As winter tightens its grip on the UK, severe flooding and extreme weather conditions are causing massive damage to British roads. In large areas of the country, potholes as large as 6 inches deep are being formed in highways by receding floodwaters and freezing temperatures. As reported in the Sunday Times, Local Authorities are struggling to cope with the sheer scale of the damage caused and some claim that many roads will remain closed for months.
Estimates place the scale of the damage as being close to 2 million potholes requiring repair this winter, whereas last year’s figure was around the 1.7 million mark. The Asphalt Industry Alliance (AIA), which collates this data, has also speculated that this figure may rise as high as a record breaking 2.2 million. Many councils including Devon, Bradford and Warwickshire, are already claiming that their roads are in worse condition than two years ago. As a result, motorists are forced to travel at extremely slow speeds through affected areas, while risking serious damage to their cars.
As part of a preventative measure against pothole formation, ARS offers several reinforcement systems that provide a moisture barrier for pavement foundations. Our product range caters for any reinforcement need by combining the latest technologies for longer life cycles, a reduction in maintenance costs and savings in natural resources due to prolonged service intervals.
Most councils classify potholes exceeding 2 inches deep as being in urgent need of repair requiring maintenance within 24 hours. Some of the more heavily affected areas, such as in Somerset where strips of tarmac as large as 5m were torn from the road by floods, expect the repairs to take years.
Areas most affected include the South West of England, Wales and the East of Scotland, but the problems span most of Britain. In Devon a 300ft stretch of rural road was destroyed by floodwater; whilst a carriageway collapse in Oxfordshire led to road closures likely to last for 6 months.
Asphalt Reinforcement Systems Ltd are distributors and installers of pavement reinforcement systems in the UK. Our expert technical team truly understand the pavement reinforcement challenges brought about by flooding and extreme weather conditions and we believe that we can offer you the very best technically advanced pavement reinforcing solutions.
For more information on maintenance solutions for flood damaged pavements or to discuss any other asphalt reinforcement requirements, call us today.
Asphalt Reinforcement Services improving the skill set.
Asphalt Reinforcement Services has become the first Road Surface Treatments Association contractor to have a qualified assessor status for delivery of QCF National Vocational Qualifications for Geosynthetics and Steel Meshes.
Assessor Status means that it has been able to support it’s learners with on the job training and on the job assessment to level 2 NVQ. The qualifications gained by the workforce, demonstrate their competence to potential clients in installing geosynthetics and steel meshes.
This comes at a time when the market is calling for more technical competence in the area of bound surface treatments to meet health and safety requirements and deliver best practice.
We are preparing to put all our workforce through for QCF NVQ qualifications in accordance with NHSS 13 to support our customers.
Introducing GlasGrid® CG100L
As part of our commitment to offering you the most technically efficient reinforcement solutions, we are pleased to announce the introduction of CG100L to our product range.
CG100L is a new addition to our manufacturer’s GlasGrid CompoGrid (CG) range and will be available from 7th June 2012.
The in-service performance of CG100L is as high as the standard CG100, but the enhanced technical and environmental benefits of using it make CG100L a very effective alternative.
The benefits of using CG100L are:
• absorbent geo-textile enhances bond
• environmentally-friendly geo-textile reduces carbon footprint
• acts as a moisture barrier
• reduces repair costs
• matches design requirements
• saves time and money
• provides rapid strength
• offers reliable, long-term performance
• not damaged by hot asphalt during paving operations