One of America’s building blocks, asphalt pavement makes up more than 94 percent of the country’s paved roads and highways.
Asphalt is America’s most recycled material. Reclaimed asphalt is not just reusable as a "black rock," but the asphalt cement in the reclaimed pavement is also reactivated to become an integral part of the new pavement. The recycled asphalt cement replaces part of the new asphalt cement required for the pavement, reducing construction costs.
Recycling is just one reason that asphalt is the most sustainable pavement. Asphalt pavements that are designed and constructed as “perpetual pavements” never need replacing as they are permanent structures. The only necessary maintenance is infrequent replacement of the surface, where the removed material is recycled.
The industry supports employment for more than 300,000 Americans. Asphalt is a precisely engineered product composed of about 95 percent stone, sand and gravel by weight, and about 5 percent asphalt cement, a petroleum product. Asphalt cement acts as the glue to hold the pavement together.
This "uncommon" common material gets us from our homes to our workplaces and schools. It allows us access to medical care and emergency assistance. It transports us to places of worship, recreation and shopping. With modern "just-in-time" inventory systems, the highway is the warehouse, and manufacturers and retailers rely on trucks to get goods to them on schedule. Asphalt makes it all possible.
The future of foundation is asphalt, and Plattsburgh Paving’s cutting edge industry practices bring out the best of this sustainable material.
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