Contractors Lay Down a Record-Breaking Amount of Tarmac in One Single Night

In most construction and paving projects, laying down tarmac is lengthy and time-consuming work. Road surfacing needs to be done in a very careful and precise manner, as all construction and paving companies would attest.

Laying four times the traditional amount of tarmac in one night!

Laying four times the traditional amount of tarmac in one night!

But in a recent project undertaken in Leyland for part of the M6 (right between the two junctions of 27 and 28) in the latter part of May, contractors were able to break records by laying down an outstanding amount of road surface or tarmac – over 1000 tonnes – in one single night.


The project

Balfour Beatty Mott MacDonald, a contractor group working in conjunction with Highways England, was able to carry out this work on a stretch of the M26 totaling two miles. For the project, the group was able to lay down 13200 sq. metres of road surface or tarmac. In fact, the amount of tarmac laid down by the contractor in one night is four times more than the usual shift for resurfacing. 


How they did it

The project took on 25 employees for each night, and the entire project was finished on the second night. The prep work was undertaken on a Friday evening, which also included planning for the current road surface and the repair of potholes and major cracks.

A lane was closed on the next day (Saturday) as well, in order to make sure the road surface (which was still unfinished) was adequately protected. This closure was also useful for crews who had to concentrate on laying down the new road surface or tarmac on the same Saturday evening.

In a standard road surfacing project, workers would have been on the motorway for about a week, just to make sure that small parts or sections of the road could be repaired as well as resurfaced every night.

Highways England’s project manager, John Lyssejko, stated that they really wanted to do things in a different manner – but they also wanted to make sure that the highest standards were maintained and the impact on motorists would be reduced as well. Mr. Lyssejko further stated that this new and innovative working method for road re-surfacing was able to help them achieve their main goals.

Mr. Lyssejko added that the response to the road re-surfacing method has been nothing but positive. He went on to say that now that they have been able to prove it works, they can already use the same method with other industry players.

The project took a little more than two nights and there was no record of mishaps or incidents with safety. All the detectors for traffic level, road marks, and road studs on the surface of the road were also efficiently replaced. The machinery used included more than a dozen tippers, several rollers, one planer and paver, and one sprayer.




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Posted on 04 Jul 2016 in News

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