Rubber Tires Meet Rubber Road

More than a decade ago, portions of New Jersey’s I-195 and Route 9 were laid with asphalt rubber open-graded friction course (AR-OGFC) to test their longevity. Not only was the longevity test deemed successful, but AR-OGFC has proven to mitigate pavement-tire noise. This article reports on a pavement/tire noise study funded by the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) and conducted by the Center for Advanced Infrastructure & Transportation at Rutgers University. Using the National Center for Asphalt Technology Noise Trailer, it was found that AR-OGFC pavement was the best of 35 pavement types in lowering noise levels. The results so impressed NJDOT, that the agency has resurfaced a significant section of I-95 with AR-OGFC. The article describes the study research, the project itself, and the types of paving equipment used. It includes a short accompanying article on the future for AR-OGFC on New Jersey highways, which is described as eco-friendly because it used 80,000 recycled tires for paving a six-lane, five-mile stretch of the project.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Photos;
  • Pagination: pp 20, 22, 24-25
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01095700
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: UC Berkeley Transportation Library
  • Files: BTRIS, TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 9 2008 2:14PM