That answer is simple! With over 2.2 million miles of paved roads in the United States, about 94 percent of them are surfaced with asphalt. It is because asphalt pavements are:
Cost Effective - Asphalt pavement has the lowest initial as well as life cycle cost when compared to other alternative pavement products.
Speed of Construction - Asphalt pavements can be constructed quickly and opened back up to traffic the same day as constructed.
Smooth - Asphalt pavements are the smoothest pavements placed in the country today.
Versatile - Asphalt pavements can be designed to fit nearly any application. From Interstates and state trunklines, to County and City streets, to parking lots and bike paths, to racetracks and loading facilities asphalt pavements can fit any need.
Quiet - It is a proven fact that asphalt pavements are among the quietest surface to drive on in the world. No other pavement is quieter!
Durable - Asphalt pavements can be designed for over 50 years of structural life. Extensive research demonstrates that properly maintained asphalt pavements can last perpetually!
Sustainable - Asphalt pavements are 100% recyclable and they happen to be one of the most recycled materials in the world! Asphalt pavements are routinely manufactured using recycled asphalt pavement (RAP), recycled asphalt shingles (RAS), ground tire rubber (GTR) and even plastics. Asphalt pavements are extremely sustainable!