- Associated Press - Friday, October 17, 2014

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The Virginia Department of Transportation says an environmentally friendly pavement used to rebuild a section of Interstate 81 is holding up to the test of time and tires.

VDOT says the $10.2 million project was conducted in Augusta County three years ago. The department used three pavement recycling processes to rehabilitate a 3.6-mile portion of the southbound lane of the interstate.

VDOT Commissioner Charlie Kilpatrick says the I-81 project demonstrates that pavement recycling is viable on high-volume, high-priority routes.

VDOT says the process also saved millions of dollars by recycling existing road material.

A report says VDOT should use the pavement recycling method “where it is most suitable.”

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