Why EPS Geofoam Makes Sense for Highway Construction

Infrastructure continues to be a priority as America’s population grows. From shore to shore, we are continually having to build new roads and bridges. Enter EPS geofoam. As a leading supplier of EPS products, we can tell you that EPS geofoam makes a lot of sense for highway construction. It can be utilized as fill material or manufactured as structural foam blocks.

EPS geofoam is often utilized to reduce vertical stress on underlying soil. It has lots of advantages over more traditional materials. We will get into those advantages in the paragraphs below. Please do not hesitate to contact Epsilyte to learn more about EPS applications for infrastructure.

Basic Properties of EPS

EPS (expanded polystyrene) is a light foam plastic that can be manufactured as pellets or blocks. It offers several key properties that make it an excellent choice for highway construction as a filler or structural support material. The first is a relatively high weight-to strength ratio. EPS is almost a hundred times lighter than most soils, yet it is extremely strong. In addition, EPS offers:

  • Good puncture strength.
  • Good abrasion resistance.
  • Excellent vapor transmission.
  • Chemical resistance.
  • Flexibility.

Each EPS application requires taking a good look at the specifications of the road construction project at hand. Match the right EPS geofoam to the needs of the project and you are in good shape. Epsilyte customers use EPS geofoam for infrastructure projects involving:

  • Road and highway construction.
  • Temporary roads and bridges.
  • New bridge abutments.
  • Landscaping for landslide protection.
  • Retaining wall systems.
  • Railway track systems.
  • Airfield surfaces.

The number of applications for EPS geofoam is already pretty extensive. The more often EPS is utilized for infrastructure, the more we discover new applications for which it seems ideal. It makes sense to use EPS geofoam when traditional soils are not capable of delivering up to specs.

Valid Reasons for Choosing EPS Geofoam

So, why would engineers choose to use EPS geofoam over natural soils? First and foremost, they tend to get better results with EPS. This is especially true in areas where weak soil jeopardizes a project. EPS geofoam can handle jobs that natural soils cannot.

EPS geofoam is also a good choice for projects with short timelines. The material can be delivered and deployed at a faster rate than most soils. When a project is crunched for time, it is simply faster to use EPS.

Next up, EPS geofoam can cost less than natural soil on many jobs. Foot for foot, you get a better filler or structural material for less money. The money saved can be put into other aspects of the project to prevent cost overruns.

EPS geofoam also offers soil frost protection. And finally, depending on the project, choosing EPS geofoam can help project engineers meet LEED credit requirements. In turn, meeting the requirements is good for a company’s reputation and brand.

A Commonsense Alternative for Your Next Project

All of Epsilyte’s modified UL-certified building and construction grade materials, including our EPS geofoam, represent highly versatile alternatives for a variety of applications. With EPS geofoam, you get a durable and lightweight material that is also environmentally friendly. We invite you to contact us to learn more about it.

As infrastructure projects move forward across the country, engineers are continually looking for new and better materials to do what they do. Infrastructure technology is improving with each passing year, suggesting that traditional materials will eventually be left behind. You can get in on the ground floor of infrastructure’s future by looking into EPS geofoam. You might be surprised by how well this lightweight plastic can be incorporated into your projects.