfacing project has 50 people working from 6 p.m. to 7 a.m. on overlapping shifts. Shifts go according to job duties, and some of them working 12-hour shifts in the darkness, moving trucks and hot asphalt, and shifting lanes.
On average, I-95 needs to be resurfaced every 15-20 years. FDOT awards the construction contract to the lowest bidder, in this case, MASCI Corp. Jacob's Engineering administers the contract for FDOT.
The project involves several passes back and forth, northbound and southbound lanes, shoulders and exits. All told, it's the equivalent of 190 miles of lanes in 19 miles from the Flagler-St. John's county line south to the Flagler-Volusia county line south of Old Dixie Highway. The project should take 550 days.
2020 is the projected finishing time, barring weather delays. Bike week and holidays are also considered.
The engineers and workers invite the community to be mindful of speed, closeness, and vehicles entering the work area. Patience is also essential as it is a slow, advancing project.
Steps of the paving process
1. Existing asphalt pavement is removed through milling, and the material is recycled as new asphalt.
2. Sweeping and vacuuming machines clean the road from dust and loose material.
3. A tack coating is applied on the road, which serves as the glue between the existing pavement and the new pavement.
4. The new asphalt is delivered by trucks and placed on the road by an asphalt paving machine. As it's poured, the asphalt temperature is about 300 degrees Fahrenheit.
5. Compaction rollers densify the new asphalt pavement to improve durability and provide a smooth ride.
6. New lane lines are painted to provide the required pavement markings.
7. Once pavement has cooled, it is open to traffic.