The agency is a national leader in the use of recycled asphalt pavement (RAP)—our asphalt now contains 40 percent RAP. By using RAP, the City saves on new material and reduces the environmental costs associated with transport and disposal of milled asphalt. DOT has also begun testing warm mix asphalt, which requires less energy to make than traditional asphalt.
Strategic Plan 2016 Initiative
Related OneNYC Initiative
Short-Term Milestones (by end of 2017)
DOT will rebuild the Harper Street Asphalt Plant in Queens to incorporate use of warm mix asphalt and allow for up to 50 percent recycled asphalt pavement.
Work to rebuild the Harper Street Asphalt Plant will begin in spring 2018, and is expected to take 18 months to complete. Once operational, the facility will be upgraded to incorporate use of warm mix asphalt and allow for up to 50 percent recycled asphalt pavement. DOT also expects a near 100% decrease in NOX emission from the installation of new plant equipment, and a reduction in annual truck trips from the increased use of recycled asphalt product (RAP) and barging of virgin aggregates.
Medium-Term Milestones (by end of 2021)
DOT will explore expanded use of 100 percent recycled material in resurfacing operations.