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January 10, 2020
Driving your car down a freshly paved road is like driving on a cloud and a rare treat. No one likes to drive on a bumpy road full of cracks and potholes. It’s bad for the car and the driver’s patience. Plus, it turns out that smooth roads are good for the environment. According to a recent study by a team at Rutgers University, the benefit of smoother roads and keeping them in good shape is lower greenhouse gases. Keeping road pavement in good condition saves money and energy—the dream is that every road is smooth as glass and free from holes.
Buses, cars, and trucks are the biggest source of greenhouse gases, specifically carbon dioxide. They travel up and down America’s roads nonstop and release gases into the air. As such, the researchers at Rutgers University used a database by the Federal Highway Administration of the U.S. Department of Transportation. The data tracked long-term pavement performance, and they used it to measure the impact of road repairs on the environment. They especially focused on asphalt pavement and its link to carbon dioxide emissions linked to global warming.
What they found is that extending the life of roads through preventative maintenance can lower the levels of greenhouse gases by up to two percent. Further, transportation groups and trucking companies can reduce their costs by 10 to 30 percent. Drivers can see the benefits in lower maintenance costs, longer tire life, less strain on suspension, and less overall vehicle repairs—all due to smoother roads.
The team also looked at the carbon footprint of common repair methods for asphalt roads. They examined adding thin overlays to roads, putting in emulsion and aggregate, spreading slurry over the pavement, and filling cracks with seal. Of all the repair methods, adding the thin overlay had the least impact on the environment. This process led to the largest reduction in carbon dioxide emissions—around two percent.
The results of the study show a significant reduction in greenhouse gases when roads are smooth and free of bumps and holes. The amount of carbon dioxide created by automobiles traveling on a bumpy road is greater than the amount of carbon dioxide created by the machines needed to repair the roads. Keeping roads in good condition is good for cars traveling on them and the world at large.
We are always happy to field any questions you have regarding the asphalt crack filler machines we have for sale, as well as any other seal coating equipment. Contact us today so we can help you find what you need.
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December 23, 2019
Disposing of waste plastics has become a major problem for the world, as it continues to pile up in landfills and pollute our oceans. However, a breakthrough discovery has offered a way to recycle this material.
December 09, 2019
Is it possible to use asphalt in the winter? The short answer is yes, but there’s a catch. Cold patch asphalt is usable in the winter to fill some pot holes in an emergency. If paving with hot asphalt is the goal, however, it’s better to wait for the spring and summer months. For it to perform at its best, asphalt needs to remain at a consistently high temperature. That’s increasingly more difficult to do on frozen ground with below freezing temperatures.
November 25, 2019
Having to repave or resurface an asphalt driveway or parking lot is an expense that most people don’t save for. Doing either one of those is a sizable expense that you can avoid if you follow some basic asphalt maintenance tips. Stay ahead of damage and wear by setting up a maintenance schedule so your pavement lasts longer. Doing a few small things regularly will squeeze many extra years out of your driveway—and save you money. If you don’t have the proper asphalt repair products needed to do this work, there are professionals available to do the work for you. For larger jobs, that might be the best course of action.