The following instruction is to be used when inspecting the operation of a mobile mixer paving plant for bridge deck overlays, patching, and miscellaneous items less than 50 cubic yards. Mobile mixers also may be used for dowel bar retrofit projects.



Equipment shall meet the requirements of Article 2001.20, paragraph D.



Mobile mixers used for deck overlays as described in Article 2413. The following is a general policy regarding the calibration of units and other requirements for bridge deck overlays:


1.     The contractor will perform the calibration. The contractor shall notify the District Materials Engineer at least 24 hours in advance of calibration, so that witnessing can be provided at the option of the District Materials Engineer. It is recommended that the contractor initially calibrate the unit prior to notification.


2.     A unit will be completely calibrated upon its initial arrival in a District and prior to placement of any concrete.


3.     It is not required to calibrate a unit fully if it moves to subsequent projects within a District. This will depend upon the unit's performance. Partial calibrations may be performed, or the calibration waived, at the discretion of the District Materials Engineer.


4.     A unit will be recalibrated any time there is a change in source of any of the materials.


5.     A unit may be recalibrated any time, if, in the opinion of the District Materials Engineer or Engineer, a problem or question relative to the proportioning of materials exists.


6.     Copies of all calibrations shall be kept with the unit and be available for inspection at any time. These should be retained for a minimum of two (2) years.


7.     It is recommended that all units be transported empty from job site to job site. If not transported empty, the unit shall be completely emptied and calibrated prior to job production.


8.     The dilution of any admixture is to be witnessed and documented by the inspector. Documentation should include the date, dilution rate, admixture identification, etc.


9.     Tolerance in proportioning shall be in accordance with ASTM C685.



0 to +4%

        Fine Aggregate


        Coarse Aggregate







10.  Reporting Forms #E115, # E120, #821297, and #820020.



In accordance with Article 2001.20, paragraph D, mobile mixers may be used on miscellaneous concrete placements less than 50 cubic yards per day. The following is a list of allowable work types:

        Temporary Pavement


        Curb and Gutter

        Guard Rail Anchorages

        Sidewalks and Drives

        Utility Access

        Sign and Fence Posts


Calibration of equipment used for miscellaneous concrete placements shall include the requirements for deck overlays with the following additions:


1.     Partial cement calibrations will be performed once per month. The calibration may be waived at the discretion of the District Materials Engineer.


2.     The unit will be calibrated for C-4 mix design for all miscellaneous concrete placements. The unit will be calibrated for M-4 mix design for pavement patching.


3.     Unit shall be equipped with a batch ticket printer.


Storage & Handling of Materials



        Certified compliance

        Separation of materials

        Storage area floor shall be firm & clean or a minimum of 18 of similar material


Cementitious Material

        Approved certified sources

        No intermingling of products or sources

        Stored in suitable weather proof enclosures



        Sample when required



        Verify acceptance of lot

        Circulate 5 min. per 100 gal. of solution

        Proper storage to prevent freezing



Calibration of a concrete mobile mixer as required by specification is performed to accurately proportion, by volume, materials for an intended concrete mix design. Proportioning of the rock and sand is based on the cement meter count determined for each concrete mobile mixer. Once the counts (revolutions) per each 94 pound bag of cement has been determined then delivery gates will be calibrated to proportion the correct amount of rock and sand.


Calibration form #820020 (Appendix A) is a step-by-step process to determine the correct settings for each material delivered for a specific concrete mix design.











Appendix A contains a blank form #820020 and a working example.



For deck overlays, an O-4WR mix design in accordance with Materials IM 529 shall be used. Aggregate moisture content will be assumed at 0.5% for coarse aggregate and 3.0% for fine aggregate.


For miscellaneous concrete placements, a C-4 mix design in accordance with Materials IM 529 shall be used, except pavement patching where M-4 shall be used. If aggregates are stored inside, moisture content will be assumed at 0.5% for coarse aggregate and 3.0% for fine aggregate. If aggregates are stored outside, the District Materials Engineer may require periodic moisture testing.


For dowel bar retrofit, the mix design will be determined by the contractor to meet the specification requirements. Use aggregate moistures as described above.


Aggregate specific gravities are found in Table T203 which is revised annually, and care must be taken to use the current table.



Sampling and testing for deck overlays shall be in accordance with Materials IM 204. Miscellaneous concrete placements shall be in accordance with Materials IM 528 and IM 204 with the following additions:


1.     Air content shall be tested once per placement by the RCE. Slump shall be tested at least once per day.




1.     Mobile mixer batch tickets submitted to the Resident Construction Engineer (RCE) and District Materials Engineer (DME) weekly.

2.     Use forms #E115 for air and slump testing. Use form # E120 for documentation of mix data.



The CPI shall provide notice to the RCE and DME within seven days of the anticipated miscellaneous placements.



A list of the IMs and Specifications used in PCC Plant Inspection are located in IM 527.