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Caltrans Discusses Different Kinds of Pavement in New Video

Caltrans News Flash #122

Date:March 9, 2017
Contact:Erin Gallup von Tersch
Phone:(916) 654-4565
Contact:Tamie McGowen
Phone:(916) 657-5060

SACRAMENTO – In this Caltrans News Flash, you'll learn how concrete and asphalt pavements are made, how they are different and why the Department uses both.

Both asphalt and concrete are made from a rock or gravel base, but the material that binds the rock together is different. Cement holds concrete together, and in asphalt, refined oil binds the rock and gravel.

Before placing pavement, Caltrans studies the soil at the site, the traffic the roadway is expected to carry, and the weather to determine which material is best for each location. Concrete handles high-truck traffic, chains and studded tires better, so Caltrans uses it in cities and on mountain passes. Two thirds of California's state highway system is asphalt, which cures faster and is less expensive.

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This Caltrans News Flash is the 122nd in a series of videos highlighting Caltrans' activities that present the wide-ranging and critical work that Caltrans does to enhance California's economy and livability. To see more of these and other videos, search for #CaltransNewsFlash on Twitter or visit Caltrans News Flash on YouTube.

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