Asphalt has a long history of use around the world. The first known usage of asphalt as pavement dates back to 615 BCE, when a road leading to Babylon was paved with the material. Unrecorded usage could date even further back than that, as it’s believed the Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans all employed it for different purposes. Read on for more interesting facts about this ubiquitous material.
4 Surprising Facts About Asphalt
The First Road Use of Asphalt Was in 1824
In 1824, asphalt bricks were used to pave the Champs-Élysées in Paris, France. This was done to ease the passage of travelers making their way down the famous boulevard.
U.S. Roads First Employed Asphalt Pavement in the 1870s
The first use of asphalt for paving American roads came in 1870, when William Street was paved outside of City Hall in Newark, NJ. Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C. received the treatment next, requiring 54,000 square yards of the material from Trinidad Lake Asphalt in La Brea, Trinidad.
Asphalt Is America’s Most Recycled Material.
According to a survey conducted by the National Asphalt Pavement Association in 2010, asphalt was the most recycled material in America. That year, 62.1 million tons of reclaimed and reprocessed pavement was used in roadways throughout the country. The organization reported that less than 1% of reclaimed asphalt pavement was sent to landfills.
Asphalt Covers 94% of American Roads
There are 2.27 million miles of paved road in the United States and 94%—over 2.13 million miles—are paved using asphalt. An astounding 65% of those roads are interstate highways, which results in over 13.8 million miles.
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