Advantages of Asphalt Paving

Asphalt Pavement is mostly a combination of aggregate (stone, sand or gravel) mixed together with a small amount of asphalt cement.

Over 90% of American roads are surfaced with asphalt, and it’s no surprise why. Asphalt pavements have several advantages:

  • Safe. Asphalt creates the smoothest surface for driving. Smooth roads allow superior contact with vehicle tires for a safer (and more enjoyable) ride. Open-graded asphalt, a special type of road surface, can minimize splash and spray during rainstorms and reduce crashes and fatalities on highways.

  • Cost-effective. Smooth roads aren’t just safer, they also save money. Reduced wear and

tear on vehicles due to fewer bumps in the road brings down vehicle operating costs. Also, increasing a roadway’s smoothness by 25 percent extends its lifespan—upwards of 10 percent—which saves taxpayers money. Asphalt roads can be built more quickly and cost-effectively than other pavements as well, and they can be designed as a Perpetual Pavement that needs only periodic maintenance to remain in good shape indefinitely.

  • Energy efficient. Smooth asphalt roads also reduce rolling resistance (the friction between tires and pavement), which means better fuel economy and reduced carbon dioxide emissions. Special warm mix asphalt pavements can be constructed at lower temperatures, further reducing the energy required to heat asphalt materials for road construction.

  • Traveler- and business-friendly. Asphalt roads can be paved just a lane at a time, minimizing disruption to citizens and reducing congestion through speedy construction processes, saving taxpayers thousands of dollars in user costs. Projects can often be completed in one short day, even overnight, leaving routes open for travelers and providing street access for stores and businesses.

  • Environmentally friendly. Asphalt is the most recycled product in America. The asphalt

industry reuses and recycles nearly 100 million tons of asphalt pavement a year, saving taxpayers an estimated $1.8 billion annually. Post-consumer waste such as used tires and shingles can also be reused in new asphalt pavement.

With more than 35 years of asphalt paving experience, from highways to parking lots and driveways, we are your local source for all of your asphalt paving needs.

For more information on Bradley's Paving or to request a free paving estimate for your next paving project contact one of our two offices. If you live or work in the DFW area, call us at 972-827-7463. For the Kansas City area, call us at 816-645-5515.

SOURCES:

"Benefits of Asphalt". National Asphalt Pavement Association Brochure. Published date unknown, accessed 6/15/2017

"Asphalt Pavement". Asphalt Pavement Alliance White Paper. Published date unknown, accessed 6/15/2017

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