Lehigh Hanson maintains asphalt plants that serve select markets in the United States, predominantly in the northeastern and western regions. So universal is asphalt as a paving material, the terms “asphalt” and “blacktop” are nearly synonymous with roads, streets and highways. With more than 90% of all paved roads in the U.S. built of asphalt, it virtually defines our surface transportation infrastructure.
As the challenges of infrastructure renewal make new demands on construction and reconstruction, Lehigh Hanson provides hot-mix, warm-mix, epoxy and recycled asphalts for a wide variety of standard and specialty applications:
• Pavement overlays
• Streets, roads and highways
• Recreation trails
• Parking lots
• Specialty bridge overlays
• Airport pavements
Process and Product
Asphalt is actually a type of concrete. It consists of aggregates – sand, gravel or crushed stone - bound together asphalt cement, a petroleum product refined from crude oil.
Asphalt cement is heated and mixed with aggregates, then loaded into trucks and transported to the paving site. The trucks dump the asphalt into hoppers located at the front of paving machines.
In full-depth asphalt pavement, the paving machines place the asphalt in layers. A sub-base provides the strength to support traffic. An intermediate layer completes the pavement structure with a strong yet flexible mix to prevent cracking. A final top layer provides a smooth and quiet riding surface for traffic.
Each layer is compacted with rollers to achieve a dense, solid pavement. Traffic is generally permitted on the pavement as soon as the pavement has cooled.
Flexible Designs for Diverse Applications
Asphalt produces what’s known as a flexible pavement as opposed to rigid pavements made from ready mixed concrete. Both have their own set of attributes and benefits. As the name implies, flexible pavements are less brittle and resist cracking – a bend-don’t-break approach. They offer quick and economical construction, a smooth quiet riding surface, and ease of repair or recycling.
We Supply Asphalt for a Variety of Uses
- Airport runways
- Bridge overlays
- Parking lots
- Pavement overlays
- Recreational surfaces