Ever drive over a pot hole and wonder why the construction crews can’t lay down a better asphalt when they are paving a road? I’ve been doing some research and it seems that how they make asphalt today is with a formula from the dark ages. Weather has a crazy effect on it. Heat in summer makes it soft and freezing cold in winter makes it brittle. No wonder what we get is potholes.
Well, according to my research, there is an additive that they are working on to modify the asphalt during its creation. Polybutadiene! It’s made from recycled tires and when added to the asphalt helps to lesson the dramatic effects of hot and cold.
So why am I bringing this up? With all the talk about rebuilding our economy around new jobs in infrastructure, I’m thinking an investment in bridges, roads, and recycled materials might be worth a shot. Municipal bonds and Polybutadienes!