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4 Steps to Winterize Your Parking Lot

The fall is the perfect time to winterize your parking lot and make sure it’s ready for the weather to come. Winter can be especially menacing for parking lots and pavement that hasn’t been sufficiently prepared. Rain and low temperatures can wreak havoc on surfaces and turn small problems into big ones. Follow these 4 steps to prevent potential hazards in the first place:

 

1. Do a routine walkthrough of your paved areas.
Parking lots should be checked quarterly for possible problems. Start by looking for areas of standing water. Water can break down the asphalt binder and leak into the subgrade, eroding it over time. This is also an indication that the pavement or subgrade may be failing, because modern grading techniques are designed to establish a grade that flushes water away from the parking area and toward designated drainage points.

Next, check for oil or other chemicals that leak directly onto the pavement. Just like water, some chemicals associated with vehicles can cause binder breakdown and lead to subsurface problems. Cleaning up oil and other chemical spills as quickly as possible can help prevent this and keep your asphalt in better condition. Fix any cracks, divots or uneven areas. Small cracks and divots are often the first visible sign of possible asphalt breakdown, and it’s more cost efficient and less intrusive to fix them when they’re small by seal coating or spot patching than it is to do a complete tearout and reinstall of the paving. Finally, check on old, dull or worn striping and pavement-level signage such as fire lane indicators and other information. They may be harder to see and read during winter months.

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Emerging Trends in Parking: Smart Parking


Today’s parking lot has moved far beyond simply parking cars.

Did you know the installed base of global on-street smart parking spaces is expected to reach 1.1 million by 2026? According to a new survey by The International Parking Institute (IPI), technology continues to transform the ever-evolving parking lot industry. That’s right, the largest emerging trend in parking lots today relates directly to technology, known as smart parking. No single technology offers a complete solution for everything. We’re seeing a combination of different technologies being utilized by city officials and parking operators designed to help transform parking into a more efficient, profitable, and sustainable industry.

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Parking Design Checklist

Parking lot design isn’t just a matter of painting stripes and arrows and erecting or hanging signs. There are many design considerations, some required by city laws and others simply appealing to customers, you should incorporate into your parking lot layout.

 

Here, we’re going to provide you with a checklist of need-to-haves and nice-to-haves to include in your parking lot design.

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Why is Yellow the Color of Caution?

 

Yellow has come to symbolize a great many things across cultures – meanings that are often conflicting in nature. Across Europe and North America, yellow is associated with amusement, gentleness, and spontaneity in contrast to other popular meanings, including deception, jealousy, greed, and cowardice. In Asia, yellow is the color of happiness, wisdom, and harmony and in Iran, disease, but also connection.

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The Curcio Checklist: Parking Lot Safety

When drivers are navigating through your parking lot, you want to make arriving at their destination and securing a parking spot the easiest part of their drive, especially if they’ve been sitting in rush hour traffic on the 405 freeway on a Thursday afternoon. At Curcio, we believe that safety is a key element in our business. We’ve created a checklist to guide you through ensuring your parking lot exudes the right amount of safety.

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Asphalt Slurry Seal

What is Asphalt Slurry Seal?

Slurry seals are basically a topcoat applied to existing asphalt surfaces and are made from a mixture of water, asphalt emulsion, aggregate composed of finely crushed rock, and additives.

The additives may differ depending on the desired mixing properties, but tend to include polymers, which are long molecules consisting of repeating chain structures. Depending on the structure, polymers can bestow materials with desirable qualities such as high permeability or flexibility and strength.

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What is the Urban Heat Island Effect?

When you think of sprawling urban areas, there are a few issues that may come to mind. You might go into an inner rage thinking of traffic congestion and gridlocked streets. Or lament the lack of parking and curse the meter maids.

 

What you might not think of, however, is the fact that cities are much warmer than their adjoining rural areas – sometimes as much as ten degrees hotter. How is this possible?

 

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ADA Accessible Design for parking lots and garages

The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 ensures equal opportunity for US citizens suffering from any form of disability by prohibiting discrimination and promoting accessibility. Nearly 57 million Americans live with a disability, over half of whom cannot get around without the assistance of a wheelchair, cane, crutches, or walker.

 

The ADA of 1990 and the 2010 updated version makes public and commercial businesses responsible for designing their property to accommodate the needs and limitations of people suffering with disabilities. Public facilities are different than government-entities and are defined as any business open to the general public, such as hotels, restaurants, theaters, convention centers, malls, museums, and banks.

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The weather’s damaging effects on asphalt

California may be known for its natural beauty and laidback atmosphere, but the state is no stranger to harsh weather. Historically, the Golden State is subjected to oscillating patterns of severe drought and heavy rainfall combined with temperature extremes. More than just an uncomfortable nuisance, such weather patterns strain vital infrastructure, promoting costly damage that, for an entire state, can reach billions of dollars.

From potholes to sinkholes, California weather can certainly cause headaches for businesses, government officials, and workers responsible for repairing roadways, parking lots, and other concrete structures. To mitigate the destruction wreaked by nature, an understanding of how cold, heat, wet, and dry conditions affect asphalt can be used to implement preventative measures.

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Fight roadway traffic congestion with parking

California cities ought to include parking maintenance and construction in their efforts to curtail traffic congestion. Improving flow by standing still may seem counterintuitive, but providing convenient parking options will get drivers off the road and prevent them from wandering in the pursuit of the ideal spot.

Cities don’t have to take up an already limited amount of space to create ideal parking areas. Read on to learn how your city can combat congestion through creative parking solutions.

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