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Two bonus episodes of the AASHTO re:source podcast follow up with different perspectives on the recent “plastic roads” project initiated by the Hawaii Department of Transportation.

[Above image by Hawaii DOT]

AASHTO re:source – which launched this podcast series in September 2020 – is a major technical service program of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials. It provides services and tools through three major programs: the Laboratory Assessment Program, the Proficiency Sample Program, and the AASHTO Accreditation Program.

Part one and part two of this special “plastic road” podcast series covered Hawaii DOT’s effort to test the incorporation of recycled plastics into its road paving processes. Now the two follow-up bonus episodes provide exterior perspectives on the agency’s project.

The first bonus episode talks with Jon Young, executive director of the Hawaii Asphalt Paving Industry, about how the paving contractors and contractors his organization represent desire to be part of such projects at the front end so they can help develop “good plans” in order deliver good outcomes from such research. The second bonus episode will follow in the next few weeks.

“Such projects have to make sense economically [and] definitely must make the world better,” Young explained on the AASHTO re:source podcast. “We’re just trying to help them implement [this project] it smoothly as possible and we think it is great the [Hawaii] DOT is so innovative.”

To listen to more of this podcast episode, click here.