More Articles for asphalt pavements

Why Functional Fibers in Pavement and Bridges are Important

Better Roads Staff - Aug 06, 2014

Why Functional Fibers in Pavement and Bridges are Important

Steel and synthetic engineered fibers are enhancing performance in asphalt pavements and concrete.  By Tom Kuennen, Contributing Editor New research is reaffirming the benefits of steel or synthetic engineered fibers in asphalt pavements and concrete, where they enhance performance, replace fine matter, ...

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The Magic of Rubberized Asphalt

Better Roads Staff - Mar 07, 2014

The Magic of Rubberized Asphalt

As prices for asphalt cement (AC) and polymer have shot up dramatically, agencies and contractors are looking for ways to hold the line on the cost of asphalt pavements.   By Daniel C. Brown   The number of transportation agencies that use recycled tire ...

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Smooth Going

Better Roads Staff - Oct 02, 2013

Smooth Going

How new technology is changing in the quest for smooth pavements Surveys consistently show that smoothness is the No. 1 criterion by which road users judge pavements. Other studies have found pavements that are built smooth stay smoother longer and provide ...

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Long Live Asphalt Pavements

Better Roads Staff - Oct 02, 2013

Long Live Asphalt Pavements

The perpetual pavement project on California’s I-5 has sparked a trend in the state for asphalt pavements designed to last 40 years with minimal maintenance. As traffic whizzed nearby on busy Interstate 5 in California, Shirley Choate and Chris Cummings watched an asphalt ...

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Special Transportation Research Board 2013 Report

Better Roads Staff - Apr 03, 2013

Special Transportation Research Board 2013 Report

‘Bio-Binder’ Green Modifiers Star at TRB   By Tom Kuennen, Contributing Editor   The emerging universe of biologically based modified asphalts got significant exposure at the 92nd annual meeting of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) in Washington, D.C. Better Roads was there. More than 11,700 ...

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Road Science

Better Roads Staff - Jul 03, 2012

Road Science

On the Face of It   Aggregate performance depends on its surface     The higher-performing bituminous and portland cement concrete mixes of today are becoming more complex, and to ensure performance, more scrutiny is being given to the chemistry and composition of the aggregates ...

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Highway Contractor

Better Roads Staff - Oct 04, 2011

Highway Contractor

Good Results in Bad Times Pavement preservation expert Larry Galehouse talks about tools and strategies that make sense for surviving the Great Recession By Kirk Landers "In times like these, the pavement manager’s most basic strategy is to keep sound pavements sound and ...

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Road Science Tutorial

Brooke Wisdom - May 09, 2011

Road Science Tutorial

Building Better Roads from the Ground Up A strong foundation is the key to a strong pavement structure By Tom Kuennen, Contributing Editor A pavement is only as strong as its foundation. Without an adequate base or foundation, a road simply cannot stand ...

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