Saving Money By Converting Asphalt to Gravel

In an effort to cut transportation maintenance costs, some cities are ditching their asphalt roads and going back to gravel.
February 8, 2010, 6am PST | Nate Berg
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"High costs and tight budgets have prompted communities in Maine, Michigan, Indiana, Pennsylvania and Vermont to convert or consider converting their cracked asphalt roads back to gravel to cut maintenance costs, officials in those states say.

New technology allows asphalt to be recycled into a durable gravel-like surface that is cheaper to maintain and adequately prevents potholes and mud, said David Creamer, a field operations specialist at the Center for Dirt and Gravel Road Studies at Pennsylvania State University."

38 counties in Michigan replaced more than 100 miles of road with gravel between 2008 and 2009, and more are planned.

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Published on Friday, February 5, 2010 in USA Today
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