CDOT recycles more asphalt than ever in 2009 |

CDOT recycles more asphalt than ever in 2009

Old roads are getting mashed up and put back to use more than ever as the Colorado Department of Transportation’s use of recycled asphalt pavement for highways increased 70 percent in 2009.

“Besides the cost benefit of recycling, the changes will save taxpayers by reducing the need for new materials and disposal cost,” said Tom Peterson, executive director of Colorado Asphalt Pavement Association, in a joint press release with CDOT.

New standards for pavement projects resulted in 135,000 tons of recycled pavement used on state highways last year compared with 80,000 tons in 2008.

CAPA coordinates asphalt contracts with CDOT and advocates for recycling asphalt, according to the press release.

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