How does Full-Depth Reclamation (FDR) work?

• Published on June 12, 2023


Full Depth Reclamation (FDR) is a technique that pulverizes the existing pavement materials with the underlying layers of the road, mixes in Portland cement or asphalt emulsion, then followed by compaction and regrading. This process recycles the existing pavement and base layers to create a new road base.

Compared to completely removing the existing roadway, FDR offers several advantages. It is more cost-effective by eliminating the need to excavate and remove the existing roadway materials while reducing the need to import new materials other than the stabilizing agent. Reducing the amount of work required leads to time savings, less traffic disruption, quicker road reopening, as well as a greener process due to less waste and no need for new materials. One more added benefit is being able to possibly reduce the pavement thickness due to the solid base provided by the FDR process.

To decide if FDR is right for your project, Cem-Base can help with an evaluation of the existing pavement and base layers to see if it is a good candidate. Contact us today!

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