Pros and Cons of Asphalt Speed Bumps

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Speed bumps are a common sight in most places where there are roads. When it comes to these “bumps in the road,” there are a few distinct options to choose from. For example, in many construction jobs around the world, asphalt is the material of choice to use. However, there are other materials that you can make speed bumps with, such as plastic or rubber.


Some advantages to using asphalt for Speed Bumps in construction jobs are its durability, as many other materials don’t last as long, making it an investment. Along with this, the ability to repaint the speed bumps can be appealing, especially for those who can regularly repaint their speed bumps. Project for Public Spaces, or PPS, states that speed bumps are “usually at least 5-6″ high and less than three feet long,” making them a commitment to upkeep, however worth the value if you’re using a material that has longevity.


On the other hand, some construction jobs require something less costly or something that causes less damage to the vehicle. According to the FHWA (Federal Highway Administration), Speed bumps, along with other speed limit means, can “frame expectations for drivers and other roadway users.” That being said, it’s important not to cause unnecessary damage to vehicles when possible, as with the durability of asphalt comes its destructive ability to both cars and passengers. Along with this, other materials, such as rubber or plastic, can be cheaper to use in the short-term, making them more accessible materials ultimately.

At Kilgore Companies, safety is the number one priority when paving speed bumps, and this priority is reflected in all the work that Kilgore does. If you are interested in joining Kilgore and want to do things “The Kilgore Way,” they have a convenient job board listing a variety of great jobs!