Cashstrapped council to use old road surfaces to create new ones
THRIFTY North Somerset Council is to recycle old roads and use them to create new ones.
The cashstrapped authority, tasked with saving £90 million over seven years, is to trail a new process called Retread which recycles old carriageways to form a new road surface.
The money saving method will see the existing carriageway raked, scraped and broken down to form the new profile of the road, during which rolling is carried out to allow traffic to pass during the works.
A coating of bitumen and a layer of chippings are applied to seal the new road surface.
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It is then common for the road to be surface-dressed the same year to reseal the surface.
The Retread process uses much less raw materials, compared with conventional road resurfacing and will save an estimated £60,000.
Many older roads contain tar bound materials and these are classified as hazardous waste under an EU directive.
As part of resurfacing maintenance work these materials often need to be disposed of at specialist waste sites, which is a costly process.
The authority will use the method for the first time when resurfacing Byron Road and Grenville Avenue in Locking, Weston-super-Mare, with work starting on March 4.
North Somerset Council executive member for highways, Councillor Elfan Ap Rees, said: "Retread offers reduced costs, value for money, negligible waste production and significantly reduces the time the works take, disruption and landfill costs.
" We're able to carry out road maintenance in a more environmentally friendly manner."
The work in Locking will take three weeks, during which a temporary road closure will be in operation.
The work will be phased in order to keep disruption to residents and local businesses to a minimum.
A signed diversion route will be in place to divert motorists wishing to access either end of the Byron Road/ Grenville Avenue area.
The works, which will also involve extensive kerb repairs, will cost in the region of £39,000.