Thursday, May 4, 2017

Vehicles Consume Less Fuel on Smoother Asphalt Pavements

According to experts, vehicles driving on smoother pavements, particularly smooth asphalt pavements, consume less fuel than driving over rough road conditions of poorly constructed roads. Overall, less fuel consumption helps the environment and aids in lessening consumer’s fuel budgets, leading to a greener and more cost effective form of infrastructure. Since the United States has over 2.5 million miles of paved roads, just a slight change in each person’s fuel economy can make a huge difference. If every American drove on smooth roads throughout their entire lifetime, they would save dramatic amounts of money on fuel savings as well as helping to conserve our natural resources, too (Asphalt Pavement Alliance).

Studies at a pavement test track in Nevada have shown that driving on smoother surfaces can reduce fuel consumption in the neighborhood of 4.5 to 5 percent compared to fuel consumption on a rough pavement ( According to the National Transportation Research Group(TRIP), more than one-quarter (27 percent) of the nation's major urban roads (interstates, freeways and other arterial routes) have pavements that are in substandard condition and provide an unacceptably rough ride to motorists, costing the average urban driver $377 annually, a total of $80 billion nationwide ( Even worse, in some areas, driving on deteriorated roadways costs the average driver more than $800 each year ( Driving on these deteriorated roads increases consumer costs by accelerating vehicle deterioration and depreciation and increasing needed maintenance, fuel consumption and overall tire wear ( costing Americans money. 

Building Smoother Roads to Improve Fuel Efficiency

In order to provide and maintain smoother roads across the country, they need to be constructed and engineered correctly at the beginning of the construction process. In order to do that, the asphalt roads need to be strong, durable and resistant to rutting and cracking, resulting in an extended smooth asphalt life. One way to extend asphalt pavement life is with FORTA-FI®, a high tensile strength synthetic fiber blend formulated to reinforce asphalt mixes in both new construction or overlay projects. The unique fiber blend is designed to enhance your current design mix. The fibers will not melt in the asphalt mix and are known for their strength and durability in both high and low temperatures.

FORTAfied asphalt is stronger asphalt, and builds tougher roads that are both safer, and more fiscally responsible. Today, more than ever, using time and material resources responsibly is everyone's goal, especially when it reduces fuel consumption, which benefits the environment and the consumer’s pockets. FORTA-FI® is uniquely capable of reinforcing all asphalt mixtures allowing for longer and smoother pavement life, which translates into reduced labor, reduced time and reduced logistics thereby reducing overall project costs and the cost of road maintenance, leading to fewer consumer costs, too. 

Overall, by choosing to reinforce asphalt pavement with FORTA-FI®, the nation will be able to slowly make its way to smoother, cost efficient and environmentally friendly roadways for years to come.

Friday, March 24, 2017

The Infrastructure Improvements America Needs

The United States’ system of roads, highways, and bridges are critical in making it possible for the country to function every day. The road networks include more than 4 million miles of public roadways, carrying almost 3 trillion vehicle miles traveled in 2011 alone (American Society of Civil Engineers Report Card). These roadways allow for vital goods to be transported day in and day out. Basically, the nation runs smoothly because we have a way to get around and a way to transport imports, exports and everything in between.

Last week, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) released the 2017 Infrastructure Report Card: an assessment of the status of the United States’ infrastructure. Sadly, the United States received a “D+” grade regarding the nation’s overall infrastructure. Created every 4 years, the report card is organized into infrastructure specific categories, each assigned a letter “grade” and based on the performance and necessary investments for improvement of existing public works. Specifically, America’s roads got a “D” grade because “One out of every five miles of highway pavement is in poor condition and our roads have a significant and increasing backlog of rehabilitation needs” (ASCE Report Card). This valuable report goes to show that America’s infrastructure needs to change. 

The report goes on to suggest that the nation’s state DOT’s and municipalities do invest to repair their roadways each year but fall short when it comes to making sure the investments are focused on the long-term. States and communities tend to focus on the short-term cost savings, instead of realizing that the long-term investments lead to long-term cost savings. Most DOT’s often don’t have the money to make these necessary repairs, however, leaving roads to degrade much quicker, requiring costly construction to replace or repair them, time after time. Often overlooked or pushed to the side, road in need of repair pose safety risks to motorists. The ASCE also mentions that statistics indicate that these roadway conditions are a significant factor in approximately one-third of all U.S. traffic fatalities.

The solution, of course, is to improve the way the roads are managed as a whole. By focusing on the long-term outcome when considering how the roads are initially constructed and replaced, the country’s infrastructure problem can be slowly resolved.  Of course, an excellent solution to this problem is FORTA-FI®, a high tensile strength synthetic fiber blend formulated to reinforce asphalt mixes in both new construction or rehab projects. FORTA-FI® extends the life of asphalt projects which reduces the amount of maintenance costs.

FORTAfied® asphalt provides the benefits of long-term cost savings through extending the life of asphalt, which in this case would benefit the nation’s infrastructure immensely. FORTA-FI® reinforced asphalt for our roads, highways and bridges is the type of infrastructure improvement America needs.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Four Years FORTAfied®!

Left side- unreinforced / Right side- FORTAfied®!

Glenn David Drive- O'Hara Township

This was a test project to determine whether the township engineer wanted to use fiber reinforcement in future projects around the area. To test its success, the road was split in half; one side used FORTA-FI® and the other did not.

Four years later:
We are happy to see that this road has been FORTAfied® for four years and it has minimal signs of cracking and fatigue compared to the unreinforced asphalt mix.

Please contact us for more details on this project!

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

FORTA-FI® Fills in the Gaps- Porous Asphalt

Some questions that arise when someone is considering to use porous asphalt revolve around the durability and resistance against things such as raveling, rutting, and cracking. Yes, the storm water drainage is a plus, but how can it be durable with the large percentage of air voids? This question explains the reputation surrounding porous asphalt of being less durable compared to traditional asphalt. If the porous asphalt has large air voids, one can assume that it would be more susceptible to damage.

How can porous asphalt still retain its permeability and resist rutting and raveling? —Use FORTA-FI® reinforcing fibers!

Wee Burn Country Club in Darien, CT., is the home of a 1-acre porous asphalt pavement parking lot reinforced with FORTA-FI®. By adding FORTA-FI® to the mix, the porous asphalt has a higher resistance to raveling, rutting,  and cracking. How does it work? FORTA-FI® helps to bridge the gap between the aggregates created by the large air voids but does not inhibit the storm water from draining through the surface. The fibers surround the aggregates forming a strong hold but are small enough to retain the permeability of the pavement. By using porous asphalt, issues caused by rainwater can be eliminated, alleviating the strain put on existing storm water management systems.

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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Inside Sales/ Customer Service Opening!

FORTA Corp. is hiring!

FORTA Corporation is looking for a talented, detail oriented, competitive Inside Sales Representative that thrives in a quick sales cycle environment. The successful candidate will play a fundamental role in achieving our ambitious customer service and revenue growth objectives. You must be comfortable making dozens of calls per day, working with sales partners, generating interest, qualifying prospects. 


- Source new sales opportunities through inbound calls and outbound cold calls and emails
- Understand customer needs and requirements
- Route qualified opportunities to the appropriate sales representative for further development and closure
- Research accounts, identify key players and generate interest
- Maintain and expand your database of prospects within your assigned territory
- Team with various channel partners to build pipeline and close deals
- Perform effective online demos to prospects

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Thursday, May 5, 2016

FORTA-FI: Making a Difference

Scott Nazar (3rd from right), posing with other GACofPA volunteers.

The Technical Manager of FORTA-FI, Scott Nazar, volunteered his time by stepping outside the world of fiber reinforcement to participate in a litter pick-up day, which supported the Great American Clean-up of Pennsylvania program. The pick-up was held on April 30, 2016, near Interstate 81 in Dauphin County.

Nazar has been involved with this project for about 10 years and he has even volunteered alongside his daughters. Nazar said, "At the end of the day, the roadsides look so much better and it's great to make a positive difference in the world." 

The event was organized by Greg Penny, Community Relations Coordinator for PennDOT District 8, and was joined by members of the community, as well as the Deputy Secretary for Highway Administration. For more than 25 years, Penny has been organizing litter pick-up days. Penny focuses his efforts in Dauphin County around Lower Paxton and Susquehanna Townships.

Roadway maintenance does not stop at just repairing potholes; it goes beyond. Join us as we keep the roadways clean by disposing of trash correctly. If you would like to participate in a Great American Clean-up of Pennsylvania event, please go to to find a group near you. The program runs until the end of May. 

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Friday, October 30, 2015

Asphalt Sustainability

To put a slightly finer point on last weeks blog  What's So 'Green' About Longer-Lasting Asphalt?;  this weeks blog discusses lessening of CO2 emissions when using longer lasting or thinner pavements.  In 2009, Dr Kamil Kaloush, Associate Professor, Civil, Environmental and Sustainable Engineering and Director of the National Center for Excellence SMART at Arizona State University developed the following formula:

T = thickness of pavement layer, meters
W = width of road, meters
Dn = density of pavement material, kg/m3
Pn = material production value, kg CO2 Eq. /kg 
Mn = material mixing value, kg CO2 Eq.  /kg 
Di = distance from material production site to application site, km
Tp = transport from production site to application site value, kg CO2 Eq.  /kg material-km
Y = road life, years

This equation quantifies the change in emitted CO2 when placing asphalt.  FORTA-FI® the revolutionary, high tensile strength, asphalt reinforcement fiber from FORTA Corporation is the perfect product to demonstrate the utility of this equation.  Tested time and again, FORTA-FI® has shown that this aramid based fiber can either increase the pavement life of a highway or airport by up to 50% (Y) or allow for the placement of the asphalt up to 35% thinner (Dn).  Both of these benefits of FORTA-FI® decrease CO2 emissions because of the lesser amount of product, manpower and energy required to build roads and airports.  Manipulating these two variables will allow us to see how much CO2 emission can be avoided by using FORTA-FI®. 

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