The pavement is a staple that gets us from one place to another. Without smooth pavement, our journey to our jobs, to the grocery store, to visiting people, would be very rough and unpleasant, especially if you’re going on a long drive. It’s not something that just materialized out of nowhere, either. Someone discovered this fantastic material, and through trial and error, asphalt has become a staple in our day to day lives.
Here are some random facts about asphalt paving you might not know.
● Asphalt naturally occurs around lakes. One of the largest deposits is off a Caribbean Island of Trinidad called Pitch Lake.
● Not every crack is the same for asphalt. There’s a variety such as:
○ Block cracking that’s a large square or rectangular shape
○ A transverse crack that is perpendicular because of high traffic
○ Edge cracking that you see on the edge of the asphalt
○ Alligator cracking is a close-knit area of cracks. It resembles alligator skin, hence the name.
○ Slippage cracks are crescent-shaped cracks that tend to turn into potholes.
● Asphalt is porous, meaning it can help absorb water, which is ideal for handling run-off water and flooding.
● While asphalt is a harder feeling material, there are still air voids allowing grass and weeds to come through.
● The smoother the road, the better your miles per gallon will be. Your vehicle won’t need to be working as hard on flatter roads.
● Paving has been around since the 1870s in the United States. The first road was in Newark, New Jersey, on William Street. The second paved road was for the White House on Pennsylvania Avenue.