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The longer a paved road lasts, the less money has to be spent on it. Pavement that has to be completely torn up and repaved often is pavement that is wasteful for those responsible for the pavement as well as those purchasing it. Fortunately, there are a few technologies out there that can help with this goal.
Automated Crack Detection and Filling Systems
Cracks inevitably appear in any paved area given enough time. The problem is when the cracks appear in major roadways because of the logistical issues this raises. The choice is always either to close down the whole roadway, which is often a major inconvenience to everyone involved, especially if it's a major artery, or to have workers risk themselves by repairing the crack in traffic.
A new system has been devised to detect and fill cracks on its own instead. The system is attached to the back of a trailer, and then pulled by a truck slowly along the road. The system uses a camera and LEDs for illumination to get a clear picture of the road.
A computer then analyzes the picture and immediately creates a map of where the cracks appeared in the image so that the sealant applicator can then fire in the right order to fill up the cracks without wasting anything.
Another technology that is recently being used to help preserve the lifespan of pavement is pavement rejuvenators. This technology is used on pavements that are older or that have been heavily oxidized. The rejuvenators add additional sealant to the aging area in order to make the pavement more flexible and make it less likely to crack.
Most oxidation actually happens within the first four years of the life of pavement because of the effects of weather like rain and snow. As a result, the top half inch or so of pavement is often more brittle than the pavement underneath it. This causes asphalt to crack prematurely.
This technology basically just helps to increase the binding properties of the asphalt already in the pavement. As a result, the pavement hangs together more closely and is more resistant to cracking. The key is to apply the rejuvenating treatments to the pavement when the asphalt starts to show signs of breaking down at the surface.
This way, the pavement, done by companies like Central Paving & Sealcoating Inc, is preserved before full cracking even occurs which extends its life without having to fill in cracks as much.