Where would we be
without our road network? It is probably the most important piece of
infrastructure in the USA and absolutely essential to keeping the flow of goods
and people around the country.
Did you know that
there are around four million miles of road in the country and that asphalted
roads make up a whopping 93% of these?
But, from information
coming from the National Economic Council and President’s Council of Economic
Advisers, given in 2014, the finance for this vital system is falling short of
the needs of a modern economy.
It says that there is
simply not enough funding available to maintain the existing structure, let
alone plan for future of extending the network further.
Also, it has
concluded that in the previous two decades, the levels of investment from all
sources – state, federal and local – has reduced as a proportion of the
To put it another
way, we are not keeping up with our requirements for a first class, well
maintained road network.
All agencies and
individuals charged with the task of attempting to oversee the management of
the country’s roads face an unprecedented challenge of trying to more, with
So one thing that
agencies can do to help make their money go further is to take action now to
prevent their asphalt road structure from decaying anymore than is necessary.
In short, it is
better to spend a little extra money now, preserving their pavement, than it is
to have to pay out for more repairs further down the road; literally, in this
It has been estimated
by the FHWA (Federal Highway Association) that for every dollar that is spent
on preserving a pavement can prolong or even remove the need to spend an
additional $6-$10 on its repair later on in the future.
The good news is that if your road surfacing is asphalt, then there is a wide choice on offer of prevention treatments to choose between and these can be applied swiftly and economically.
The treatments range
between applications such as crack sealing, fog seals, scrub seals, slurry
seals, sandwich seals, micro surfacing and cape seals.
To choose the right treatment for your pavement, you first need to know what type of problem it is suffering from. If you do not know, an experienced paving contractor can assist you.
Also, these days, the
deterioration can be predicted in advance by a professional taking into account
the paving age, type and traffic levels it experiences.
For more information,
ask your local paving contractor or asphalt professional.