Kalamazoo County Full Depth Reclamation Project. Revisited

I wanted to do a Follow up of the FDR/Crush & Shape Project that was done in Kalamazoo County in June, 2012. The video link of the project is below. I also wanted to attach photo’s of how well the road has held up for four years. We will revisit in the future. Still looks great, very few cracks present. other then some asphalt oxidation, It looks like a new road.

Photo’s taken August 1, 2016.

To add longevity to your project, add Calcium Chloride to your base during the grinding process. It increases stability and density, giving you a long lasting base. That means a long lasting roadway and happy motorist and residents.


(2012 Article) Well I have been talking about the Demo Project in Kalamazoo County for a while. It’s time to stop talking and show you how it turned out. Below is a link for the video of the 2 day project. I hope you are as impressed with the results as we were.

It was great working with the hard working folks at the Road Commission as well as J.L Milling and sub contractors involved.

A quick recap. Deteriorated HMA roadway with base failures. Applied 3 inches of 22A gravel, recycler milled 3″ of gravel, 3″ of Asphalt and 2″ of existing base while adding 0.75 gallons of 38% Calcium Chloride to the mixture at the drum of the recycler. The pulverized material was then graded to the proper crown, while widening for an additional 4 feet of gravel shoulders. Once compaction was completed, a final top application of 0.25 gallons of Calcium Chloride was applied.

The final product is a dense, stable base that won’t have reflective cracking issues for the paving project scheduled later this summer. This project is dust free and can be left as a stand alone or prep for staging paving or chip seals as budget allows in the next budget year. We are very happy with the results. Take a look or drive out to 17th. street in Kalamazoo County.



About Dave Budd

Vice President of Product Development and Marketing, Great Lakes Chloride, Inc. Serving Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Ohio and Kentucky. Retired Michigan DOT, October 2010 after 32 years experience in Maintenance/Operations. Specializing in winter operations and liquid de-icers and anti-icers.
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