Trials for a ‘Greener’ Mix Asphalt Underway in Hampshire

The County Council for Hampshire has recently begun trials for a ‘greener’ mix of warm asphalt, which is known for using less energy as well as allowing operators to reduce expenses for thousands of kilometers of road networks in the area.   The Operation Resilience workers of the County Council have started deploying the ‘greener’ mix on various repairs along its highways, particularly across five key areas in Hampshire. The special asphalt is put or laid down at about 100 to up to 150 degrees C, which means that this asphalt is laid down around 50 degrees lower than that of the standard hot asphalt mix.    

Reduces the material’s carbon footprint!

Reduces the material’s carbon footprint!

A very similar material – but with added benefits

According to the Hampshire County Council, the ‘greener’ mix is very similar or close in nature to standard or traditional materials used for road repair on the area’s road networks, but it offers substantial benefits to the environment as well. These benefits include the use of more recycled matter or materials, which also results in lower costs and enhanced value for money.

 

The mix’s process of manufacturing also makes use of less energy, especially in regards to the drying and heating process. This, in turn, also substantially reduces the material’s carbon footprint. And since the material is applied at a lower temperature, this also results in a reduction of risk for accidents amongst road users as well as workers.

 

County Council expresses optimism

 

According to the Hampshire County Council’s member for environment and transport, Councilor Rob Humby, the size, expertise, and capacity of the county council for serving the whole county allows it to try out new and more innovative as well as environmentally-friendly materials as well as best practices that benefit the entire county.

 

Councilor Humby added that Hampshire is responsible for maintaining more than 5280 miles (around 8497 kilometres), and if the trial for the ‘greener’ mix proves to be a success, the county council will make it a point to use this same material throughout the entire county, which will also potentially result in expense savings in the future for taxpayers in Hampshire.

On a side note, the Hampshire County Council’s long-standing highways agreement with firm Amey is set to end this August, and another reputable firm, Skanska, is supposed take over. The deal is estimated to be worth about £1.5 billion throughout a span of 12 years.

 

A spokesperson for the Hampshire County Council has stated to the Transport Network that they hope to go on with the agreement and contract, but they are not able to give confirmation at the present time if they will still go through with the mobilisation of the agreement or contract. 

Posted on 24 Jul 2017 in News

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