such a program, the lifespan of asphalt structures is drastically reduced. Cracks will start showing up, and over time, the asphalt will start to resemble loose gravel. This does not mean that asphalt is not a very strong material—it can take a lot of punishment on its own. But when you throw in temperature variations, pressure from heavy vehicles and other stress factors, asphalt will eventually succumb and start showing signs of wear and tear. This is where maintenance comes in. It is an expense that is meant to offset other, much larger expenses that come in the form of repairs and new asphalt installations.