Potential Paving Technology Breakthrough in MI

by | Jan 9, 2018

It’s no big secret that our roads in Michigan can be a sad state of affairs. One of the things that just comes with living in a northern state is terrible road conditions created by our severe winters, but a team at Michigan Tech might be onto something that can help – scrap rubber.

Researchers at the university have been helping to study whether or not rubberized asphalt could be the solution for reducing damage caused by seasonal changes and weather patterns. At this time, there are other states that use this kind of asphalt, but officials in Lansing want to know more about how it will work here in our home state.

You might not be aware of this, but there are divisions within the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) dedicated to ensuring the safety and effectiveness of asphalt used in our roads, like the HMA (Hot Mix Asphalt) Operations Section, Laboratory Testing, and Mix Design divisions.

In addition to meeting MDOT standards, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality also has to ensure that rubberized asphalt meets our state’s current air quality emissions standards. In fact, it is this governmental agency that has awarded Michigan Tech several grants—including two totaling $1.2 million—to use in their research studies.

Some of the research entailed with this revolutionary product are projects to neutralize odors and determine the best recipe for low-emission rubberized asphalt. Additionally, work is being done to test a new, cooler way to produce rubberized asphalt.

Asphalt pavingTraditionally, asphalt is made via a hot-mix process. This tends to use a lot of energy and release fumes during the process. By utilizing a foaming procedure at a lower temperature, they will likely be able to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. As an added benefit, this procedure requires less energy.

As we’ve previously mentioned in a different post, asphalt is already the #1 recycled product here in the U.S. Rubberized asphalt can further improve on this environmentally-friendly product. Two miles of road uses 4,000 tires – which would otherwise potentially end up in landfills.

Environmental benefits are nice, but how about ones for those of us who drive on roads paved with this particular product? Well, rubberized asphalt reduces noise and resists cracks – and who wouldn’t love a quieter, smoother ride in the morning?

The longer lifespan of surfaces paved with rubberized asphalt is another added benefit. Road construction provides jobs, but it does so while being a major inconvenience for everyone else who is on the way to their own jobs.

This particular technology mainly applies to road pavement at this time.

Now, if you want the most advanced paving technology currently available for your home’s driveway or business’ parking lot, then you simply need to contact our team at Stripe A Lot. When you do, you will receive a completely free estimate, without anyone selling you on services you simply do not need!

Contact us today to learn about what we can do for you this spring or summer to have your property looking its very best. Call 1-800-BLACKTOP (or 616-772-2559)!

Asphalt that looks great and lasts longer.

Faded and cracked asphalt creates a bad impression. And knowing the best way to fix it can be confusing.

Stripe A Lot knows how to get your asphalt to look great and last longer.

Asphalt that looks great and lasts longer.

Faded and cracked asphalt creates a bad impression. And knowing the best way to fix it can be confusing. Stripe A Lot knows how to get your asphalt to look great and last longer.

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Faded and cracked asphalt creates a bad impression. And knowing the best way to fix it can be confusing. Stripe A Lot knows how to get your asphalt to look great and last longer.

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