The Guinness Book of World Records should know about this. The largest gathering ever of "sidewalk superintendents" occurred recently in Nashville, Tenn., just outside the Nashville Convention Center, where visitors to the World of Asphalt Show observed first hand the capabilities of the asphalt-paving industry.
Working under the auspices of the World of Asphalt show management, paving-equipment manufacturers cooperated with local contractors to refurbish a 400-foot-long, two-lane section of Nashville's Commerce Street.
Starting at 10 a.m. Wednesday (March 19th), crews began the project by milling away several inches of old pavement. After sweeping and tack coating the roadway, an expert paving crew moved in to place the hotmix. By mid-afternoon, the street was striped and ready for traffic.
During each phase of the project, industry experts explained the techniques being employed, making the sidewalks along Commerce Street an open-air classroom for hundreds of show-goers.
If you missed this event, there's always next year's World of Asphalt Show, planned for March 17–19, 2004.