Pottawattamie County, Iowa


A long winter and epic spring floods in early 2019 caused significant damage and the closure of over 120 miles of Pottawattamie County’s seal coated secondary road system. Now incapable of bearing customary traffic, Pottawattamie needed a solution quickly—and affordably—to address these roads far ahead of their scheduled maintenance intervals.


Pottawattamie County needed a cost-effective and proven solution to address unexpected damage sustained on G30. This portion of G30 in particular would carry more than 30,000 cyclists through Pottawattamie County in August as they race across Iowa for the annual RAGBRAI event.


Heater scarification rejuvenates old, worn out and cracked asphalt, putting the “ride back in the road.” Hot In-Place Recycling (HIR) resulted in improved rideability and provided a solution for the damage sustained during flooding. Gallagher Asphalt is a proven contractor with more than 90 years experience and a process that does not close roads. Simply delaying traffic rather than closing a road ensures timely completion with minimal inconvenience the motoring public.