A brief article on the benefits of RAP, and the strategies contractors are using to insure the integrity of the newly constructed recycled asphalt pavements.
“RAP is a useful alternative to virgin materials because it reduces the use of virgin aggregate and the amount of virgin asphalt binder required in the production of Hot Mix Asphalt. The use of RAP also conserves energy, lowers transportation costs required to obtain quality virgin aggregate, and preserves natural resources. Additionally, using RAP decreases the amount of construction debris placed into landfills and does not deplete nonrenewable natural resources such as virgin aggregate and asphalt binder. Ultimately, recycling asphalt creates a cycle that optimizes the use of natural resources and sustains the asphalt pavement industry.”