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ASPHALT Florida Rides on Us!

The Best and Fastest Way to build a road in the short and long term: best value, least intrusive to your voters, and the lowest impact on local businesses. Black is the new Green: Asphalt is the most recycled product in America and has the lowest carbon footprint of any paving material. Creates Jobs: Asphalt puts constituents to […]

Pavement Selection Check-List

Asphalt Pavement Options! In making a decision concerning the type of pavement to use on a roadway, an agency is obligated to get the best value for the taxpayers. It is up to contractors to provide the pavement that gives the best possible performance at the lowest possible price. Thus, pavement type selection should be […]

Final Considerations for Pavement Selection

There are considerations beyond those discussed above that may be used in determining the type of pavement appropriate for a given situation. It is important to review these in order to develop a holistic justification for pavement type selection decisions. Sustainability It is becoming increasingly important to consider the environmental and economic impacts of pavement […]

Asphalt is America’s Most Recycled Material

According to the 1993 AASHTO Guide, the option of recycling the existing pavement or material from other sources may be a reason to select a particular type of pavement. Future recycling opportunities may also factor into the decision. ASPHALT IS AMERICA’S MOST RECYCLED MATERIAL Asphalt is unique in composite construction materials in that when it […]

Construction Considerations for Asphalt

The 1993 AASHTO Guide states that the option of staged construction may dictate the type of pavement chosen in a given situation. Other factors such as speed of construction, access to businesses, maintenance of traffic during construction, safety, ease of placement, accommodation of future widening, and timing of construction during the year are also important […]

Asphalt in Different Types of Weather

AASHTO discusses the effects of weather on both the subgrade and the wearing course of the pavement. In the new AASHTO M-E PDG, these are referred to as environmental considerations. Precipitation in the form of snow, ice, and rainfall affects the strength of soils on a seasonal basis. Likewise, moisture and temperature, in terms of […]

Asphalt Offers Flexibility in Construction, Maintenance, and Rehabilitation

One of asphalt’s primary advantages is that it allows for a number of construction scenarios. Staged construction allows a pavement structure to be built up over time, meaning that expenditures for a road take place gradually when total funding may not be available all in one year, or if it is anticipated that traffic will […]

Asphalt Pavements Can Handle Heavy Loads

Asphalt pavements have demonstrated outstanding performance across the spectrum of traffic loadings and conditions. Asphalt is by far the most popular pavement material for low- and medium-traffic roadways, and has proven itself over time under heavy truck traffic in urban and rural settings. Even under 4heavy, static, and channelized loadings such as those at port […]

Pavement Type Selection

In general, there are no greater investments made by a transportation agency than the construction or reconstruction of pavements. The financial and highway user impacts are great and far-reaching. Pavement type selection deserves analysis commensurate with such investment. Pavement selection involves many factors, as you will learn from this synthesis. One thought, however, must always […]

Asphalt Industry Terms & Definitions

Asphalt cement – a petroleum based commodity and the prime bonding agent in asphalt mixes. The “glue” that holds the mix together and comprises 5 to 6 percent of a typical asphalt mix by weight. Aggregate – Small crushed stone such as lime rock, granite or other rock used in asphalt pavement mixes. These come […]

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