Roads represent a $19 million-dollar public investment for Memphians, and for this reason, they are meant to last for a long time. That’s why it’s important that they are constructed using quality resources and equipment.
There are a variety of materials used in road construction, resulting in two primary surface types – asphalt and concrete. Interestingly enough, however, these two substances have many differences.
According to the National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA), asphalt provides the smoothest, safest ride, while also allowing the least amount of noise when traveling. It can be recycled in order to be used time and time again, making it the most sustainable paving option.
When thinking about asphalt and making the best choice for your next construction job, here are a few things to keep in mind.
There are various types of asphalt that can be mixed specifically to a construction site’s needs. These mixtures can be customized to reduce splash and spray when it rains on residential roads, and they even help ensure better performance for vehicles.
Reduce, reuse, recycle. Asphalt pavements are the most recycled product in the United States, which saves the average taxpayer more than $2.5 billion a year, according to NAPA. Many cities are utilizing asphalt for large construction projects for this very reason.
Studies show that the smoothness of a pavement actually helps vehicle fuel economy. According to the Asphalt Pavement Alliance, some states have different standards for asphalt and concrete, and in every state where this is the case, the requirements for asphalt roads are more stringent than for concrete roads. Additionally, asphalt roads tend to have lower initial and maintenance costs than other pavements.
Building high-quality roads that are cost-efficient and environmentally-friendly is very important to Lehman-Roberts Co. We guarantee top-grade products backed by nearly 80 years of experience as hot-mix asphalt producers.
We’re proud to see our great city undergoing much-needed road infrastructure projects led by the City of Memphis and the Tennessee Department of Transportation, such as MemFix 4 and the $71 M investment in Lamar Avenue, providing a safer and better commute for motorists and commuters who travel on our roads every day.