Why Asphalt?

The answers to the question “Why Asphalt” are numerous and varied.  For those of you that would like to explore the top reasons for why asphalt pavements constitute the vast majority of paved roads in America, we’re created this short summary document:


Pavement Facts

There are over 4.05 million public centerline road miles (8.52 million lane miles) in the U.S. and of this, 2.50 million miles (or 63 percent) are paved with asphalt (FHWA 2009).  About 70 percent of Washington State roads are paved with asphalt. Nearly 94% of the...

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Life Cycle Cost

Today’s current national and local economic conditions – combining reduced funding with high infrastructure needs – have elevated the importance of prudent spending. Decision makers exercising good stewardship practices can easily justify their decisions and choices...

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Perpetual Pavement

The Perpetual Pavement concept was first articulated in 2000 and the concept has rapidly gained acceptance. The APA’s newest technical document on the subject is Perpetual Asphalt Pavements: A Synthesis. This comprehensive publication captures the activities that have...

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Sustainable Pavement

Asphalt is the sustainable material for constructing pavements. From the production of the paving material, to the placement of the pavement on the road, to rehabilitation, through recycling, asphalt pavements minimize impact on the environment. Low consumption of...

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Livable Communities

There is no doubt that societal trends and economic realities will shape the pavement market going forward. Those driving factors include public funding issues, an emphasis on sustainable growth and livability, environmental stewardship, employment trends and future...

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