Paving the Future

    Asphalt. America Rides On Us.

    Asphalt has always been and continues to be the pavement of choice for America. At present, 94 percent of the roads in America are surfaced with asphalt and for those who know the benefits of asphalt, there is no substitute.

    Difficult economic times are causing some to suggest that owners and specifiers take a second look when it comes to pavement type selection. In the asphalt community, we welcome this opportunity to discuss the benefits of our product and why asphalt pavement is right for America, right now and into the future.


    There is no doubt that societal trends and economic realities will shape the pavement market going forward. Those driving factors include public funding issues, an emphasis on sustainable growth and livability, unemployment trends, and future supply/capacity. Accounting for all of these factors, asphalt is perfectly positioned to address future markets in both highways and other infrastructure.

    Because asphalt is a renewable, sustainable material, it is environmentally friendly. What may surprise some is that asphalt fits very well into livable communities – places where people have multiple transportation options.

    • Buses run on asphalt pavements.
    • Asphalt underlayments help high-speed trains stay on track.
    • Asphalt can keep bicycles and pedestrians out of the mud.
    • Porous asphalt can be used to manage stormwater.