Types of Asphalt Pavement
In addition to being smooth, durable, safe, and quiet, asphalt is the most versatile pavement material. Pavement structures can be designed to handle any load, from passenger cars to heavy trucks. Surface mixes can be customized to absorb noise, to reduce splash and spray during rainstorms, and even to help treat rain water.
Busy commercial airports such as Baltimore-Washington International, Oakland International, San Francisco International, McCarren (Las Vegas), Pearson International (Toronto), and Logan International (Boston) have main runways surfaced with HMA. Asphalt is also used extensively on runways at general aviation airports. Asphalt's speed of construction makes it an ideal choice for rehabilitation of busy aviation facilities.
At racetracks, asphalt pavements provide smooth driving surfaces combined with the excellent traction demanded by professional stock car racing. Of the 33 NASCAR race tracks across the country, 31 have asphalt surfaces. Of the 88 race tracks listed for the NASCAR Short Track series, 66 are asphalt, 21 are dirt or clay, and 1 is concrete.
Whether on the road, in a parking lot, or at an airport, asphalt pavements add up to the best value for the taxpayer dollar, with the lowest life cycle cost and the highest residual value.
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