The Environmental Benefits of Asphalt


environmental benefits of asphalt

There are many environmental benefits to using asphalt for road construction!

From production to placement to recycling, asphalt has many environmental benefits. Asphalt can be created with relatively low energy consumption, it can be made with environmentally-friendly products, and it can be recycled. There are many reasons that asphalt is the go-to choice for road construction.

Less Energy to Produce

Asphalt uses approximately 20% less energy to produce than other types of road surface materials. Plus, old asphalt is often recycled to produce aggregate for new asphalt, which saves in the waste of old materials and the production of new materials.

Speeds Up Travel

Unlike other types of road surface materials, asphalt can set quickly and be ready to sustain traffic in only a few hours. Other types of surfaces may take days or weeks to cure. This means that traffic isn’t held up for too long when new roads are being built. Plus, the smooth surface of asphalt helps to speed up travel, in turn reducing fuel consumption.

Doesn’t Leach

After an asphalt road is constructed, it continues to protect the environment by being an impermeable surface. This means that petroleum from asphalt does not leach into the environment.

Other Uses

Did you know that asphalt is not always used for roads? Because asphalt is so impermeable, it is often used in drinking water reservoirs, as caps and liners for landfills, and as lining for fish rearing ponds in Oregon and Washington. The impermeable quality of asphalt means that it won’t leak.


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