Thesing Power Sweeping, Inc. provides power sweeping for milling & paving on heavy highway construction. Our goal is to be seamless to the milling and paving process. We view ourselves as an extension of the milling machine and a quality enhancement to the paving machine. We believe that milling & paving sweeping is the most difficult type of sweeping project for a sweeper and its operator. The sweeper has to be extremely heavy duty and in good condition, and the operator must have a high degree of competence and training. Three key elements that determine a good power sweeping company:
Milling & paving sweeping is a job for the most experienced operators!
A significant component to sweeping milling & paving projects is having an operator who is alert, communicates well and is properly trained in the entire process of milling & paving. The sweeper operator MUST keep track of what the miller is doing throughout the entire process. Without a high level of experience in milling & paving sweeping, a sweeper operator can create trouble for the whole crew.
It is also important that the sweeper operator communicates with the milling crew as to how the particular operation is being run. You have to know what you’re doing to start with, then listen well and follow along the guidelines.
Properly trained operators understand the basics of a milling operation, which include:
|::||They will be faced with piles of heavy material.|
|::||State or local inspectors can shut down a milling operation until the street sweeper catches up.|
|::||The sweeper operator may need to communicate with contractor personnel to scrape up the windrow of millings left behind.|
|::||Dealing with the entire process – the flaggers, the superintendents, the traffic, state or local police, etc.|
Safety is paramount!
Safety is always a concern for Thesing Power Sweeping and milling & paving projects only add to that concern for us. This is particularly the case on heavy highway projects where traffic control, being alert, and knowing the job are critical to a safe work environment. We are extra careful on these projects and only use properly trained operators who have safety consciousness on their mind.
We also realize the importance of outfitting our sweepers with the proper safety equipment, which includes strobe systems and arrow sticks on the sweeper. Additionally, we install high intensity lighting for visibility on jobs performed at night. Safety is a significant component in training our people and we view this to be as important as a properly prepared road surface.
Equipment choice is critical for milling & paving projects
At Thesing Power Sweeping, we only employ high dump sweepers for ease of material transfer. High dump sweepers allow the transfer of material directly from the sweeper to a dump truck or any container lower than a dump truck. Our preferred sweepers of choice on milling & paving projects are the Elgin Broom Bear and the Athey Mobil. In our opinion, they are the most rugged and efficient mechanical sweepers on the market today. Their intelligent design gives us greater water and hopper capacity requiring us to make fewer scheduled stops.
Reliability & Dependability
We understand that timing is critical on a milling & paving project! Often, the roadway is closed and work is performed at night, which adds to the cost and the pressure to complete the project within the timeframe allotted. When you tell us you need a sweeper on the job at 8:00 p.m., we know you mean exactly 8:00 p.m., and not a minute later.
We also understand that it is critical for the street sweeper to begin sweeping as soon as the miller begins its work since any millings left behind could be compacted by construction vehicles and cars, and potentially cause the following problems:
|::||Street sweeper cannot effectively pickup the compacted millings|
|::||Site inspection fails|
|::||Asphalt will not adhere to road surface|
|::||Delays in paving!|
Flexibility in scheduling
At Thesing Power Sweeping, a significant portion of our milling & paving projects are scheduled with less than 48 hours’ notice, so we know that we have to be able to react. In addition, our scheduled projects are sometimes performed at night. We understand that you need flexibility because our workload is dependent upon how much you – as the contractor – get done.
In order to be able to handle this workload and flexibility, we have a fleet of seventeen large mechanical broom sweepers and all of our operators are trained on milling & paving projects. We service the largest contractors in the tri-state area, including: A. E. Stone, Agate Construction Co., American Asphalt Company, American Infrastructure, Arawak Paving Company, C. Abbonizio Contractors, Diamond Materials, General Asphalt Company, Greggo & Ferrara, The JPC Group, Jersey Construction, R. E. Pierson Construction Co., South State, Inc., Wyndham Construction, Robert T. Winzinger, Zone Striping, and many more….
We completely understand this simple premise when it comes to milling and paving projects – new asphalt will not adhere properly to the milled road surface if millings are trapped in the middle. Further complicating this is the fact that state or local inspectors will not allow the new asphalt to be applied; effectively halting the entire project until the street sweeper completes its work.
There are several techniques that we employ to ensure our drivers are trained to sweep the millings to satisfy customers and inspectors. Some are technical and some come from years of experience in sweeping various milling projects. For example, cleaning the joints requires proper gutter broom adjustment. Experienced sweeper operators know that increased down pressure or a tilt adjustment on the gutter broom can be the simple fix to adequately clean out the joints.
Other Considerations For Milling & Paving Contractors
Thesing Power Sweeping is a Women-Business Enterprise (WBE) and Small Business Enterprise (SBE) for State and Public projects!
You can fill your mandatory minority and small business percentages by using Thesing Power Sweeping, for state and public contracts requiring the use of it. Thesing Power Sweeping is a Women-Business Enterprise in the States of New Jersey and Pennsylvania. See about us for more information.