KYTC Dixie Hwy US-31W

Overlay Project with Hall Paving


KYTC Project Dixie Hwy US-31W


Date:  March 2020

Contractor: Hall Paving

Client/Owner: KYTC

Location: Louisville, KY

Product: ACE XP™ 


Four Year Comparison showed 80% fewer cracks in the ACE XP™ fiber lanes.

In 2015, Hall Paving in Louisville, KY paved a couple-mile test section on heavily traveled Dixie Highway (US31). A one-mile section served as a control, and portions of the other were reinforced with ACE XP™. The ACE XP™ overlay section turned out so well, the University of Kentucky’s Transportation Center will reference it in an upcoming white paper.

“The first year out there was minimal cracking in both sections. They both looked the same. But from there on out, the cracking on the ACE XP™ reinforced section basically stopped. The difference is now astronomical. It proves how good this product is for overlays and for base,” states Jordan Sandquist, Quality Control Manager of Hall Paving.

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) has recently begun using ACE XP™ on select projects, and Hall Contracting has increased its ACE XP™ reinforced paving to above 30,000 tons per year on Louisville city streets, with a goal of using even more RAP (recycled asphalt pavement) on Louisville city streets with Surface Tech’s new REARM HR™ technology.

“We’ve worked with Phil Blankenship and BATT Labs to develop innovative paving solutions. He’s the godfather of Strata and developer of Surface-Tech’s new ARMI Interlayer, and Hall has provided more of this type of work in Kentucky than almost any other contractor. Phil always promotes a different perspective and brings new options our way.”

Cracking on the ACE XP reinforced section basically stopped.

“Several years ago, we set out to find innovative solutions that would help us compete better. We told ourselves, ‘Let’s be the most innovative and have the best asphalt.’ We now have videos on trucks to show the results we’re getting. Sometimes data is hard to quantify, but actually seeing first-hand results with ACE XP versus traditional, it’s hard to argue with that.”

For details on how you can test ACE XP on your next project, visit Pilot Program.-



As a leader with both creative and analytical skills, Jason oversees the planning, development, and execution of Surface Tech’s marketing and advertising strategies. He has been responsible of late for clarifying the company’s value proposition through a series of new branding executions resulting in a revamped website and other improvements in the company’s strategic marketing initiatives.

Jason brings more than 25 years of industrial design, branding, and manufacturing experience to his new role as CMO. His work has appeared in leading design publications, and he has received numerous international design awards. His portfolio includes more than 40 design and utility patents in the fields of consumer electronics, software, packaging, medical devices, and software. Speed to market, with a critical eye for detail and simplicity, is the driving force behind his multidisciplinary design process.

Jason holds a BS in Industrial Design from The Ohio State University. His previous work experience includes Nike, Proctor & Gamble, Skylab Architecture, and founder of New Studio. 

Stacie Steel

U.S. Northwest

Stacie Steel, PE, offers a depth of experience in asphalt and concrete pavements. She has provided infrastructure-related civil engineering and project management consulting services to both public and private sector clients for the past 20 years.

Stacie’s technical expertise centers around all things pavements: structural design, materials design and specifications, sustainability, life-cycle cost analyses, pavement management, preservation and rehabilitation, QA/QC, materials testing, and forensic evaluations.

Throughout her career, she has worked on paving projects for many national commercial retailers, municipalities, and airports. Stacie has proven leadership and organizational capabilities, as evidenced by earning the President’s Choice Award from the WTS Colorado Chapter early in her career. She currently serves on the WTS Puget Sound Chapter’s TransportationYOU Committee, and is dedicated to ensuring access to local outdoor recreation opportunities serving on the Board of Directors for the Lonesome Lake Preservation Group.