New and Innovative Road Resurfacing Solution Used by A-One+ on the A1

There has been plenty of innovation in recent years when it comes to construction technology, particularly in regards to road building and resurfacing and the materials that are used. Today, we see new evidence of innovation in a project being undertaken by A-one+ for the resurfacing of an area of the A1 at Northumberland, particularly in Brownieside.

New tarmac recycling machinery used on the A1

New tarmac recycling machinery used on the A1

The road resurfacing project carried out by A-one+ is set to resurface about one mile of the road network, and the machinery used is actually the first of its kind in the UK. So what makes this machinery so distinct and innovative? For one, the machinery permits recycling of the road’s underlying levels or layers. The old road surface materials are churned up and then combined with some new road material within the machine’s body. After the old and new materials are combined, the machine can then lay the resulting road surface back down on the road.

 

Innovation - and a time- and energy-saving solution

Aside from combining the old and the new road materials, the machine’s technology also allows for faster resurfacing. In fact, about a thousand tonnes every hour can actually be resurfaced, which is a far cry from the usual average of only about a hundred tonnes every hour. Additionally, the machine’s technology is not only able to fix and resurface a larger road area every hour – it has also led to a decrease in the use of stone from quarries for the project – a reduction of about 75 percent. Furthermore, with the new technology, landfill waste is lessened by as much as 66 percent as well. Petrol is also saved as there are fewer trips lorries have to take from the site and back, which is another significant 70 percent reduction.

 

The future impact of the technology

According to Steve Bishop, project manager for Highways England, the technology is indeed great news for the many motorists in the North East using major roads and motorways every single day. These motorists will have a smoother as well as safer time traversing the roads, and the technology is also set to benefit road construction and resurfacing projects in the future. With the new technology, teams can resurface larger road areas as well as benefit from a reduction in expense due to fewer trips for the construction vehicles. What’s more, the road surface actually has a lifespan of about ten years (even more), so repairs will not need to be carried out on the road as often, resulting in less inconvenience for motorists as well. 

Whilst this is a first in the UK, the technology and process has already been used in the US, China, and France. 

Posted on 12 Sep 2016 in Recycling

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