Bitumen Removal


Newly laid road surfaces are characterised by excess binder film that coats the aggregate. This not only results in skid resistance issues but also prevents high-friction surfacing from being applied until traffic has worn away the excess binder from the bitumen-rich surface.

Hydroblasting allows the removal of excess bitumen from brand-new roads at junctions and roundabouts, allowing high-friction surfacing to be laid the next day. This method of accelerating wear has no detrimental effect on the highway surface and yet secures significant cost savings through reductions in contractors' construction schedules.

Hydroblasting can also be used to remove the excess binder in specialist materials such as AXO-GOLD, which is a decorative surfacing material that requires the top layer of binder to be removed to reveal the attractive gravel underneath. Once the surface has been laid, the hydroblasting process is used to blast off the film of binder on the top of the surface. This will allow the gravel coloured aggregate to become exposed, leaving a highly desirable finish.

The hydroblasting process creates no smoke, fumes or dust and the result is a clean, undamaged and almost dry surface. Safe and rapid operation ensures that disruption to traffic flows is kept to a minimum.

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New penalties to help tackle tailgating

Under new measures announced recently by Road Safety Minister, Stephen Hammond, careless drivers face on-the-spot fixed penalty notices.

Stephen Hammond & Government plans to get tough on dangerous drivers

Outlined the government’s actions and plans aimed at reducing road accidents through local decision making, tougher action against dangerous drivers and better education, especially for young drivers.

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