RMA co-hosts rubber asphalt meeting

April 14, 2003

The Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA) and several other organizations are meeting in Washington, D.C., today to discuss ways to increase the use of rubber-modified asphalt in road construction.

Rubber-modified asphalt can enhance road surface longevity and requires less maintenance than standard asphalt, according to RMA officials.

"We need to focus on ways to explain the benefits of rubber-modified asphalt and overcome many misperceptions," says RMA Senior Technical Director Michael Blumenthal.

"We are hopeful that this forum will be the start of a useful project to educate state transportation leaders that will result not only in improved road surfaces but also another method of taking old, worn-out tires and putting them to good use."