The inspector plays a vital role on every construction project ensuring that the completed operations comply with the plans and specifications. Information on where to obtain the best practice guidelines and additional resources can be found in the Additional Resources section. As with any construction process, if the owner agency is concerned with any part of the process, the owner agency should have a conversation with the contractor.
Like most paving projects, the primary goal is to produce a strong, smooth and durable wearing surface. Inspectors can help achieve this goal by ensuring that the process is in accordance with the contract documents as follows:
Mix Design: Verify that a mix design(s) was performed by a qualified lab resulting in a mixture that meets or exceeds the contract documents.
Surface Preparation: Walk or drive the entire pavement to be paved for the day to ensure the surface has been properly prepared and that all pre-construction repairs have been made.
Acceptable Weather: Measure the air and pavement temperature and check conditions for anticipated rainfall to determine if construction can start.
Traffic Control: Verify that the proper traffic control is in place to keep the traveling public safe and out of freshly placed mixture.
Application Rates: Periodic checks should be made to verify that the material being placed is within the allowable tolerances.