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Asphalt pavement mixes are greener, more sustainable than ever

Brian Ethridge - Oct 22, 2014

Asphalt pavement mixes are greener, more sustainable than ever

Asphalt pavement mixes are more sustainable than ever thanks to the increased use of recycled materials and energy-saving warm-mix technologies. According to a survey of asphalt mix producers conducted by the National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) in partnership with the Federal ...

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Construction error and weather causes new pavement to crumble within hours

Brian Ethridge - Sep 19, 2014

Construction error and weather causes new pavement to crumble within hours

Emergency highway repairs were needed on Interstate 65, near Corridor X, in Alabama following a construction error. Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) officials say the wrong pavement mix, and weather, caused fresh asphalt to start crumbling and breaking apart just ...

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A road without fibers is a road soon to be in need of repair

Tom Kuennen - Aug 29, 2014

A road without fibers is a road soon to be in need of repair

New research is reaffirming the benefits of steel or synthetic engineered fibers in asphalt pavements and concrete, where they enhance performance, replace fine matter, and in the case of concrete, control shrinkage cracking and keep deicing salts away from reinforcing ...

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Construction worker killed while laying asphalt

Brian Ethridge - Aug 19, 2014

Construction worker killed while laying asphalt

John Garner, 52, was killed while construction crews were laying asphalt in Batesville, Arkansas. Authorities say Garner was helping with the construction when a piece of equipment flipped and rolled on top of him. The accident took place at the intersection of ...

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Vulcan launches product calculator app

Brian Ethridge - Aug 19, 2014

Vulcan launches product calculator app

Vulcan Materials has launched its product calculator app for Android phone, tablet and other Android devices. The app can be a useful tool to estimate the construction materials needed for various road projects. The Vulcan Materials product calculator is free and can ...

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Here’s Mud in your mouth: How a snack company developed a road-themed lineup

Marcia Gruver Doyle - Aug 05, 2014

Here’s Mud in your mouth: How a snack company developed a road-themed lineup

Blame it on Grandma. “My grandmother had a snack mix she called Gravel,” relates Daren Rexroad (but please call him “Rex”), “made of peanuts, pretzels, cereal and white chocolate.”  Using her recipe, Rex started experimenting, substituting dark chocolate there, milk chocolate ...

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Prices of construction materials on the rise

Brian Ethridge - Jul 29, 2014

Prices of construction materials on the rise

Overall prices of construction materials are on the rise according to a report released by the U.S. Department of Labor. Prices increased by 0.1 percent in June and are up 1.9 percent from one year ago. “Prices for inputs to construction ...

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Yellowstone heat melts roadway

Amanda Bayhi - Jul 10, 2014

Yellowstone heat melts roadway

A 3.3-mile loop drive in Yellowstone National Park is temporarily closed after the park’s thermal geology began melting the asphalt, the National Park Service (NPS) announced Thursday. The affected roadway, Firehole Lake Drive, takes visitors past Great Fountain Geyser, White Dome ...

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VIDEO: How Arizona DOT turns old tires into asphalt

Amanda Bayhi - Apr 25, 2014

VIDEO: How Arizona DOT turns old tires into asphalt

The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) has been using rubberized asphalt on state highways for more than a quarter of a century. Related: Burn, Baby, Burn: Tire Inferno The asphalt, made from the rubber from recycled tires, offers a smoother ride for motorists, ...

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Nominate an asphalt project for NAPA’s awards program

Amanda Bayhi - Apr 02, 2014

Nominate an asphalt project for NAPA’s awards program

The National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) has begun accepting nominations for its Quality in Construction and Operational Excellence Awards. To make a nomination, go to asphaltpavement.org/awards. The deadline to nominate a project for the Quality in Construction Awards is Oct. 7, ...

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NAPA President Mike Acott inducted into Asphalt Pavement Hall of Fame

Amanda Bayhi - Feb 05, 2014

NAPA President Mike Acott inducted into Asphalt Pavement Hall of Fame

On Wednesday, National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) President Mike Acott took his place in the Asphalt Pavement Hall of Fame. The Asphalt Pavement Hall of Fame honors individuals who have made significant and lasting contributions of regional and/or national importance to ...

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NAPA/FHWA survey finds increased use of warm-mix asphalt, recycled asphalt

Amanda Bayhi - Jan 31, 2014

NAPA/FHWA survey finds increased use of warm-mix asphalt, recycled asphalt

The use of warm-mix asphalt (WMA), recycled asphalt pavement (RAP) and recycled asphalt shingles (RAS) is on the rise, according to the results of a survey released Thursday by the National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA). The survey, conducted by NAPA under ...

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