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February 18, 2010

Plans unravel for quiet pavement here

  • WSDOT is testing pavement mixes that have quieted traffic noise in warmer states. The problem is the pavements aren't compacting well in Western Washington's climate.
    Special to the Journal

    Photo courtesy of WSDOT [enlarge]
    Workers last summer laid this test section of quiet pavement on I-405.

    Quiet pavement asphalt mixes that showed promise in other states are failing here, a recent state Department of Transportation report shows.

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