The Secret to Cheap Road Maintenance? Glue.
Like discovering the holy grail of highways Surrey County Council have found a way to save millions a year in tarmac and landfill costs by using a glue like substance.
The method involves taking an existing road and recycling the material with the aforementioned glue substance into a brand new surface. What this means is there is no need to dump of stretches of highways saving landfill costs of 5000 tonnes every year.
Furthermore the process of replacing a road is sped up significantly with highways teams now able to treat up to 1500 square metres a day which is estimated to save up to £2million a year.
John Furey Surrey CC cabinet member for highways said: This exciting new initiative will improve roads while saving us up to £2m a year money we want to spend on improving more roads. It is a cheaper faster and longer-lasting way for us to repair roads.
The new method was applied to a one mile stretch of road in the Horne area and saw what would usually be an eight day closure completed in just four with money saved being reinvested in renewing more road surfaces.
The method part of a £100million Operation Horizon programme will only be introduced to rural and residential roads where specialist repairs are needed.Written by Philip Adams
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