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Once again it's that time of year. Better Roads editors have assembled their list of the top road products out there for you in 2012. It's the hardest, most pressure-filled story we write about all year. So this is our list; it's unlikely to match yours from top to bottom. But it is a way for us to acknowledge some of the companies, some of the engineers and designers who did special thinking and working to bring us outstanding products - to us and our ways of thinking the pick of them - in 2012.
Calculators can now help contractors and agencies work out the potential environmental impact of road project before it's begun. One advantage is an increase in options that can be considered in the planning stages.
The National Asphalt Pavement Association help us take a look at perpetual pavement. It's traditionally associated with major highways, but this life-extending design also works for lower-volume roads and thin pavement rehabs. Even pavements not originally designed to be perpetual can be converted - one inch of asphalt at a time.
Road noise from pavement can be attacked in a number of ways. Mixes are a key variable, and the use of rubber in an asphalt mix can make a significance contribution to noise reduction according to some test strips.