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What happens with “old asphalt”?

When asphalt is removed from a road or parking lot, it is not automatically sent to the landfill. In most cases, in fact, it will be reused in other projects. While reclaimed material was previously buried in the local dump or used to build temporary roads inside the landfill, it is now incorporated into embankments and other support structures near major interstate highways. It can even be added to next-generation asphalt mixtures for added durability and extended longevity. Embankment projects, in fact, can make use of old asphalt when no other markets are obviously available.

The Structural Peculiarities of Asphalt

Asphalt has a number of properties that make it useful in secondary markets. Its permeability and moisture content, for example, allow it to be used in highway embankments. Because it is also resistant to frost, it is enormously versatile. Studies have shown that the overall durability of reclaimed asphalt is quite high. It also has a very high bearing strength, which means it can be placed near the bottom of the embankment. In fact, it is capable of holding up large amounts of crushed stone and soil.


One of the best things about old asphalt is that it can be stored for long periods of time. As long as it is carefully maneuvered into place at the warehouse, it will remain free of segregation. When the target project has reached its culmination state, the asphalt can be transported there and placed in the proper area without any structural problems.

About LDC Paving

LDC Paving is an eminently skilled paving contractor based in the Houston area. The company is dedicated to providing quality labor and can help with paving projects at schools, hotels, shopping centers and subdivisions. Interested parties can fill out the free online quote form or contact us by phone for more information.

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