Quality roads and a strong transportation infrastructure are critical elements of a healthy community. We must invest in our streets and bridges, as well as provide our citizens with good jobs from strong businesses that support the local economy. >>Asphalt plants can be good neighbors!
Alternatives to asphalt roads, such as concrete or neglect, cost the taxpayers much more in the long-run. The impacts of traffic congestion and unsafe roads result in lost time, more fuel, greater emission, and more road fatalities. >>Economic impacts of asphalt
“RAP: Stockpile Emissions and Leachate” (SR 190). As communities and increasingly regulatory agencies look at potential impacts associated with RAP stockpiles, this updated publication provides credible scientific studies which reinforces RAP’s inert nature.
“RAP as a Clean Fill Material” (SR 204) provides additional information to assist regulatory agencies in understanding how to use RAP as clean fill material.
The EPA and Colorado Department of Health and Environment heavily regulate and monitor the asphalt plants in Colorado. These facilities are tested regularly to ensure that they follow best management practices and operate within the permit restrictions. >>Emissions study summary
Porous asphalt pavement is actually shown to improve water quality. These pavements are an important aspect of stormwater management and help reduce runoff, conserving water and promoting infiltration. Read more…
The emissions from asphalt batch plants do not pose an environmental hazard. There is no evidence that the very low levels of emissions from hot mix asphalt facilities pose any health risk to humans. >>Asphalt plants
Smooth asphalt roads are shown to greatly reduce crashes and fatalities, and offer the least amount of splash and spray kicked up by vehicles. Read more…
Asphalt is the quiet pavement option, often resulting in noise reduction from three to 10 decibels. >>Sustainability of asphalt
Asphalt pavement is composed of 95% natural rock and sand, and only 5% asphalt. Its fumes are considered “non-toxic” and are not classified as a human carcinogen.