College - Author 1

College of Architecture and Environmental Design

Department - Author 1

Construction Management Department

Degree Name - Author 1

BS in Construction Management



Primary Advisor/Subject Matter Expert (SME)

Ed Boucher, College of Architecture and Environmental Design, Construction Management Department


Every day, millions of Americans travel along highways and roadways during their everyday lives. Many people do not understand the vital impact that this infrastructure has on their day to day activities and what goes into building these roadways. The traditional process of using paving a roadway requires the use of an asphalt binder that is typically an oil-based binder. With the environmental effects of manufacturing and producing these oils, as well as the effects on the environment when the asphalt is placed, there have been a few accounts of producing an alternative asphalt binder that does not use oil. This paper will examine recent use of alternative asphalt binders in paving projects in Northern California and the effectiveness they have on wear life, sustainability, and constructability. The methodology of this paper is that of an action-based research were a case study of a recent paving project will be examined and then built off of to determine the above listed criteria. The research will later conclude that while studies are still early, the use of alternative binder, particularly those of a plastic base, could in turn replace an oil-based binder in aspects of sustainability, function, and constructability.

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