Asphalt Milling

The definition of Asphalt Milling is: The controlled removal and recycling of an existing asphalt pavement layer to correct and restore the surface to a specified profile. The process generates recycled asphalt pavement (RAP) for use in place of virgin aggregate in new asphalt material.

Asphalt Milling involves grinding into the upper layer of the existing asphalt in order to remove any cracks, ruts and imperfections. Upon completion we add a layer of inlay paving on top of the milled surface which fills any holes and levels it off and makes it smooth. Lastly, we place an asphalt overlay on top to finish the process. When an existing asphalt pavement has a sound foundation yet needs some rehabilitation work on the uppermost layers, we can often provide excellent results with our expert asphalt mill and inlay techniques and save the customer money at the same time.

D & R Paving’s milling and inlay techniques are a great way to get the most mileage from existing asphalt and concrete, and gives the customer a fresh new asphalt surface.

Advantages of mill and inlay methods, if done properly, is that it can be used to fix serious surface defects while still maintaining the same pavement height overall, maintaining the integrity of the pavement without completely replacing it.

In addition, this is especially important when it’s deemed necessary to keep existing curbs and shoulders the original height. For example, in some cases a paving project might be much costlier if too-thick layers of new pavement would affect curbs and shoulders along a road. In these situations, mill and inlay techniques offer a perfect way to enjoy the benefits of a new asphalt pavement while avoiding the complications of having to do unnecessary work on adjoining curbs and shoulders. This also saves the customer time and money.

Asphalt pavement is not only 100% recyclable but is the most recycled material in the U.S. No road or highway lasts forever. But replacing asphalt road surfaces is cost-effective and environmentally friendly because asphalt is 100% recyclable. Through a process called milling, only the amount of existing roadway needing rehabilitation is removed, allowing a new surface to be applied right over the original construction.

We have the latest equipment necessary to grind off the old pavement, recycle the old material, and install a fresh layer of asphalt without altering the elevation of the roadway. Not only does this speed construction, minimizing disruption to the public, but it provides a safer, smoother road by matching existing curbs and drains.

The Benefits of Asphalt Milling:

  • Recycling existing materials and using the RAP in lieu of virgin aggregate in the new asphalt pavement saves natural resources and energy.
  • Milled asphalt is 100% recyclable. By incorporating the old, milled asphalt we actually reduce the amount of virgin materials required in new asphalt production.
  • The process can be repeated over and over again on the same surface.
  • The RAP can be used in place of a portion of the virgin aggregate and asphalt binder, which can lower the energy and greenhouse gas (GHG) footprint of the material production process.
  • RAP is re-used and thus kept out of landfills and saves additional trucking costs.
  • Existing curb and gutter reveals are maintained.
  • Surface drainage is improved and planarity is restored
  • Bumps, ruts and other surface irregularities are eliminated.
  • Under most circumstances, traffic flow is maintained and able to immediately travel on the milled surface.
  • At a lower cost than reconstruction, maintenance budgets can cover a larger footprint.

Under most circumstances, traffic flow can be maintained and able to immediately travel on the milled surface.

We will make sure each job is completed with expert attention to detail, so you can enjoy the benefits of fresh new asphalt pavement while enjoying the savings. With over 30 years of experience with milling and inlay you can be confident your project will be done right the first time.

To learn more about the benefits of rehabilitating a pavement through our mill and inlay services, please contact us today!