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Highway repairs without tears

While Active Traffic Management (ATM) may mean less road building, our existing roads must still be maintained. And pressure to close roads for repairs for shorter and shorter periods is increasing.

Cheshire-based materials specialist Stirling Lloyd’s Safetrack range of highway maintenance products can be applied easily and last for longer.

Bitumen typically needs to be heated to around 200˚C before it is liquid enough to apply to road surfaces. This is standard practice, but it carries some risk especially if workers have to operate in relatively remote areas, away from strict supervision.

This new range of products is based on cold reactive resins, mixed on site and applied as a liquid, curing rapidly to form a highly durable surface.

This allows permanent first time re-instatement but also improves safety for road users while greatly reducing health and safety risks for operatives during road maintenance.

Development director Mike Harper says: “Pressures on our highways network are greater now than ever before, which leads to increased requirements for maintenance.

At the same time, there is a dwindling skills base across the industry and there is always increasing pressure for out of hours working.”
Harper has identified a variety of tasks – including anti-skid, road colour and line markings, overbanding, crack infill and patch repair – which can benefit from this cold plastic technology for the first time.

He believes that the new products are safer, better for the environment and longer lasting, reducing repetitive maintenance. Eliminating on site boilers, reduces CO2 emissions.

The products have anti-skid certification and road markings are BSI certificated for use on the Highways Agency’s roads.

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