Parking Lot Pavement Needs Repair

Pavement is everywhere, so much so that most of us forget about it. Yet pavement needs to be cared for the same way we care for our lawns, our homes, and our vehicles. Pavement that is not cared for will eventually become damaged, and ultimately be hazardous to vehicles and even pedestrians.

What damages pavement? There are a number of things that can cause damage to pavement.

  • Weather damage or oxidation – Extreme weather can break down the pavement surface, allowing a number of contaminants in.
  • Poor maintenance – When damage happens, it is up to the owners of the property to get help as soon as possible. Failure to maintain property can cause damage to vehicles as well as pedestrians.
  • Poor repairs – Repairs that are not completed or performed by an individual who is trained properly can cause further damage to the pavement.
  • Corrosive substances – Substances such as gasoline, motor oil, coolant, chlorine, and battery acid can damage pavement by causing deterioration of the surface structure.
  • Flooding – Excess water can be absorbed into pavement and create cracks as well as swelling.
  • Poor drainage – Poor drainage can cause pools of standing water. Standing water can cause a breakdown of the surface of the pavement, allowing contaminants in.

No matter what the cause of the damage, pavement needs to be maintained properly and repaired immediately.

How is pavement fixed? Pavement is not perfect, so it needs to be monitored and maintained to allow the longest amount of usage possible. There are many ways to maintain or fix pavement.

  • Patching – The old pavement will be cut out and a new patch of pavement will be put down.
  • Overlay – A new layer of pavement mix is poured over the old pavement, heated, rolled, cooled, and then cured to create the new, firm pavement cover.
  • Sealcoating – This creates a top layer to protect pavement against all elements: human, vehicle, and weather.
  • Full-depth reclamation – Through a number of steps of milling, mixing, grading, and compacting, the surface of the pavement is altered and reapplied for a stronger pavement base.
  • Geotextile fabric – This helps to create a barrier for the pavement from elements as well as reduce cracking and water absorption.
  • Modified concrete base – This helps the pavement rid itself of imperfections due to the addition of concrete into the asphalt base.
  • Infrared patching – This temporary fix heats the pavement to workable levels, letting it be repaired or added to when necessary.

Pavement is vital to our communities, businesses, and transportation needs. Without proper care, pavements will cause damage to vehicles, homes, and possibly even pedestrians. Business owners especially need to monitor what is happening to the pavement around them. Figuring out what type of pavement modification or repair you need is as close as a phone call away. If you think you need repairs to parking lot damage, contact the professionals at Dyke’s Paving.


The asphalt milling process

Since we first started our business back in 1968, Dyke’s Paving has proudly served the general contractors, developers, engineers and large commercial entities of the Atlanta, Georgia, community with our quality paving services for new construction sites and pavement installations. We have also served the needs of maintenance staff and property managers with our top-quality rehab paving services by offering the very best in asphalt reconstruction (asphalt resurfacing, milling, etc) and repair (overlay, patching, etc.)

Always innovating our methods to best serve you, Dykes is a key source for recycled construction products such as asphalt, stone and aggregate that we use in environmentally friendly, green programs like LEED. When we combine our innovative materials (asphalts and recycled aggregate) with our different methods of recycling processes, we are able to reduce waste during a project by as much as 100 percent!

Dyke’s Paving is proud to provide a full range of options for paving solutions to commercial enterprises, contractors, developers, engineers and project managers, and have become known across the Atlanta area as one of the best quality paving companies around. We have what you need when you need it! One of our specialties is asphalt milling, which is the process of milling down existing asphalt to a specific depth before resurfacing the area. We’re proud to offer this procedure for many reasons, but one of the most striking things about asphalt milling is how environmentally friendly it can be. By simply using existing asphalt, there is less need to go through the standard crushing process necessary to produce road base.

There are many benefits to using the process of asphalt milling for your next project and we’re proud to be experts in the field. Some of things you can look for when you have a milling project done by us are:

  • Savings – Milling gives you an extraordinary savings advantage when it is used to completely remove existing asphalt to the sub grade.
  • Standard Practice – Milled asphalt is used as road base for all the major cities, CDOT, and counties in the area. It is accepted in many more locations than broken asphalt.
  • No Extra Disposal Charges – Unless the milled asphalt is contaminated with petro mat or dirt, asphalt plants will accept it for no extra dumping charges. If you aren’t planning on using the milled asphalt for reconstruction or as a temporary surface, then getting rid of it is inexpensive and easy. This gives you a huge savings advantage.
  • No “Wicking Effect” – Many times, if there is ground moisture under a project site, heavy machinery passing over the area will “wick up” that moisture, but since asphalt milling happens in one pass, there is less potential for this destructive effect to take place.
  • Speed – Asphalt milling is a much faster method than other, more conventional, asphalt removal methods. Using the process of asphalt milling can cut site preparation time up to 40 percent.

There are so many advantages to using the asphalt milling method and at Dyke’s Paving we are experts in providing the top-quality service your project deserves. We are capable of giving you the best possible solution to your paving project – regardless of its size. Trust Atlanta’s top-quality asphalt milling, paving and resurfacing company, Dyke’s Paving. You’ll be glad your next project is in our hands.

The state of Texas spends about $10 billion a year on transportation, and according to the Texas Department of Transportation, that is about $5 billion less than they need (mostly for road maintenance and repair). The Lone Star State has 311,000 miles of road. That is the most of any state in the U.S. The amount of road alone is an expensive issue, however, another factor is the fact that much of the state is built on “expansive clay.” That is, a type of soil that contracts and swells during wet and dry weather, resulting in roads that crack and buckle much more than in other areas of the country.

The question that arose in the past few years, thanks to an associate professor of civil engineering at the University of Texas at Arlington, Dr. Sahadat Hossain, was: what if there was a way to spend $200,000 or $300,000 on repairs instead of a million dollars on repairs while taking millions – if not billions – of non-decomposing plastic bottles out of landfills at the same time?

Dr. Hossain’s idea is to use recycled plastic soda bottles to create pins to stabilize the roads and lessen the incidence of cracks and buckling, thereby making the roads last longer. Not only is this a cheaper fix, but it is one that will last years longer than more traditional solutions. Each pin is constructed from 500 recycled soda bottles, so the environment is positively affected as well, giving Texas a green fix to a decades-old problem.


According to a report in The Atlantic Cities, a two-year feasibility study was done on sections of Texas Route 287 where 10-foot long pins were drilled into one section of roadway slope. The rest of the highway was left as it was; unsupported. After the study ended this past August, it was found that the supported section had moved only one to two inches, where the control sections – the ones left unsupported – had moved about 15 inches.

The Texas DOT realized this was an idea that would be smart to cash in on, and gave Dr. Hossein a million dollar grant to begin work on two other Texas highways. Dr. Hossain was quoted in the article as saying that he thinks the program could easily spread to other states, and possibly internationally at some point. Although each soil type is different, with research into pin design and placement, it could be done.

Supporting Green Products

Although the “green” movement has only come about in the past several years, companies such as Dykes Paving have had the environment in mind for decades. They have been working on using recycled materials for paving and supporting roads since before it was a popular phenomenon.

Dykes Paving, located in Atlanta since 1968, have been a top contractor among engineers, developers and other general contractors. Their patented inventions using recycled materials can be seen as proof of their evolution. They can take broken asphalt and turn it into a 20-100% recycled hot mix or cold mix asphalt, or use old roofing shingles to make both hot and cold mix asphalt and a dust suppression mix that is a 100% recycled product. They also recycle demolition concrete and excavated shot rock.


You can support our environment and make sure the Earth is able to sustain life for centuries by doing your part to recycle, and using companies like Dykes who find ways to use recycled products to make the world around us a better place.


Atlanta businessman Ted Turner is not afraid to take on a new challenge. Fortunately for Atlanta, this native son had a two acre parking lot on Luckie Street in downtown Atlanta. Next door was Turner’s business complex, comprised of Turner Enterprises, the Turner Foundation, a Ted’s Montana Grill – and Mr. Turner’s own Atlanta home.  Turner used the space to create one of the first solar parking lots in the country – and he may be on to a good idea.

There are many benefits to sun-powered parking lots, including the fact that they generate  energy to charge electric cars and help to shield parked cars from the brutal Atlanta sun.  Turner’s plans for the solar parking lot also include using the solar power generated by it as the energy source for the building complex, including Ted’s Montana Grill. So far, Turner’s parking lot project has been as “green” as can be – he did not allow any trees to be cut down during construction. You can see the parking lot, named the “Luckie Street Solar Project,” at 157 Luckie Street NW, Atlanta.

A Contribution from the NFL?

When you think of organizations with an interest in the environment, the NFL probably isn’t the first one that comes to mind. But the NFL’s  Washington Redskins, recently covered an astonishing 841 parking spaces at the FedEx Field in Maryland with solar units. The stadium now receives 20% of its game-day energy needs from solar sources. Even more impressive, the stadium can meet all of its energy needs from solar sources on non-game days!  And the NFL is not alone.  Rutgers University of New Jersey is spending an estimated $40.8 million to develop 32 acres of solar lots on its Livingston, NJ campus. Rutgers says it expects to save around $28 million in energy costs over two decades.

Solar Carports

Unless you’re a millionaire, you probably can’t embark on your own solar parking lot building project. But not all of the solar-centric projects taking place today are on the scale of a commercial parking lot. Some groups are thinking smaller, in the form of individual solar carports. It is not hard to image the positive impact to the environment should solar carports become popular nationwide. That could be another nationwide change brought to us by the Atlanta businessman who created CNN.

Everyone knows the story of Robin Hood. In case you’ve forgotten, his modus operandi was stealing from the rich and giving to the poor. In Jackson, Mississippi, there’s a man known as the “Robin Hood of Asphalt,” except, instead of stealing from the rich to give to the poor, he’s stealing from the city to give to…the city. This “Pothole Robin Hood” has been stealing city asphalt and using it to fix potholes in and around the city.

So, who is this strange man? He’s Ron Chane, and he recently came forward to ABC News and admitted to being the infamous pothole-fixer. Having fixed 101 (and counting!) potholes with allegedly stolen asphalt, Chane explained to ABC News that he signed his handiwork with his covert signature: “citizen fixed.” While no formal charges have been filed at this point, the city is looking into how Chane acquired the asphalt, something they believe he did illegally, though Chane himself sees absolutely nothing wrong with his actions.

A Serious Problem

Regardless of what you think of this bizarre story or of Ron Chane himself, there is a serious pothole problem in bumpy Jackson, Mississippi. Jackson isn’t the only US city that suffers from majorly pock-marked roads either. Atlanta, Georgia has also come under some scrutiny for the many potholes that line the city. Potholes can cause serious accidents and can pose hazards to pedestrians as well; they are a problem that needs to be addressed by both cities. But is vigilante pothole paving really the answer?

The Problem with Chane’s Pothole Paving Antics

While it can be viewed as an example of citizens stepping up and doing what the city should be doing, there are actually many things wrong with pothole vigilantism. For starters, the people hired to pave city potholes are professionals; they have the equipment and training necessary to get the job done right. With no training and potentially low-quality asphalt, Chane could actually be doing more harm than good. Furthermore, vigilante pothole pavers tend to do their work at night, often without the proper lighting or other safety equipment, which means they could find themselves hit by a car or causing serious traffic accidents. And, of course, there’s the simple matter of stealing asphalt that was earmarked for other purposes.

A Right Way to Do Things

So what should you do if you live in a city like Jackson, Mississippi or Atlanta, Georgia and are tired of dealing with potholes? Well, instead of stealing and doing the job yourself, how about working to raise awareness of the problem? You could form a legal, peaceful protest about the issue, or you could get a group together and make your voices heard at the local City Hall. Or you can report it to local media, like CBS Atlanta’s Pothole Patrol. There’s also the option of gathering signatures for a petition to make your city act on the pothole problem, and if you’re truly concerned, you could even raise money and donate it to your city with the stipulation that the funds be used to fix the potholes. There are are few alternative to doing the job yourself.

fixed street pothole labelled Citizen fixed

An artist finds inspiration in everything, by looking beyond what we see in everyday life to find beauty in the most surprising and unexpected of places. It is the ability to find and appreciate beauty that has spurred several artists to create “pothole artworks.” It is inspiring to think that something as simple as broken asphalt can be the starting point for beautiful works of art.

Pretty Parisian Knits

Apparently in Paris, commercial paving isn’t what it used to be! In fact, the roads there are so bad and so marred with unsightly potholes that young artist Juliana Santacruz Herrera decided to do something about it. In 2009, she gathered an array of knitting supplies and went to work crafting beautiful, knitted plugs to fill-in undesirable potholes. She named her endeavor “Project Pothole” and gained attention for her lovely designs. Of course, the knitted pothole plugs didn’t last for very long, but they did serve the important purpose of inspiring people to think outside the box (or hole) – to take something ugly and transform it into a thing of beauty. You can check out some of her design on Flikr.

Pothole Photography

Meanwhile, in New York City, photographer Davide Luciano, decided to use potholes in and around the city as props in his photographs. But instead of simply documenting the potholes, he transformed them into a variety unlikely scenarios, including a grape-stomping pit, a pile of spaghetti and meatballs, a swimming pool fit for a diver (and a drowner!), and more. The best part of the story? Luciano actually got the idea for his project after he had a rough encounter with a pothole, proving that good things can come out of bad events. Luciano’s artwork can be seen on his website.

A Pothole Garden


You don’t have to be a professional photographer or skilled artist to improve on a pothole. You may only need a green thumb! Recently, urban gardeners have been planting small gardens inside of potholes, too. Some grow a favorite flower, while others add tiny garden ornaments. Either way these gardens provide people with something pretty to look at in place of something unpleasant. Pothole gardens are doable for anyone, and they happen to work especially well for homegrown potholes, such as holes in your driveway or sidewalk. Check out pothole gardener Steve Wheen’s blog for great examples of pothole gardens worldwide.

If your driveway or parking area is looking a little worn, or worse, you could be the target of criminals. That’s because summer is the time of year for asphalt scammers. These are dishonest individuals who knock on doors claiming to represent a  professional asphalt paving company or out of work contractor. While they may offer a paving job for cheap, what’s likely to happen is either a poorly done job, or no work done at all. Elderly homeowners are particularly vulnerable to these schemes, but any trusting person can fall victim. Be on your guard against hiring someone to do work on your property without background checking them first. Here are some common asphalt paving scams making the rounds.

The Extra Asphalt Scheme

Imagine this scenario: you’re sitting at home one afternoon when a worker knocks at your door. He tells you that he is working on another home in the neighborhood, has extra asphalt from the project and can give you a great deal on repaving your driveway.  Before you say yes, ask to see some credentials. Chances are, the so-called contractor will run for the hills. Legitimate contractors very rarely  solicit work door-to-door. Furthermore, most have plenty of uses for any “extra” asphalt they have, so there’s no reason for them to be peddling it to you. What you’re likely dealing with is a skilled scammer. This person may have come across some asphalt cheaply and is trying to make some money from it, regardless of whether he has the skills to do so. The asphalt may even have been stolen.

Asphalt scammers are smart and will often get the names of nearby homeowners who have recently had work done on their properties in order to win your trust. Don’t let them reel you in! Either they will take your money upfront and never be heard from again, or they will do the work poorly. Or they may quote you one price and then demand a much higher sum once the work is done.

The “Limited Time Offer” Scam

In another common scenario, a “contractor” offers you a great price on a repaving job, but requires payment in full, upfront. The scammer will use very high pressure sales techniques, calling it a “one time offer.” Remember, though, that legitimate contractors are in no hurry to take your money. They will provide you with an upfront estimate, including the number of months or years that the estimate is good for.

These are just two common scams in the asphalt paving world. There are many others. To protect yourself and your property, always research a contractor before doing business, and never allow work to commence on your property without having a fully signed contract in hand.


Who would think that asphalt could be so popular? But a 2012 TED talk about a self-healing asphalt technology has garnered nearly half a million views since being posted in February. In it, Dutch civil engineer Erik Schlangen does some cool kitchen science using a microwave to mend a bar of asphalt. His demonstration, and the promise of better roads from the technology, are fascinating.

Although it occurs naturally, most asphalt is made from petroleum. In the United States, 85% of asphalt is used for roads. A typical road  is composed of roughly 5% asphalt material and 95% aggregates, which are usually stones and sand. A durable road surface is made when the asphalt clings to the aggregates.

If you drive a car then you’re also familiar with the problems of asphalt paving. Cracks, potholes and windshield damage from loose aggregates are all examples of what happens when the binding power of asphalt naturally decays. This can happen due to changes in the weather, damage from general use and vibrations under certain conditions. Once the asphalt begins to break down, tiny cracks form, loosening the binding between materials, ultimately creating potholes and raveling.

A Kitchen Solution

What is the solution? Turns out, it was right in our kitchens all along. Steel wool threads (like those used for scrubbing pans) are used in the creation of the asphalt road itself, placed within the bitumen substance that goes between the aggregates. Then induction heating comes into play. Induction involves the rapid excitement of metal to create heat through the use of magnets. When an alternating current is sent through a coil, it can create an oscillating magnetic field that heats the molecules within ferromagnetic metals. In this case, the steel wool is the metal. When self-healing asphalt is heated, it becomes malleable and liquid again. Schlangen demonstrated the heating and cooling  process using a microwave on stage. The process was fast enough that the asphalt block he broke was mended by the end of his seven minute talk.

Is This the Road of the Future?

The cost of maintaining US roads is a lot higher than most people realize. In 2005, the Federal Highway Administration was granted $286 billion to provide much needed repairs and upgrades to the national highway infrastructure. Much of this goes towards mending roads. If this new form of self-healing asphalt is implemented into roads,  it is estimated that inductive heating repairs would be necessary every four years. Schlangen says it should double the lifespan of a roadway. Will this happen in the US? In the Netherlands, it has been used successfully on a test section of a highway. However, highways in the Netherlands use porous asphalt, which also reduces noise and allows effective water drainage. Porous pavement has been demonstrated to work fine on US roadways. Hopefully these new technologies will be coming to more roads soon.

You can watch Schlangen’s entire TED Talk here.

Driving a car in a city like New York City can be a lesson in frustration. It isn’t just the congestion or the aggressive drivers, but the fact that when you want to park it is usually impossible to find a spot. Most of the time, drivers are satisfied when they find one within a few blocks of their destination. It can take time and lots of luck. But recently New York Mayor Bloomberg announced the rollout of a test program that may make the lives of NYC drivers just a bit easier.

The program uses simple, coin-sized sensors embedded into the roadway parking spaces of the city.  The sensors are able to detect whether the parking space is available. Their use may help drivers and the city itself several ways:

  • Less fuel and less time wasted hunting for a spot.
  • Lowered risk of accidents for motorists – and pedestrians – when looking for a space.
  • Fewer problems with double parking.
  • The ability to find parking using a smart phone or mobile device.
  • A ratings system that displays how likely finding a spot will be on a given block.


How You Know Where to Go

While the implications of the technology are quite impressive, for now it is only being tested on a few blocks in the Bronx. One drawback of the application is that it does not give information on any specific parking spot, but uses a map coded with green, yellow or red to indicate the overall possibility of finding a space. Nonetheless, early reviews have been positive. The only issue from critics is the fact that using the app could in itself be distracting to drivers. Mayor Bloomberg explained the tool is intended to be used before you get in your car, not while driving.

Easy to Install and Maintain

Placing the sensors themselves in an asphalt parking lot requires very little construction cost. The sensors have batteries which can last for years, and they are easily replaceable. They transmit information wirelessly to servers that can be accessed anywhere. Indeed several other cities, like San Francisco, are already using this same technology. It is easy to see how, as wireless technology becomes more prevalent, ideas like embedded sensors will bring more quality of life improvements to our roadways.

The world we live in today is radically different from the world of a few generations ago. As we continue to evolve, progress, and change, we need to look at the way we live in this world. The next time it rains, take a look outside your window. Where does all of that water go? It has to go somewhere, and as we build more and more sidewalks, driveways, roadways, and parking lots, the water has fewer porous outlets to allow it to seep back into the earth.


Thankfully, technology is progressing to meet some of the demands we place on our planet. One innovative option is something called “permeable paving.” This type of pavement is a modern, sustainable solution that can cut down on flooding.

What Is Permeable Paving?

Basically, any street or sidewalk made with permeable materials, like porous concrete or unit pavers, is a permeable pavement. It allows air and water to pass quickly and easily through it into the soil. This provides the opportunity for storm water storage and/or the soil to recharge its necessary supply of groundwater. Another benefit is that permeable pavement reduces the amount of pollutants that go into our water supply. While permeable pavement acts very differently to traditional pavement, it looks just like other paved surface.

Where Can Permeable Paving Be Used?

Small property owners can benefit from permeable paving, as well as neighborhood developers looking to attain LEED certification. This green option is a great way to minimize negative impacts on the planet from development, like flooding and storm water pollution. Permeable paving can be done on its own or in connection with other green enhancements, such as:

In terms of location, permeable paving is appropriate for all street types.  Here are some of the places where it works best:

  • Sloped paving surface of 5 percent or less
  • Sidewalks, driveways, park areas, shared streets, plazas, walking paths, bike paths, open parking lots
  • Parking strips or gutters not used with traffic or bus stops
  • Streets that do not experience high traffic

Where Can’t It Be Used?

There are still some places, however, where its use is less than ideal. These include:

  • Hillsides with a slope greater than 20 percent
  • Traffic lanes that experience heavy congestion
  • Areas that have a history of shallow groundwater contamination
  • An place that is subject to chemical spillage, or where businesses such as gas stations, car washes or auto repairs shops are located
  • Streets with a history of combined sewer overflows unless as part of a project aimed at eliminating such overflows
  • Areas with shallow groundwater or seasonal high groundwater (less than 4 feet) if receiving run-on (storm water runoff from adjacent areas)
  • Within 20 feet of sub-sidewalk basements if receiving runoff
  • Within 50 feet of domestic water wells if receiving runoff

How is Permeable Paving Designed?

It is necessary to determine soil conditions in the area where permeable paving is to be installed. These conditions include percolation rate and infiltration capabilities, depth to the water table, depth to bedrock, and soil contamination. When the project is being designed, there are some common materials for the paving surface to consider:

  • Permeable hot-mix asphalt, typically 2.5 inches deep
  • Permeable concrete, which is similar to standard concrete but lacking items such as sand, typically 4 to 8 inches deep
  • Interlocking block pavers

How is Permeable Paving Maintained?

Just like most everything else, this special type of pavement requires some periodic maintenance. Once or twice a year vacuuming, or sweeping, (depending on the size of the area) should be performed when the sediments are dry. The pavement should also be tested yearly to determine if it is clogged in any way. Broken or damaged pavement must be fixed or replaced.

If you are interested in enhancing your neighborhood with permeable paving, or if you are concerned about flooding from a proposed development, consider permeable pavement. It is a great solution to help out the planet right outside your door.

According to the Asphalt Pavement Alliance, 94 percent of roads in the United States are surfaced with asphalt. Think about your daily commute, the errands you run, or walks in your neighborhood. All of this is possible because of the simple material we call asphalt. We hardly think about it, but asphalt is really important. Essentially, you know that your asphalt roads are working because you don’t have to think about them.

A new campaign going on right now centers around asphalt, the misconceptions and benefits of this unique form of pavement. The Asphalt FACTS campaign is centered on a new website,, which provides information about asphalt pavements. The site is filled with all kinds of fascinating tidbits that will change the way you think about asphalt. For example, did you know that American taxpayers save over $1.5 billion per year by recycling asphalt?

The Benefits of Asphalt

Asphalt has a great number of benefits, especially when compared to other types of paving materials. First, asphalt roads can be constructed simply and without a lot of money. Long lasting, asphalt pavement only requires minimal maintenance to keep in good condition. Asphalt is extremely durable, so that the road never needs to be removed or replaced. And it establishes an incredibly smooth surface for driving, resulting in a ride that is comfortable and quiet. Because asphalt is so quiet, expensive and ugly sound walls don’t need to be constructed to insulate roadways. Also, asphalt is safe. It provides incredible gripping power, keeping riders safe from accidents.


Many of us have the wrong idea about asphalt. The old mindset is that asphalt is expensive and not environmentally friendly. In truth, asphalt pavement is the most recycled material in America. That’s because you can make asphalt out of a wide variety of materials that are recyclable, such as roofing shingles, ground tires, and glass. Some areas are even experimenting with using plain, old, everyday garbage as part of their asphalt paving plans. When these materials are incorporated into the asphalt, everyone benefits. We have less trash going into landfills and our roadways are being built with the environment in mind. Did you know that recycling of asphalt pavements and asphalt shingles in 2010 alone conserved 20.5 million barrels of asphalt binder? Asphalt pavements are one of our greatest renewable resources. With recycling, tax payers benefit, especially when items such as shingles are recycled into our nation’s roads.

Can Asphalt Really Save Me Money?

Well maintained asphalt provides you with more than just a smooth ride. Most of us probably don’t think about it on a daily basis, but the smoother your asphalt, is the better your car is going to perform. Ultimately, a well-surfaced asphalt road helps to maximize your fuel economy. Go to and see how in just a short amount of time, asphalt has turned America’s worst roads into smooth ones.

It may have only been a ¼ mile long asphalt road, but for the members of a Leesburg, FL community, it was a Christmas miracle.

For over 10 years, a tiny neighborhood in Leesburg has had to contend with driving to and from their homes using a muddy, pothole-ridden dirt road. This past December they were finally able to replace the road with an asphalt paved one. The community is so happy with the change, they are planning a “road party” to celebrate it. Come spring, they are looking forward to landscaping it with native plants that thrive in the lush Central Florida environment.

It was the perseverance of the president of the Homeowners’ Association of Village of Lake Pointe, Steven Metheny, that brought the road to Leesburg. But it took a lot of time, effort and money to make it happen. A string of legal issues were the first obstacles. A road was originally intended for the neighborhood, but plans fell through when the developer went bankrupt.

Homeowners had been using the neighborhood’s construction entrance. While this was the de facto road, there was another wrinkle – it actually ran across the backyard of one of the residents. The house it belonged to had actually been located incorrectly on its plot. Metheny pooled the money required – all $9,500 of it – from the dues collected from the home owners’ association.

Then the road itself had to be paid for. Fortunately, the Leesburg city government stepped in with funding of $30,000 for the asphalt paving.



“That was a great gift,” Metheny said. “The city was gracious and fantastic in helping us in many different ways, which involved No. 1, starting with the city commission to get the vote and approval for the money to be allocated for this project and to work with public works department. It has been a challenge for many, many years, but this was a huge success for our community.”

But credit is also due to Metheny, who had to consult with innumerable lawyers and who coordinated with all the homeowners in the area to sign legal documents to facilitate the land purchase. He had to literally go house to house to get all the signatures on the required documents. In the words of Jay Evan, City Manager of Leesburg, “Were not for the efforts of Steven Metheny, I don’t know if it would have happened.”

It was just ¼ of a mile, but a paved road has made a huge difference to this community.