Asphalt pavement is the most environmentally friendly, cost effective and conveniently used pavement in the United States, accounting for over 95% of the pavement installed every year. The reason is simple: asphalt pavement offers a smooth ride, safety and durability at a low cost.
As a 100% recyclable product, asphalt pavement is the most recycled construction product in the United States. Through the development of advanced systems Hot-Mix Asphalt pavement has evolved from its oil-on-gravel heritage into technically sophisticated engineering solutions suitable for the most demanding projects being constructed today and tomorrow.
*Sourced by GAPA (GA Asphalt Pavement Association)
Asphalt mixtures can be specifically engineered for particular applications – and not just for roads. Asphalt has been used to line reservoirs for drinking water, fish hatcheries, water pipes, and industrial retention ponds. It has also been used for horse tracks, bike and hiking and jogging trails. And as for roads – even those conditions can vary widely. Asphalt pavements are used on all types of roads from NASCAR race tracks to interstates to low volume county roads to parking lots. In fact, approximately 96% of the roads in the nation are paved with asphalt. And asphalt can be engineered for an optimal design – long-lasting, economical, sustainable, smooth, safe, and quiet. That is why asphalt is the pavement of choice – it’s a win-win!
Use the following links provided by the GA Asphalt Pavement Association to learn more about the engineering that goes into asphalt pavements – including perpetual pavements, layer coefficients, rubblization, and the Georgia Department of Transportation’s specifications for asphalt mixtures.