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Old April 6th, 2008, 07:42 PM   #421
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concrete is terrible. it must be built in sections so you constantly hear and feel a thump thump thump when you're driving over it. asphalt is smooth and quiet but doesn't last very long.
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Old April 6th, 2008, 07:55 PM   #422
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Here in Bulgaria nowadays we mostly use black asphalt on the highways but I really want to see red asphalt on our roads!It is used when it's snowing right?
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Old April 6th, 2008, 08:08 PM   #423
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concrete is terrible. it must be built in sections so you constantly hear and feel a thump thump thump when you're driving over it. asphalt is smooth and quiet but doesn't last very long.
OK, but only when concrete was badly made(as on many older Czechia highways)
When it's not, it will be perfect for 30 years

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I really want to see red asphalt on our roads!It is used when it's snowing right?
wait a while i'll find it
EDIT: They are for some time now
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Old April 6th, 2008, 09:33 PM   #424
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concrete is terrible. it must be built in sections so you constantly hear and feel a thump thump thump when you're driving over it. asphalt is smooth and quiet but doesn't last very long.
I see no sections...
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Old April 6th, 2008, 09:36 PM   #425
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Because there are many ways of making concrete surface - the one with so called continuous reinforcement do not need to be cut into sections
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Old April 6th, 2008, 11:10 PM   #426
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That's right, usually Germans use technologies, which allow them to lay 400 m sections of concrete.
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Old April 7th, 2008, 12:13 AM   #427
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concrete is terrible. it must be built in sections so you constantly hear and feel a thump thump thump when you're driving over it. asphalt is smooth and quiet but doesn't last very long.
I don't hear a thump on I-275, a concrete interstate here, its smooth too but a little noisier than asphalt but even in rain its not slick. I like concrete, asphalt becomes crappier quicker.
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Old April 7th, 2008, 04:47 AM   #428
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I think that's concrete mixed in with dye or oxidized iron (rust basically). I remember a discussion in Ottawa a few years back to pave Wellington St. with the stuff to mark the Confederation route I believe it was called which would run in a loop between Ottawa and neighbouring Hull. I've seen the "pink asphalt" as you call it and it bears a greater similarity to sidewalk cement than road asphalt.
No its definitely asphalt, the MTO does not use concrete. Concrete is only used on parts of the 407, mainly the parts in york region
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Old April 7th, 2008, 08:57 AM   #429
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I really like the way that LA used to do it. Concrete in the middle and the emergency lanes were very dark. It was very aesthetically pleasing when not cracked and freshly laid.
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Old April 7th, 2008, 09:08 AM   #430
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Asphalt is better, IMO.

A lot of the highways here have been repaved with it, it's smoother and makes a lot less noise.

When I drive down I-95 to New York, which is concrete in NYS, the highway makes some loud, awful noises.
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Old April 7th, 2008, 09:30 AM   #431
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white ashpalt is the best. it looks the best IMO. why do they differ between white and black ashphalt though?
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Old April 7th, 2008, 02:49 PM   #432
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It depends on the comoposition of so called special asphalt mixture - the more asphalt is there, the darker it is
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Old April 8th, 2008, 12:46 AM   #433
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as a color, I like it when the road is so red-brownish.
Rusty? Yuck. :P Come to Austria, they have them; at least A11 and partly A10.
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Old July 2nd, 2010, 09:43 AM   #434
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It doesn't matter how it looks. It matters how it functions!
Amen to that!

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Here is some pics of my favorite setup, concrete driving surface with asphalt shoulders.







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Old July 2nd, 2010, 05:33 PM   #435
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In my area, bridges and overpasses are concrete, and pavement on the ground is asphalt.

I generally like asphalt roads better, and concrete is often done badly, but US Route 29 north of Lynchburg, Virginia is about the best highway I've ever been on, and it's concrete and ever so smooth. I love it. (It seems to have been recently built, judging by the lack of trees and sparse grass on the embankments)
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Old July 2nd, 2010, 05:37 PM   #436
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I am currently aware of roads paved in white, black, gray, green, brown and orange. The white road is US 29 mentioned previously, black roads include I-95 north of Fredericksburg, Virginia and anything else recently paved, the orange road is I-81 near the Rural Retreat exit in (i think) Smyth County, Virginia, the green road is I-64 near Charlottesville, Virginia. Pretty much every other paved or gravel road is gray, and dirt roads (I'm aware of quite a few of those) are usually brown.

Oh yeah I also know of a road paved in white asphalt ... somewhere ... um, a few hours northeast of Roanoke. (Please don't ask me how to get there! I just know that the centerline is darker than the pavement.) And the Blue Ridge Parkway is usually gray, but I do know of a white section a little bit south of its northern end.
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Old July 2nd, 2010, 10:20 PM   #437
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Asphalt and concrete:

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Old July 2nd, 2010, 10:22 PM   #438
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I like concrete better
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Old July 2nd, 2010, 10:37 PM   #439
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I like 1st pic. where is it?
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Old July 2nd, 2010, 10:39 PM   #440
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