TXDOT Corpus District

Overlay Project on US-44 and Agnes


Overlay project on US-44 and Agnes


Date:  April 6, 2021

Contractor: Bay Ltd.

Client/Owner: TXDOT Corpus Christi

Location: Corpus Christi, TX

Product: ACE XP™ 


Surface Tech provided a cost-free trial of ACE XP™  to improve crack resistance on a roadway that sees high volume semi-truck traffic.

The savvy managers at TXDOT Corpus Christi took full advantage of Surface Tech’s ACE XP Pilot Program on a heavily traveled half-mile section of the city’s US-44 frontage road. The highway serves as a main artery to the area’s oil fields as well as the primary route between Corpus Christi and Laredo. An abundance of semi-trucks use the roadway to access the industrial complexes alongside, and along with heavy ESAL loads, all have created a multitude of cracking issues.

The agency and its contractor, Bay, Ltd., were interested in seeing how ACE XP would compare to the conventional mixes they have used over the past few years.

In a day-long production, the Bay team installed 800 tons of Type D mix with a 64-22 base and 16 percent recycled asphalt pavement (RAP) as an overlay. Surface Tech provided enough ACE XP™ to dose two sections of the roadway at both single and double doses. Surface Tech also provided its new MD Mini dosing equipment for the job.

“Bay was new to ACE XP, but they were eager to try it because they had used Forta-Fi before and wanted a comparison. As a cost-free trial it was an easy experience for them, and no issues were faced during the production,” said Dario Alvarez, Surface Tech.

800 tons of Type-D mix with 64-22 base and 16% RAP One-day of production Two sections of roadway

The ACE XP Pilot Program was developed for first-time users of the product. The program offers a reliable way to test Surface Tech’s ACE XP promise — to produce asphalt pavements that are stronger and last longer than any comparable product on the market.

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.