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Hot Mix Asphalt Pavements for Trails and Paths

The popularity of paved bicycle paths and pedestrian trails has increased dramatically over the past decade. Many local agencies are looking for the best way to provide the most economical and safest trail surface. Hot Mix Asphalt (HMA) pavements have proven to give a smooth, flexible, long-lasting surface preferred by the outdoor enthusiast for recreational purposes and for use as a means of transportation and links to public transportation centers.

This report is intended to provide guidelines and recommendations for design and construction of asphalt pavements for trails and paths. Factors considered in selecting optional trail surfaces include costs, user preferences, durability, and aesthetics are presented. The report concludes with a summary of key factors contributing to quality HMA pavement paths and trails.

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