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Asphalt Division Achieves Record-Breaking Start

The Heavy Highway/Asphalt Division is off to an extraordinary start in the 2023 season, setting new volume records for tons of asphalt produced in March, April, and May. While June didn’t break any records, it still ranked as one of the most productive months ever. This impressive beginning has put operations ahead of schedule and positioned Herzog to surpass the annual record set in the 2021 season.

A significant contributing factor to this successful start is the amount of Department of Transportation (DOT) work on our books. Leading the list of DOT projects completed so far this year are two Missouri Governor’s route projects. These projects were made possible by a $100 million fund added to the annual transportation budget by the Governor to improve rural roads throughout Missouri. The projects were all bid in July 2022, with tight completion dates set for June 2023. We are proud to have secured two of these projects, one covering 76.4 miles on 11 different routes and the other covering 119.4 miles on 11 different routes. Because the Missouri construction industry, including Herzog, successfully completed these projects on time, the Governor has allocated additional funds for another round of projects in 2023, with the first set scheduled for bidding in August.

Another noteworthy project for our Heavy Highway Division this year is the highly anticipated paving of a stretch of I-29 through St. Joseph. This segment of I-29, extending 13.6 miles from Pigeon Creek, approximately 4 miles south of St. Joseph, to exit 53, has recently commenced paving operations. Initially bid in August 2022 at a value of $14,303,021, this project requires nighttime operations and will continue through mid-September. The project design features a ½” mill with a 1.75” SP095 asphalt overlay, incorporating increased Balanced Mix Design testing specifications, guardrail improvements, median enhancements, full-depth concrete replacement, edge rock treatment, and pavement markings.

We are proud of our Heavy Highway/Asphalt Division’s dedication and hard work, which has led to these remarkable achievements and opportunities. As we move forward, we remain committed to delivering excellence in every project we undertake, making a positive impact on the infrastructure and communities we serve.