11 Interesting Asphalt Facts You Might Not Have Known

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Did you know that asphalt represents more than 90% of all roads and parking areas in the U.S.?

Road construction is often seen as more of a nuisance than a necessity, and most commuters take for granted just how valuable asphalt is to our roadways, economy and environment. Asphalt is perhaps one of the most crucial materials available in the country, representing more than 93% of paved highways and roads. Asphalt is also highly recyclable and has little to no negative effect on air quality. While five-year old you might have just said, “that black stuff we drive on,” there’s so much more to it than that. Here are a few interesting asphalt facts you might not have known about.28,000 jobs are supported for every $1 billion of federal spending invested in highway construction nationwide.

Asphalt is the material of choice for most commercial and residential development owners, representing 90 percent or more of all parking area surfaces in the U.S.

Porous asphalt pavements can be used to manage stormwater runoff much more cost effectively than traditional stormwater infrastructure.

Each year, 80 percent of removed asphalt pavement is re-used.

American taxpayers save $300 million each year by recycling asphalt roads.

The first recorded use of asphalt in road building occurred around 625 B.C. in Babylon. Although the first asphalt road is believed to have been built in 1824 in Paris, France.

Asphalt was an important item of trade during ancient Egyptian times, as it was widely used in the mummification process.

The Federal Highway Administration conducted a study that showed smoother pavements reduce fuel consumption by up to 4.5 percent in trucks.

Research also shows that smooth asphalt reduces highway noise by 3 to 5 decibels or more.

The name asphalt comes from the black, sticky, viscous liquid known as bitumen that forms the primary binding agent in the mixture. Liquid asphalt actually only makes up 5% of the asphalt pavement material. The rest is aggregate.

Call Tri-state Paving for Your Professional Asphalt Needs

Interested in asphalt paving for your next project? Call Tri-state Paving. We’re a seasoned hardscaping company based in Maryland and have the experience and knowledge help with all of your asphalt maintenance and pothole repair needs. You can reach us at any of our area numbers for more information and advice.

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