PROJECT TYPE // Resurfacing
OWNER // City of Birmingham

City of Birmingham ResurfacingThis 2010-2011 project involved milling-off old asphalt, and installing a new 1.5” asphalt overlay, for many of the Birmingham city center’s most-traveled roads.

For approximately 25 miles of asphalt overlay, Dunn Construction installed nearly 63,000 tons of asphalt—produced by our own aggregate facility. Other key aspects of the project included: Approximately 46,250 square yards of concrete sidewalk; 6,000 square yards of 6” concrete driveway paving; 170 new ADA-compliant handicap ramps; 90 miles of temporary paint striping; 65 miles of permanent paint striping; and over 40,000 SF of permanent paint pavement markings.

Traffic control was a major challenge for this project—particularly given the tremendous weekday demand for Off Street parking, which serves both area businesses and the UAB campus. The area is also home to several hospital and emergency facilities—all of which, naturally, remained open 24/7 during the project.

Schedule updates were distributed weekly to Birmingham’s City Engineer and UAB—as well as to the hospitals and emergency facilities.

In order to minimize disruption of peak downtown traffic periods, Dunn was required to eliminate four daytime hours from its weekday paving schedule (6:30 to 8:00 am and 4:00 to 6:30 pm). For traffic control, Dunn coordinated with local law enforcement—whose time investment toward the effort exceeded 12,500 man hours.

Despite all these challenges, the project was completed within the contract duration—in April 2011.