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Macadam

A native of Southern Pennsylvania has always used the term macadam in place of asphalt. Martha traces the word from an old gravel road to the modern day tarmac. This is part of a complete episode.

weeper

weeper  n.—Gloss: Related to the meaning of weeper ‘a hole or pipe in a wall to allow water to run off.’ «Six inches of rain between Friday night and Sunday afternoon proved too much for track crews. Crews fought a day-long...

hot-in-place

hot-in-place  n.— «A process known as “hot-in-place” treatment will also be used to extend the life of some city streets. Dopp described the process as a way to recycle existing road materials by heating the surface and then...

underperforming asphalt

underperforming asphalt  n.— «In auto-dependent suburbs that were built without a traditional center, shopping malls offer the chance to create downtowns without destroying existing infrastructure, by recycling what’s known as...

turfcrete

turfcrete  n.— «Residents would have to use asphalt, cement, bricks or something called “turfcrete” for their new parking spots, and the spots would have to be perpendicular to the roadway instead of parallel.» —“Planners...

neckdown

neckdown  n.— «At their best, Greenstreets—the pint-sized green spaces that Parks began planting in 1996—have served as modest traffic-calming measures, displacing asphalt with patches of greenery that send cues to slow down. The new breed...