How to Drain 9,000 Gallons of Water from Pavement

You just never know what might “soak” you as you surf the internet… Here’s a pretty cool video from the Daily Telegram in Adrian, Michigan showing the effectiveness of porous (permeable) paving and how it drains 9,000 gallons of water without any pooling whatsoever. As you can see, the water from the fire hose disappears as it hits the asphalt, as the water merely drains into the ground below. Apparently, according to the article, this site is where a farmer’s market is held, so the benefit of quick water drainage is great in the event that it rains before or during the time when the farmers market operates.  That way, the water won’t flood the area or become a safety hazard. If you are considering porous paving for your next project, please feel free to call us at 215-672-8000 or 800-887-2222 or email us today.  We will be sure to drench you with helpful insights…

Friday DIY Day

Creativity can be found everywhere… even in solid concrete.

For those of you who like to perform do-it-yourself projects at home, check out this interesting article on how to “Jazz up that Plain Old Concrete,” (UPDATE: our apologies… this link has been deactivated because the site it linked to seemeed to be having problems) which includes great tips on transforming some run-of-the-mill concrete into something a little more eye catching.  The article also includes a variety of other handy tips for around the house.

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And Now for a Brief History of Asphalt…

The road to perfecting asphalt has been a long and winding one.  With perhaps some speedbumps along the way.

An informative article from the National Asphalt Paving Association describes the history of a product that we take for granted in today’s world.  Indeed, we walk and ride on paved asphalt every day, and yet most of us probably never even think about how asphalt is made, where it came from, or why it’s the best option for road surfaces.  Well, correction, we here at APCON think about it!

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APCON Traffic Cone Says Bon Voyage…

What would summer be without the excitement of kids going off to summer camp?This morning, APCON traffic cones were on the scene of departure day for the first session of Golden Slipper Camp, a non-profit, overnight camp that draws campers mostly from the Philadelphia area.

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Will Stiffer Pavement Help Save Gas?

The online publication “Buildings” reported in May that a recent study from MIT showed that using stiffer pavement could potentially cut fuel consumption by 3% and save roughly $15 billion in gas prices per year in the US.  Plus, since the pavement would need to be made to be stiffer, it is likely to last longer, ultimately saving money in the long run rather than having to repave frequently.

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