Asphalt Milling and New Construction

What is Asphalt Milling?

Asphalt milling is the process of removing and recycling a pavement’s surface. Asphalt is typically either milled full depth for a new construction project or just  1 1/2″ for resurfacing. Asphalt resurfacing is an economical solution to extend the life cycle of pavement. Only the top layer of the asphalt is removed without disturbing the sub-base. 


  • Cost. Milling is one of the more cost-effective ways of paving reconstruction.
  • Ecofriendly. The milled asphalt is recycled to make new asphalt.
  • Speed. Aside from resurfacing your asphalt surface, milling is the most efficient solution to asphalt reconstruction.

Site Preparation for New Asphalt Pavement

The overall strength and performance of asphalt pavement are dependent not only upon the asphalt mix’s structural design but also on the load-bearing capacity of the sub-base constructed.

A well-constructed sub-base provides a stable surface to support the asphalt layers and the weight of expected traffic. It also helps prevent damage to the asphalt surface during winter freeze-thaw cycles.

What to Expect from Superior Asphalt, Inc. Site Preparation Crews

Demolition and Removal

Superior’s Site Preparation crew will use heavy equipment to remove all existing pavement and remove it from the job site. We recycle 100% of all clean tear-out material and reuse it in our asphalt mix designs, proudly keeping them out of Michigan’s dumps and waterways.

Grading and Sloping

The sub-base must be properly sloped and graded to ensure no standing water on the asphalt surface. Proper drainage and water flow are key to expanding the life of an asphalt pavement. Standing water is the cause of most structural failures such as potholes, cracks, and heaving.

Preparation of Sub Base

Once grading and sloping are complete, our prep-crew use heavy rollers to compact the sub-base. Proper compaction will ensure the durability of your installed asphalt pavement. If soft spots of clay or sand are discovered they will be properly undercut and replaced with a stronger aggregate before compaction is complete. Once the sub-base is completed to our satisfaction, Superior's prep crew will clean the worksite thoroughly for our paving crews to take over and lay the asphalt surface.

Professionalism and Communication

Talk to a Milling Expert

Our experienced asphalt specialists will manage your project and provide you or your business with a surface you can be proud of. For more information on our milling and site preparation services throughout West Michigan, contact us today or call us directly.