Stabilization will increase the shear strength of the soils and road materials and control the shrink-swell properties of these materials, thus improving the load-bearing capacity of the subbase to support pavement and foundations.
When roadways are stabilized and treated with the right additives, storm water run-off will not cause erosion, which in turn would have sent thousands of tons of silt into rivers and bays. This erosion clogs and silts vital waterways, silting over fish habitats that would have been spawning grounds for future generations.
The FDR process helps to preserve soils, waterways and roadways. The same materials used to build the original highway system can be reused to repair, reconstruct and maintain them. Where appropriate, reclamation of soils, aggregates and asphalt materials makes sound economic, environmental and engineering sense.
The modern way to construct using FDR has been around for over 20 years. The process itself is the fastest expanding construction method used today.
The roads constructed in the Marcellus and Utica Energy fields will continue to perform beyond a predicted lifetime of 20 years. The wearing courses will oxidize and breakdown before that period of time, however, the cement base will provide strength and support for the new hot mix asphalt applications of the future.