The Central Coast Council has become the first Australian region to utilise an innovative new road laying technology.

The Council is continuing to deliver essential services during COVID-19 including road maintenance and construction. 

Recently, the Council used a new road stabilising and paving technology to lay foamed bitumen in a way that was faster and produced a more consistent road surface, with an increased use of recycled road pavement and less greenhouse emissions.

Council Director of Roads Transport Drainage and Waste, Boris Bolgoff, said the exciting new road construction technique will be revolutionary in Australia.

“We are very excited to be the first Council in Australia to deliver a range of road construction benefits for our community by using this innovative technique,” Mr Bolgoff said.

“Not only does this equipment deliver a superior finished product in less time, it also reuses more of the existing road material and reduces greenhouse emissions.

“The technology essentially combines a series of machines into one interconnected production line spanning 50m.

“Existing damaged road pavement is ripped up, mixed with new bitumen, before being discharged onto a conveyor at the back of the machine. The final steps see a paving machine lay the road pavement at a precise height and then rollers work along behind to compact the material.

“The entire process happens in one continuous ‘train’, which significantly minimises truck movements and the need to grade the road into its final shape.”

The Council is working with contractor Stabilised Pavements Australia (SPA) to deliver the benefits of the Australian-first use of this technology, with the first road projects on the Coast taking place at Kulnura (Wisemans Ferry Road) and Chain Valley Bay Road (Chain Valley Bay).

Central Coast Mayor, Lisa Matthews, said the Council is establishing itself as a leader in the use of exciting new road construction technologies.

“During this extremely difficult time for our community, Council is committed to delivering essential services and this includes maintaining and developing our 2200km network of roads in line with State and Federal legislation, whilst adhering to  social physical distancing requirements,” Mayor Matthews said.

“The use of this fantastic new road construction system – a first in our country – is another example of Council and its stakeholders thinking outside the box to deliver for our community.

“This machinery produces a more consistent finish in less time whilst also being better for our environment – all big wins for our community.”

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