This paper studies the modification of petroleum bitumen with epoxy resin. Different amounts of epoxy were doped into bitumen with 50/70 penetration grade and variations in viscosity as a function of temperature and additive concentration were determined. The effects of the epoxy additive were examined by rheometer, penetration, softening point, DSR (dynamic shear rheometer), DSC (differential scanning calorimeter), RTFOT (rolling thin film oven test), PAV (pressure aging vessel), BBR (bending beam rheometer) and surface tension tests. Adhesion and stability of bitumen aggregate mixtures prepared using original and modified bitumen were compared using Nicholson stripping and Marshall tests. The optimum dosage of the additive yielding the best rheological and performance properties was found to be 2% (w/w). Appreciable decrease in the formation of rutting, bleeding, stripping and cracking of modified bitumen may be obtained through epoxy addition. (C) 2008 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.