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Reusing Shingles for the Road

Amanda Bayhi - Nov 18, 2013

Reusing Shingles for the Road

Recycling shingles for use on roads is nothing new. They can prevent potholes and slow binder aging. And though recycled shingles take a little getting used to, they are becoming increasingly popular. Now one Wisconsin county is adding shingles to its ...

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Texas, You’re Going the Wrong Way!

Lauren Heartsill Dowdle - Aug 23, 2013

Texas, You’re Going the Wrong Way!

Normally, when a gravel road starts seeing a lot of traffic, it earns enough street cred to be upgraded to asphalt. But Texas has this process a little backward. Instead of repairing an asphalt road in parts of South and West ...

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INFOGRAPHIC: Recycling shingles for asphalt

Amanda Bayhi - Aug 08, 2013

INFOGRAPHIC: Recycling shingles for asphalt

Recycled asphalt shingles (RAS) have been featured in Better Roads before. We’ve discussed how they can prevent potholes, their significance in binder aging, their growing popularity. Now, Hometown Dumpster Rental is featuring an infographic about RAS on its Trash Talk blog. According to ...

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Asphalt calculator apps help get the paving job done

Amanda Bayhi - Aug 05, 2013

Asphalt calculator apps help get the paving job done

With road building season still going strong, three apps could make paving jobs easier for highway crews and other paving professionals. These three asphalt calculator apps for smartphones simplify the paving process by calculating how much asphalt is needed to pave ...

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Contributed Story: Robust Roads

Contributed - May 20, 2013

Contributed Story: Robust Roads

Expanded clay lightweight aggregate used in chip seal surface treatments provided cost savings and a high friction score for Louisiana Highway 3147. Daily rains, high tides and south winds of hurricane caliber had taken their toll on Louisiana Highway 3147, a ...

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California researchers promote new pavements to cool cities

Amanda Bayhi - Apr 04, 2013

California researchers promote new pavements to cool cities

In an effort to combat the sunlight absorption and heat radiation resulting from the typical black asphalt pavement, researchers at the University of California’s Lawrence Berkeley Lab are showcasing some cooler alternatives, according to Fast Company. The Heat Island Group, part ...

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The Ghosts of Ingersoll Rand: Volvo road equipment moves forward at World of Asphalt

John Latta - Mar 20, 2013

The Ghosts of Ingersoll Rand: Volvo road equipment moves forward at World of Asphalt

If any industry sews nostalgia into every stitch of its fabric, it's ours. Equipment from days gone by is still part of the landscape and so are the names that were branded on it. Whether it is because previous generations of ...

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Volvo introduces DD110B asphalt compactor at World of Asphalt 2013

Amanda Bayhi - Mar 20, 2013

Volvo introduces DD110B asphalt compactor at World of Asphalt 2013

Volvo introduced its DD110B asphalt compactor at World of Asphalt today. The DD110B will start shipping in 45 days. The DD110B compactor, which is replacing DD90, features larger drums, more amplitude, higher frequency, increased centrifugal force and more water storage (made possible ...

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Mafia involved in potential asphalt shortage in Montreal

Amanda Bayhi - Mar 19, 2013

Mafia involved in potential asphalt shortage in Montreal

Our sister publication, Equipment World, shared an interesting story about a possible asphalt shortage in Montreal, Canada. The city, which has numerous potholes, will have to sign a $5.2 million contract to avoid running out of asphalt, but city officials worry ...

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Guest blog: Asphalt is an economically and environmentally sustainable solution

Staff Report - Mar 15, 2013

Guest blog: Asphalt is an economically and environmentally sustainable solution

by John Keating At NAPA’s recent Annual Meeting, keynote speaker Jim Collins emphasized that we all need to face “the brutal facts” as we make decisions about our businesses. He spoke of explorers in Antarctica whose choices make the difference between ...

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Kirk Landers, Editor Emeritus

Better Roads Staff - Nov 11, 2011

Kirk Landers, Editor Emeritus

Redeemed by Green Roads Back in the mid-’70s, my personal profile was a cursed brew of idealism, pragmatism and acts of sheer self-indulgence. My burden was especially heavy in matters of environment and ecology. I could see the need for clean air, ...

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ACPA Section

Better Roads Staff - Oct 03, 2011

ACPA Section

What About Overlays? Agencies looking for dollar value balanced with road quality are looking at concrete overlays By Daniel C. Brown More than ever before, state departments of transportation (DOTs) and other roadbuilding agencies are choosing concrete overlays as a way to rehabilitate ...

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