Gallery: Virginia Recycles Part of the I-81 Highway to Cut Emissions & ...


We’re all familiar with recycling things like glass bottles and building materials, but what about interstate highways? The Virginia Department of Transportation plans to do just that. A 3.7 mile stretch of Interstate 81 is in need of repair, but instead of using conventional methods that tear up the road and lay down new asphalt, the DOT is combing three road recycling techniques that will reuse the materials already in place. The project will save millions of dollars, take two-thirds less time, and drastically cut carbon emissions associated with construction.

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  1. lazyreader March 22, 2011 at 8:12 am

    Impressive, most impressive. I’m all for saving time.

  2. ford March 21, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    this has been going on for years in colorado, where we have to re-pave the roads often due to the stresses the weather places on road surfaces. asphalt is one of the most recycled materials on the planet.

  3. caeman March 21, 2011 at 12:17 pm

    Anything that can speed up road construction time is a win in my book.

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