Ruston Paving Co., Inc.

Full Depth Reclamation (FDR)

A Definition of FDR:

"Full-depth reclamation is a reclamation technique in which the full flexible pavement section and a predetermined portion of the underlying materials are uniformly crushed, pulverized, or blended, resulting in a stabilized base course. Further stabilization may be obtained through the use of available additives."

-Asphalt Recycling & Reclaiming Association

Full Depth Reclamation

The Benefits of FDR:


  • In-place recycling means no hauling away or importing of new material.


  • Recycling existing materials saves natural resources and energy.


  • Existing materials stay on site eliminating unnecessary trucking and disposal costs.
  • Future maintenance costs are reduced by improving product performance.
  • Savings realized by reduced pavement sections.


  • Eliminates material disposal concerns.
  • Pollution resulting from heating mixing and hauling are reduced.


  • Full depth process eliminates concerns of reflective cracking.
  • Improved resistance to frost penetration in sub-grade.
Reduced Moisture Susceptibility Reduced Pavement Sections Full Depth Reclamation Benefits

The FDR Construction Process:

Recycler Milling Drum Full Depth Reclamation Process

View a short 3 minute video of the process on:YouTube

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