After an article a few weeks ago on The Basics of Asphalt, we thought we would start a series for you to learn a little bit more about different aspects of asphalt. Today we’ll be going over some engineering facts regarding perpetual pavements.
What Is Perpetual Pavement?
- Perpetual Pavement is an asphalt pavement design specifically created to last indefinitely without any structural reconstruction.
- They are built-in layers and only the top layer needs regular maintenance.
- Only asphalt can be used to accomplish Perpetual Pavement. No other substitute material can last indefinitely.
- The materials used in this design type are renewable resources, meaning they are endlessly reclaimable, recyclable, reusable, and renewable.
- Perpetual asphalt pavements can be built thinner than traditional pavements and still achieve the amazing results of lasting indefinitely and only necessitating routine maintenance on the top layer.
- The design allows for a lower environmental impact as the number of natural resources needed over the pavements life is dramatically reduced.
- Perpetual asphalt pavements have been in the United States for decades, even before engineers specifically articulated the concept.
- Perpetual engineers have been producing long-lasting asphalt pavements since the 1960s.
- This asphalt pavement design is also very cost-effective and beneficial over the lifetime of the pavement:
We hope you learned something new and interesting about Perpetual Pavement and asphalt today. We’re here for any of your asphalt questions or needs.
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