Roads play an integral role in our nation's infrastructure. Without these roads it would be difficult to transport people and goods from one place to another, and pavement helps to make these roads safe for travel. If you have a section of road on your property that needs to be repaved, there are some important considerations to keep in mind.
Here are 3 things to look at when you invest in paving services in the future.
1. Traffic Loads
One of the primary purposes of pavement products is to distribute the weight of a load evenly across the surface. In order to ensure that you are selecting an asphalt product with the strength to meet your traffic demands, you should determine the equivalent standard axle loading value. This value standardizes the load weight of vehicles that will utilize your roadway and allows you to ensure your asphalt design is strong enough to meet their demands.
2. Traffic Distribution
While it is important to calculate the weight of the loads that will be transported along your roadway, it is equally important to consider the traffic pattern the vehicles hauling these loads will create when it comes to designing a good asphalt system.
It is likely that certain areas of your roadway will see heavier traffic than others. By studying the traffic distribution carefully you will be able to determine which paving product is best suited to withstand the demands of unequal traffic.
Once your roadway has been constructed you will want to ensure that you are able to maintain the integrity of the road. This requires the use of a paving product that can easily be repaired or replaced. Asphalt can be a great choice due to its availability.
For example, in the United States over 90% of the nation's 2.5 million miles of road are paved using asphalt. This means that replacement asphalt, and technicians who know how to work with this paving product, are readily available throughout Northern America today. The paving material you select could also influence your future maintenance costs, so this is not a choice that should be taken lightly.
Having access to a serviceable road is essential when it comes to staying connected in today's world. By taking the time to carefully weigh each of your paving options you will be able to determine which product can meet the unique traffic load and distributions of your roadway.