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Asphalt Education: The Incredible World of Asphalt Pavement

Friday, August 17th, 2012

The American dream would not be possible without asphalt. It is one of the building blocks of America. In fact, 94% of the more than 2 million miles of paved roads and highways in the United States are paved using asphalt.

Other Interesting Asphalt Facts and Statistics

  • There are about 4,000 asphalt plants nationwide.
  • There is at least one asphalt plant in each congressional district.
  • Asphalt plants produce 500-550 million tons of asphalt pavements annually.
  • Asphalt plants produce in excess of $30 billion in asphalt annually.
  • The asphalt industry employs more than 300,000 Americans.
  • Asphalt pavement is composed of about 95 percent stone, sand, and gravel by weight, and about 5 percent asphalt cement, a petroleum product.
  • Asphalt is America’s most recycled material.
  • Asphalt is the most sustainable and environmentally-friendly pavement.
  • Between 1960 and 1999, while production of asphalt pavement material increased by 250 percent, total emissions decreased by 97%.
  • Asphalt pavements require about 20 percent less energy to produce and construct than other pavements.

The Benefits of Asphalt Pavement

  • Asphalt perpetual pavement is built to be maintained, lasting virtually forever with routine maintenance, periodic milling and overlaying.
  • A smooth ride is not only beneficial for comfort reasons, but studies have shown that smooth pavement has a huge effect on fuel economy. And with today’s economy, fuel efficiency is a huge concern! Oh, and did we mention that smoother pavements also last longer? Studies show that improving pavement smoothness by 25 percent results in almost a 10 percent increase in pavement longevity.
  • Asphalt greatly reduces the amount of noise pollution produced by motorists.
  • Paving with asphalt greatly reduces construction times. And for anyone who has ever been stuck in traffic because of roadwork, this is a big deal!
  • With asphalt, maintenance is quick, easy, and cost effective.

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