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Road surface

A road surface or pavement is the durable surface material laid down on an area intended to sustain vehicular or foot traffic, such as a road or walkway. In the past, gravel road surfaces and granite setts were extensively used, but these surfaces have been replaced by asphalt or concrete laid on a compacted base course. Asphalt mixtures have been used in pavement construction since the beginning of the twentieth century; these roads are of unmetalled roads. The metalled roadways are made to sustain vehicular load, so these type of roads are made in the places where a lot of vehicles cross daily. Unmetalled roads are the roads which are rough and are known as gravel roads; these roads are not metalled and so they can't sustain a lot of weight. So, the reason that these roads have bumps. Road surfaces are marked to guide traffic. Today, permeable paving methods are beginning to be used for low-impact walkways. Pavements are crucial to countries such as US and Canada, which depend on road transportation.

Therefore, research projects such as Long-Term Pavement Performance are launched to optimize the life-cycle of different road surfaces. Asphalt, sometimes called flexible pavement due to the nature in which it distributes loads, has been used since the 1920s; the viscous nature of the bitumen binder allows asphalt concrete to sustain significant plastic deformation, although fatigue from repeated loading over time is the most common failure mechanism. Most asphalt surfaces are laid on a gravel base, at least as thick as the asphalt layer, although some'full depth' asphalt surfaces are laid directly on the native subgrade. In areas with soft or expansive subgrades such as clay or peat, thick gravel bases or stabilization of the subgrade with Portland cement or lime may be required. Polypropylene and polyester geosynthetics have been used for this purpose and in some northern countries, a layer of polystyrene boards have been used to delay and minimize frost penetration into the subgrade. Depending on the temperature at which it is applied, asphalt is categorized as hot mix, warm mix, or cold mix.

Hot mix asphalt is applied at temperatures over 300 °F with a free floating screed. Warm mix asphalt is applied at temperatures of 200–250 °F, resulting in reduced energy usage and emissions of volatile organic compounds. Cold mix asphalt is used on lower-volume rural roads, where hot mix asphalt would cool too much on the long trip from the asphalt plant to the construction site. An asphalt concrete surface will be constructed for high-volume primary highways having an average annual daily traffic load greater than 1200 vehicles per day. Advantages of asphalt roadways include low noise low cost compared with other paving methods, perceived ease of repair. Disadvantages include less durability than other paving methods, less tensile strength than concrete, the tendency to become slick and soft in hot weather and a certain amount of hydrocarbon pollution to soil and groundwater or waterways. In the mid-1960s, rubberized asphalt was used for the first time, mixing crumb rubber from used tires with asphalt.

While a potential use for tires that would otherwise fill landfills and present a fire hazard, rubberized asphalt has shown greater incidence of wear in freeze-thaw cycles in temperate zones due to non-homogeneous expansion and contraction with non-rubber components. The application of rubberized asphalt is more temperature-sensitive, in many locations can only be applied at certain times of the year. Study results of the long-term acoustic benefits of rubberized asphalt are inconclusive. Initial application of rubberized asphalt may provide 3–5 decibels reduction in tire-pavement source noise emissions. Compared to traditional passive attenuating measures, rubberized asphalt provides shorter-lasting and lesser acoustic benefits at much greater expense. Concrete surfaces are created using a concrete mix of Portland cement, coarse aggregate and water. In all modern mixes there will be various admixtures added to increase workability, reduce the required amount of water, mitigate harmful chemical reactions and for other beneficial purposes.

In many cases there will be Portland cement substitutes added, such as fly ash. This can improve its physical properties; the material is applied in a freshly mixed slurry, worked mechanically to compact the interior and force some of the cement slurry to the surface to produce a smoother, denser surface free from honeycombing. The water allows the mix to combine molecularly in a chemical reaction called hydration. Concrete surfaces have been classified into three common types: jointed plain, jointed reinforced and continuously reinforced; the one item that distinguishes each type is the jointing system used to control crack development. One of the major advantages of concrete pavements is they are stronger and more durable than asphalt roadways, they can be grooved to provide a durable skid-resistant surface. A notable disadvantage is that they can have a higher initial cost, can be more time-consuming to construct; this cost can be offset through the long life cycle of the pavement. Concrete pavement can be maintained over time utilizing a series of methods known as concrete pavement restoration which include diamond grinding, dowel bar retrofits and crack sealing

Brandon Lee Rudat

Brandon Lee Rudat is an American journalist and television anchor. Rudat started his professional career as an intern on the Today Show in New York City and a producer for WNBC's Today in New York where he covered the 9/11 terrorist attacks and aftermath. Rudat relocated to Maryland where he worked as the morning anchor and reporter for WHAG-TV, NBC 25. Rudat has worked as a political reporter for a cable news network in New York and a fill-in anchor at WVIT based out of Hartford, notably for his investigative reporting of illegal street vendors and manufacturers of illegal fire extinguishers. Rudat worked with the 7News team out of Boston, until April 2009 and subsequently went to KTLA Channel 5 in Los Angeles from June 2009 until April 2010. From May 2010 to July 2013, Rudat was employed by CBS Atlanta, the CBS affiliate in Atlanta, as the anchor of CBS Atlanta's morning show, Better Mornings Atlanta, he did a cameo as a news anchor in the 2011 film Green Hornet. On January 29, 2014 he joined KTVK 3, based in Phoenix as an anchor of the show Good Evening Arizona.

In Phoenix he's known as Brandon Lee. In May 2007, Rudat won an Emmy for an exclusive story he did about a fire chief, a convicted child sex offender, he was nominated for eight other Emmy Awards including Best Investigative Reporting and for his work at the 2006 Winter Olympic Games in Torino, Italy. Rudat is a graduate of New York University and is the recipient of an Associated Press award for Best Enterprise Reporting. Brandon Rudat on IMDb

Princess Louise of Orange-Nassau

Princess Frederica Louise Wilhelmina of Orange-Nassau was a Hereditary Princess of Brunswick. She was known in the family as "Loulou". Louise was Prince of Orange and Wilhelmina of Prussia. In accordance to the new fashion of childcare in the late 18th-century, her mother supervised her upbringing in contrast to what had been the case for children of her class, she was devoted to her mother and had a close relationship to her her entire life. Louise was educated by her governess Victoire E. Hollard and professor Herman Tollius and instructed in the Dutch language and Dutch religion, though her first language was French, as was the custom for European royalty at the time, she was interested in music and writing, participated in amateur theater and was instructed in music by Johan Colizzi. Louise was at one point proposed to by the Crown Prince of Prussia. In 1789, Charles William Ferdinand, Duke of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel formally made her a proposal of marriage on behalf of his eldest son and heir, Karl Georg August, Hereditary Prince of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel.

The marriage was seen as a suitable gesture of gratitude and alliance between the House of Orange and the Duke of Brunswick, who had assisted her parents during the Dutch rebellion in 1787. Louise was not forced to agree, but she accepted well aware of the fact that it was difficult for her to find another spouse of suitable rank and religion; the wedding was conducted 14 October 1790 in Haag, the spouse settled in Brunswick. Louise was homesick in Brunswick, experienced a difficulty to adapt to new customs and missed the more vivid culture life in the Netherlands, she started a correspondence with her mother, her governess and former tutor, preserved and regarded as an important source of contemporary life at the Brunswick court. Her spouse was born mentally restricted as well as blind and she was more of a nurse than a spouse to him, described as dependent of her. In 1791, she commented in a letter in which she expressed no lamentation about the fact that her marriage was childless and rather seemed pleased with it.

The fact that the heir of the Duchy had not children and was not expected to have any, resulted in him having to renounce his position as heir to his younger brother. When her parents was forced to flee the Netherlands in 1795, she lost her personal income and became financially dependent on her in-laws; the Swedish Princess Hedwig Elizabeth Charlotte described her, as well as her family, at the time of her visit in August, 1799: Our cousin, the Duke, arrived the next morning. As a noted military man he has won many victories, he is witty, literal and a pleasant acquaintance, but ceremonial beyond description, he is said to be quite strict, but a good father of the nation who attends to the needs of his people. After he left us, I visited the aunt of my consort, she is an agreeable educated and well respected lady, but by now so old that she has lost her memory. From her I continued to sister to the King of England and a typical English woman, she looked simple, like a vicar's wife, has I am sure many admirable qualities and are respectable, but lacks manners.

She makes the strangest questions without considering how unpleasant they can be. Both the Hereditary Princess as well as Princess Augusta — sister of the sovereign Duke — came to her while I was there; the former is delightful, lovable and clever, not a beauty but still pretty. In addition, she is said to be admirably kind to her boring consort; the Princess Augusta is full of wit and energy and amusing. The Duchess and the Princesses followed me to Richmond, the country villa of the Duchess a bit outside of town, it was pretty with a beautiful little park, all in an English style. As she had the residence constructed herself, it amuses her to show it to others; the sons of the Ducal couple are somewhat peculiar. The Hereditary Prince and fat blind and odd — if not to say an imbecile — attempts to imitate his father but only makes himself artificial and unpleasant, he does not know what he says and is in all aspects unbearable. He is accommodating but a poor thing, loves his consort to the point of worship and is governed by her.

The other son, Prince Georg, is the most ridiculous person imaginable, so silly that he can never be left alone but is always accompanied by a courtier. The third son is described as an original. I never saw him; the fourth one is the only normal one, but torments his parents by his immoral behavior. In 1806, she was widowed, when her father died in exile, her widowed mother joined her in Brunswick; the same year, the Duchy was invaded by France, she left Brunswick for Switzerland with her mother. She and her mother experienced a difficult period travelling with little money. In 1807, they reached her mother's family in Prussia, where they settled, she joined her former husband's family in England. In 1814, she settled in the Netherlands with her mother, spending the winters in the Hague and the summers in the country estate Zorgvliet outside Haarlem nearby her mother's estate. 28 November 1770 – 14 October 1790 Her Serene Highness Princess Frederika Louise Wilhelmina of Orange 14 October 1790 – 15 October 1806 Her Serene Highness The Hereditary Princess of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel 15 Oc