HAMPSHIRE County Council’s innovative Operation Resilience team is trialling a new ‘greener’ material to repair roads.
The new ‘warm mix asphalt’, which is going to be tested in five areas across Hampshire, is almost identical to conventional road-repair materials already being used on the county’s roads, except it has considerable environmental benefits.
The new material is to be piloted in Denmead, Awbridge, Wickham, Owslebury, and The Hundred, Romsey.
As well as delivering greater value for money, warm-mix asphalt contains more recycled materials than conventional road-repair material, making it more environmentally friendly. The manufacturing also uses less energy in the heating and drying process – dramatically reducing its carbon footprint.
Being a warm mix, the material is also delivered and laid at a much lower temperature, reducing the risk to workers and the public who are passing by. Warm-mix asphalt is laid at around 100-150C, which is typically 50 degrees below that of conventional hot-mix asphalt.
Rob Humby (pictured), the county council’s executive member for environment and transport, said: “Hampshire County Council is committed to ensuring recycled materials are used wherever possible when maintaining Hampshire’s roads, making it kinder to the environment. Thanks to our size, capacity and expertise serving the entire county, we are well-placed to be able to trial new, innovative materials and best-practice to benefit the whole of Hampshire.
“Hampshire County Council maintains more than 5,280 miles of roads in Hampshire and If the trial is successful, then we will be rolling out the use of this material across the county which could result in future cost savings for Hampshire taxpayers.”