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Value 04.28.19

Just Released! Asphalt Pavement Principles - Smoothness Video

Properly designed and constructed asphalt roads have an important quality that travelers appreciate… a smooth and quiet ride! Smoother roads also mean lower fuel costs, less vehicle wear and tear, and lower emissions. Watch this informative video that talks about several keys to achieving smoother asphalt pavements as well as how smoothness specifications are shaping the industry today.

Innovation 11.25.19

WSDOT Earns Third Consecutive Perpetual Pavement Award for US 195

At the 65th Annual Quality Paving Awards Banquet, the Washington Asphalt Pavement Association (WAPA) and Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) Secretary of Transportation, Roger Millar presented WSDOT's Eastern Region with six asphalt pavement quality awards, including Washington state's third consecutive Perpetual Pavement Award, which celebrates long-life asphalt pavements that reflect the characteristics of a Perpetual Pavement design. 

Publications

Smoothness Matters

Experts say that vehicles consume less fuel when traveling on smoother pavements. This makes sense intuitively. And, lower consumption of fuel conserves natural resources for a healthier environment.

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Papers

Construction, Noise, Pavement Technologies, Safety, Smoothness, Sustainability NAPA, James R. Eason, P.E., C.S.I., James F. Shook, P.E.

Design of Hot Mix Asphalt Pavements

This manual is published by the National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) as an aid to designers. All reasonable care has been exercised in its preparation; however, NAPA makes no claim as to its accuracy. It remains the responsibility of professional designers to correctly interpret and verify the information presented.

Infographics

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Pavement-Vehicle Interaction - DOT Factsheet

NCAT examined the wide range of scientific research and literature regarding pavement-vehicle interaction and found that current research shows that of the 3 factors that affect drivability — roughness, texture, and deflection.

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Pavement-Vehicle Interaction - Industry Factsheet

NCAT examined the wide range of scientific research and literature regarding pavement-vehicle interaction and found that current research shows that of the 3 factors that affect drivability — roughness, texture, and deflection.

Smoothness, Sustainability NAPA

Pavement-Vehicle Interaction - Lawmaker Factsheet

NCAT examined the wide range of scientific research and literature regarding pavement-vehicle interaction and found that current research shows that of the 3 factors that affect drivability — roughness, texture, and deflection.

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Top Traits U.S. Drivers Want From Roads

Ahead of the summer driving season, a new survey from the Asphalt Pavement Alliance (APA) finds U.S. drivers increasingly frustrated with the state of U.S. roads. The national survey found that drivers prefer well-maintained, safe, and smooth roadways; moreover they understand these qualities require periodic maintenance and financial investments

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Asphalt Parking Lot Flyer

Whether at a business, a shopping center, a school, house of worship, recreation area,or apartment building, a parking lot is one of the first things a person sees when arriving at their destination. First impressions matter, and a poorly constructed or maintained lot can reflect negatively on an establishment.

Videos

Smoothness Michigan Department of Transportation

Fixing Potholes: Importance of Maintenance

This video examines why time constraints mean most potholes are patched the way they are, and why a more long-lasting fix would require far greater investment in Michigan's roads than is made now.

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Dream Builders

Roads are about more than getting from place to place. They help us realize dreams of far off places, opportunities, and adventure. The engineers and crews that design and build roads are dream builders, helping us all go farther. This celebrates you, the dream builders.

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Drivability Is What Matters

When it comes down to it, drivability is what makes the road the one you want to take. Asphalt pavements are the best solution when you want high performance. They are smooth, quiet, and safe. They can reduce noise at the point where the tire meets the road, and they are quick and easy to construct and maintain over time. That's drivability.

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Road Age

All roads require periodic maintenance to ensure a high level of performance and drivability. With asphalt, keeping things smooth, safe, and quiet is quick, easy, and cost effective. Asphalt. It's the answer to road age.

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While You Were ...

While you sleep, asphalt paving crews are hard at work to make your roads better. Asphalt pavements are quick to construct and easy and cost-effective to maintain. With construction in off-peak hours, roads can be kept safe and smooth with a minimum of disruption for the travelling public.

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Value

Asphalt roads offer superior value.  First, asphalt’s life-cycle costs are low, in part because the structure of asphalt pavement doesn’t have to be replaced. Well-maintained asphalt roads can last…