Asphalt Additions Pave Road To Growth In Greensboro
(1st / 2nd Quarters 2008)
A Sharpe Bros. paving crew in action on Guilford County roads.
Sharpe Bros. has added a third silo at plant #2 (above) to keep up with its airport work, and added a new facility, plant #3, to service new work as the Greensboro area grows (below). (Photos by Giles Lambertson and John Reilly, Jr.)
To keep up with contracted work and attract additional business in the Piedmont Triad area of North Carolina, Sharpe Bros. has expanded an existing asphalt plant and added a third facility.
The new Astec Double Barrel drum-mix plant is located southeast of Greensboro near the I-85/I-40 bypass. There is no other plant in that area and it will give us a chance to favorably compete for work along the corridor between Greensboro and Burlington, explained Ivan Clayton, Sharpe V.P. and General Manager.
Site work and concrete footings were completed in March, with the plant fully installed and operational by May. The facility has a production capacity of 400 tons per hour, with three 300-ton storage silos.
Sharpe also upgraded its plant #2, located near Piedmont Triad International Airport, adding a third 200-ton silo to handle paving work on a runway and two taxiways.
The companys original hot mix asphalt plant southwest of Greensboro is used mostly for private contracts. All existing Vecellio Group asphalt plants have received Green Diamond Awards from the National Asphalt Pavement Association for clean and environmentally sound operation.
Plants #1 and #2 supplied mix for a $3 million paving job at another airport, Smith Reynolds Airport in Winston-Salem.
The job required a very challenging work schedule including both day and night shifts at times to keep the airport operating as normally as possible.
The project called for a subcontractor to mill the 7,000-foot main runway, with Sharpe overlaying the surface with 25,000 tons of new asphalt. Most of the work was done over two successive weekends in April. Before the work began, Sharpe crews paved a small piece intersecting a shorter runway to ensure that it was fully usable during the 30-day milling and resurfacing project on the main runway.
Other Sharpe paving projects include a $1.9 million contract to pave 22 miles of milled secondary roads in Guilford County with a 1.5-inch overlay of asphalt. Some 25,000 tons will be laid on the roadways by the end of July.
For the City of High Point, Sharpe is reworking three major intersections Eastchester Drive at Premier Drive, Wendover Avenue at Penny Road, and Piedmont Parkway at N.C. Hwy. 68.