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Highway Sustainability Research Center

Highway Sustainability Research Center

The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Highway Sustainability Research Center assists state agencies, private contractors, and the entire pavement community in designing and evaluating asphalt pavements mixtures that lead to better performing roads and pavement.  The Center has created asphalt mixtures that are up to 50% recycled materials.

Staff at the Center have more than 40 years of combined experience in pavement design, maintenance, and rehabilitation. In addition to being up-to-date with the latest AASHTO practices and test procedures, the lab is equipped with the latest testing equipment and technology.

College of Engineering Highway Sustainability Research


The Center concentrates it research on improving pavement mixtures and refining pavement profiling devices for quality control and quality assurance. 

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College of Engineering Highway Sustainability Testing

Testing Services

  • Aggregate testing
  • Asphalt binder testing
  • Hot Mix Asphalt (HMA) testing and verification
  • SuperPave hot mix asphalt designs and verifications 

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College of Engineering Highway Sustainability Equipment


In order to run the comprehensive tests and perform the cutting edge research, the Highway Sustainability Research Center has the latest testing equipment.

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The lab was established in 1990 as part of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Civil and Environmental Engineering Department and has been in continuous operation.

Impact of asphalt research


Only 10 -15% of reclaimed materials are used to build roads today.


We can save 50-75% of the cost of materials to build roads if we can increase the reclaimed materials.


American taxpayers already save over $1.5B per year by recycling asphalt.


The amount of recycled asphalt pavement (RAP) in 2010 was 62.1M tons (more than 19M barrels of asphalt binder conserved).


Recycling of asphalt pavements and asphalt shingles in 2010 alone conserved 20.5M barrels of asphalt binder.


Each year, nearly 10M tons of shingles go into landfills. If all those shingles were recycled, the U.S. could save about $1B worth of asphalt.

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