Asphalt pavements are one of our greatest renewable resources! The U.S. recycles about 2 million tons of plastic each year while recycling and reusing over 60 million tons of asphalt.

In addition, plastic recycling alters the chemical structure, so many plastics become different types of products once recycled. Roads, on the other hand, are reusable and renewable infinitely. (1)

This particular project shown above was on Hartman Drive in Bartholomew County, Indiana. It consisted of an eight-inch (8″) full depth reclamation on one thousand, one hundred feet (1,100′) of existing recycled asphalt pavement (RAP) road and one hundred – 70 feet (70′) of existing asphalt road.

What is Asphalt?

Asphalt is the sustainable material for building pavements. Asphalt is smooth, so vehicles consume less fuel and produce lower emissions. Asphalt is quiet, so expensive noise walls don’t need to be constructed. Asphalt is safe, providing excellent gripping power Asphalt is durable, so that the road never needs to be removed and replaced. It is also the most recycled material in the U.S.

Asphalt is made from stones, sand, and gravel, held together by asphalt cement.(2)

A pugmill (shown above) is used in the asphalt mixing processes. This particular AMI operation was from Monroe, Michigan.
This particular Cold In-place Recycling (CIR)  project was from Dickinson, Michigan.

Cold In-place Recycling (CIR) is defined as a rehabilitation technique in which the existing pavement materials are reused in place. The materials are mixed in-place without the application of heat. The reclaimed asphalt pavement (RAP) material is obtained by milling, planing, or crushing the existing pavement.

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The core strength of Asphalt Materials is the formulation, manufacturing and research & development of asphalt binders and emulsions. Our asphalt companies supply high quality products and services. Since 1980, our in-house R&D laboratory, The Heritage Research Group has helped our industry, customers and partners address and tackle our industry’s biggest challenges. To learn more about The Heritage Research Group, visit their website.

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We are a proud member of The Heritage Group and bring nearly 65 years of experience in the asphalt industry to road construction projects. Our teams of professionals are dedicated to creating longer-lasting, safer roads with quality, reliable asphalt materials. J-Band® is a product of Asphalt Materials, Inc. and was created in the labs of Heritage Research Group.