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Road surface record

Road surface record 3x2

When it comes to laying a fast road surface Balfour Beatty Mott MacDonald and Highways England are record breakers.

A new road surfacing method allowed a crew to lay 1,100t in one night, a rate four times higher than on an average shift.

Working between junctions 28 and 27 on the M6, the crew covered 13,200m2 – enough for two football pitches.

The two-night operation involved 25 workers. Planning and preparation took place on a Friday night, with a lane closure on Saturday to protect the unfinished road surface. This allowed the crew to focus entirely on laying 50mm deep tarmac on the Saturday night. 

The crew laid an average of 163.7t of road surface every hour. On the Saturday night shift 1,146.3t were laid. 

A normal operation would take seven nights to allow repairs and resurfacing on the carriageway.

“We’re keen to do things differently, maintain high standards and reduce the impact on drivers and this new method of working ticks every box,” said Highways England project manager John Lyssejko.

“Now we know how well it works, and we are confident that we can maintain safety, we can start to look to use the method elsewhere on the network.”

Machinery used for the project:

  • 14 tippers
  • Three rollers
  • Three traffic management vehicle
  • Two crew buses
  • One planer
  • One paver
  • One sprayer
  • One sweeper
  • One JCB
  • One detectors wagon
  • One line marking and stud wagon


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