In California alone, the State Transportation Department, Caltrans, estimates that every $1 spent on preventive maintenance today averts as much as $10 in repairs later.

PAVEMENT PRESERVATION

It is increasingly recognized by both the private and public sector that the required approach to mitigate the declining state of our national highways is to implement a preservation strategy versus a reconstruction of new paved surfaces. ePAVE is part of that strategy – a durable, environmentally-friendly material that restores pavement in an efficient and cost effective way.

It has been acknowledged that strategic preservation will improve the lifespan of existing roadways, act as preventative maintenance of the functional and structural condition of pavement and optimize performance of individual paved surfaces and highway networks.

Transportation officials have identified about $57 billion in repairs needed for state roads in the coming decade in addition to about $78 billion needed for local roads, which are partly funded with state money.

Pavement preservation now will put municipalities and commercial property owners at the vanguard of this initiative and help to launch programs that increase safety, help the environment and save taxpayers money.

ePAVE vs Other Pavement Maintenance Treatments

Up until recently preservation and maintenance of asphalt and concrete pavements was a labor intensive, expensive undertaking often with adverse environmental consequences. Other preventative maintenance methods such as micro-surfacing, chip seals and thin overlays were only deemed effective if they could add an additional 2-3 years of extended service life. Most other treatments are a combination of asphalt emulsion (petroleum), sand and aggregates.

Although other treatments were known to be effective they all share similar factors which limit their longevity and successful performance. One of the more important limitation is the use of asphalt emulsion in formulations of traditional pavement maintenance products as it is highly susceptible to fluctuations in temperature and moisture conditions. UV light from sunshine rapidly breaks down asphalt emulsion. Rain water and irrigation runoff chemically attack asphalt breaking it down by accelerating oxidation.

The introduction of ePAVE- a next generation polymer enhanced composite- is engineered to outlast other pavement maintenance treatments. Using advanced polymer technology and a blend of other organic ingredients ePAVE eliminates the use of asphalt emulsion while providing a significantly longer life cycle and positive environmental impacts.