Paving Into The Future
There are plenty of places still left in America where you can drive on a dirt road, but wherever there is a concentration of people, there is asphalt pavement. More than 2-million miles of roads and highways in the United States are paved with asphalt.
About 4,000 asphalt plants around the nation produce 500 - 550 million tons of asphalt every year. Laying it down on roads is a large industry, employing more than 300,000 people. Today asphalt pavement is America's most recycled substance. It's a truly sustainable natural resource. Once it's laid down, most pavement will last 20 years with minimal maintenance.
Many have said that America loves its cars. But where could you go in them without the wonders of safe and economical asphalt pavement? It has literally changed the landscape of our country, especially since the late 19th century.