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October 30, 2014

Readymade Bitumen

Coimbatore Mayor P. Rajkumar (second right) with Commissioner S. Ganesh (right) and Deputy Commissioner P. Gandhimathi (third right) inspecting the wet tar mix that was applied on a pothole on experimental basis on Thadagam Road on Tuesday. – PHOTO: S. SIVA SARAVANAN
Coimbatore Mayor P. Rajkumar (second right) with Commissioner S. Ganesh (right) and Deputy Commissioner P. Gandhimathi (third right) inspecting the wet tar mix that was applied on a pothole on experimental basis on Thadagam Road on Tuesday. – PHOTO: S. SIVA SARAVANAN

It can be used as easily as dumping gravel in potholes

Coimbatore Corporation has begun exploring the possibility of using readymade bitumen mix to fill potholes, whose various incarnations are across the city. 

The suggestion for using the readymade bitumen, which could be used with as much ease as dumping gravel in potholes, came after Mayor P. Rajkumar, Commissioner S. Ganesh and Deputy Commissioner P. Gandhimathi inspected the use of the bitumen mix, called ‘Road Bond’, on Thadagam Road on Tuesday.
Hindustan Colas Limited, a unit of Hindustan Petroleum, has been marketing to various government agencies, the use of the bitumen mix, which has unheated mineral aggregate and emulsified bitumen.

V. Vijayaraghavan, Regional Business Head – South Zone, says that the Chennai Corporation has taken up the suggestion to use Road Bond to not only fill potholes but also lay roads.

The advantages of using the product are that no heating is required, it has consistent mix quality, has resistance to peel off under traffic, is environment friendly and needs minimum human resource to be spread on the road. 

He says that after the company mooted the proposal to the Central Government the product is being used in laying rural roads. Another plus is that Road Bond can be used even when the surface is wet and it is drizzling. Commissioner Mr. Ganesh says that the civic body has to study the impact of using the product, its quality, longevity and above all the economics of the process.

Source- The Hindu

June 23, 2014

No Bitumen Road for Serengetti



The East African Court of Justice yesterday delivered a long awaited ruling on the case brought against the Tanzanian government by ANAW and others, seeking to restrain them permanently from building a highway across the Serengeti migration routes of the great herds of wildebeest and zebras.

The judges in their ruling said that the construction of a bitumen road across the UNESCO World Heritage Site national park is ‘unlawful’. Celebrations broke out in court and elsewhere across Eastern Africa and the rest of the world when the essence of the ruling became known, though seen at the bright light of day does the judgment have a downside.

The judged only ruled on the illegality of a bitumen or tarmac road but left the question open about the construction of a gravel road along the same route, something the Tanzanian government had said they were considering. ‘They can still try to build a murram road because that has not been specifically ruled out.
If they start, we shall sue them again and seek an injunction against that also. But primarily now we must lobby for the government to accept that the Southern route around the Serengeti will bring greater benefits for a larger number of people and the route is only slightly longer. Germany’s KFW, or so I heard, is doing a feasibility study now for the new route after the Tanzanian government has accepted the proposal and the World Bank and Germany have both offered to finance the highway as long as it routes around the southern tip of the park and not go across it.

Knowing our government however we must remain vigilant. Today was a victory of sorts but the battle for survival of the Serengeti continues. This is not over by a long shot’ wrote a regular Arusha based conservation source when relaying the court decision yesterday afternoon.

The news about the highway plans were broken here in early 2010 and then triggered a growing support movement which via social media and other avenues rallied support from the world’s leading conservationists, show biz personalities, business moguls and many governments and international organizations making their opposition known to these plans in both direct and indirect contact with Tanzania’s President Kikwete and members of his government.

 By Prof. Dr. Wolfgang H. Thome, eTN Africa Correspondent 
Source- eturbonews

June 25, 2013

Paving Stones to replace Asphalt Roads

CONSIDERING the peculiar soil texture and the fact that Lagos State is prone to flooding, the state government has directed firms handling its road reconstruction jobs to adopt the use of paving stones instead of asphalt at troublesome spots. In-fact, it has purchased paving stones production machines for the Public Works Corporation of the Ministry of Works saddled with the responsibility of fixing street roads.

Governor Babatunde Fashola (SAN), penultimate week, commissioned the first ever paving stone production line of the Lagos State Public Works Corporation at Ojodu, saying government would continue to be creative and resourceful in its unceasing work to keep Lagos roads motorable. The newly commissioned production plant will produce paving stone making machines for interlocking blocks which would be useful in many waterlogged areas of Lagos where asphalt and bitumen do not thrive.

Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola (left), Special Adviser to the Governor on Works and Infrastructure, Engr. Ganiyu Johnson (3rd right) and the Executive Chairman, Public Works Corporation, Mr. Gbenga Akintola (right) inspecting the Paving Stone Production Line during its commissioning at the Lagos State Public Works Corporation, Ojodu Berger, Lagos.
Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola (left), Special Adviser to the Governor on Works and Infrastructure, Engr. Ganiyu Johnson (3rd right) and the Executive Chairman, Public Works Corporation, Mr. Gbenga Akintola (right) inspecting the Paving Stone Production Line during its commissioning at the Lagos State Public Works Corporation, Ojodu Berger, Lagos.

He said: “But for me, having bought this machine, the next step is how we are going to make this machine. I have already challenged the engineers, the next set of these machines must be made in Lagos and they have the research funds and  materials. We are not just going to be consuming, everything we buy now, we want to know what works inside and how it works.”

Commending the management of the corporation for being innovative and forward looking, the governor said, “so far, so good and the march continues. They have also built their moulds to start casting drains and are increasingly becoming a local arm for building our roads, so the capacity is increasing and I think the workers are happy.”

The governor described the tonnage of cargo on Lagos roads as excruciating because “there is no other city that has and subjects its roads to the kind of tonnage that Lagos experiences without rail for evacuating goods from the port and still keeps traffic moving like this. I tell people that keeping Lagos traffic moving with the cargo that comes through our ports every day is perhaps the eighth miracle of the world. The Public Works Corporation is our parastatal for addressing the maintenance issue of our roads while the ministry uses contractors to build new roads.”

With the launch, the agency is increasing its capacity as the asphalt plant that was down before is now up and running while also selling asphalt to other government agencies within and outside the state. Fashola added that a lot was happening in terms of human capacity development, welfare of the workers, health and safety in the yard and environmental aesthetics, stressing that the journey continues.

Stone paving has become a popular alternative to Asphalt. Stone pavers are fast becoming the choice for road construction because of their low maintenance appeal with minimal upkeep. The popularity of paving stones is expanding rapidly in the United States. Experts in the business say the market is experiencing rapid growth and is poised to continue growing as the benefits of stone pavers become better known.

Advantages of paving stones: There are limitless patterns, colours, textures, shapes, sizes, and designs that can dramatically enhance the beauty of the road. Areas finished in interlock have no failure rate, no unsightly cracking or flaking. It wears well and is easy to clean. The pavers flex with the expansion and contraction of the ground.

Oil, gas, paint spills or other permanent stain or damage would incur substantial costs to fix with other resurfacing products. With interlock, it requires just removal of the stone and replacement with new one. Permanence and endurance mean that paved areas never need re-paving. They are there for the duration of their lifetime guarantee! Interlocking paving stones are ideal for walkway paving, driveway paving, patio paving and pool deck paving.

 BY OLASUNKANMI AKONI

August 13, 2012

Asphalt Event in Europe

Asphaltica
The upcoming Asphaltica exhibition in the Italian city of Padova will be a major launch venue for new asphalt road technologies. The sixth edition of Asphaltica, the only European event dedicated to asphalt, bitumen and road infrastructure, will take place from 21 - 23 November 2012 at the PadovaFiere exhibition centre. This exhibition is an important meeting place for industry professionals wanting updates on the latest and most interesting technological and regulatory developments.

The show also gives industry professionals the chance to discuss foreign markets and future challenges. The event is aimed at engineers and professionals including those from contractors, public and private entities. The show also targets those involved in the management of road networks, as well as users of machinery, equipment, materials and technologies for the production of conglomerates. The Asphaltica 2010 event attracted 180 exhibitors and over 10,000 visitors and was organised jointly by PadovaFiere and the Italian Association of Asphalt Bitumen Roads (SITEB).

This event will feature a strong conference programme, as in the past, which is being organised by SITEB. Issues covered will be technological efficiency and sustainability, cost optimisation, environmental impact and safety of workers, road performance standards and their application. In addition, new for 2012 will be the Road Safety conference, which will cover all aspects from the road safety technology to the design of intelligent infrastructure.

Soruce - World Highways

April 10, 2012

Tibet to surface it's Roads

LHASA: In a bid to ensure an easier access to its monasteries, Tibet will earmark 1.5 billion yuan (about $240 million) on road construction, the authorities said Sunday. The work is expected to be completed by 2020.

According to government statistics, Tibet has more than 1,700 registered monasteries and venues for religious activities with about 46,000 monks and nuns.

By 2015, asphalt, or bitumen roads will be extended to over 70 percent of the region's monasteries with the help of the funds, Xinhua reported citing a statement issued by Tibet's traffic transportation department.  Road access to every monastery of the region is expected to be available by 2020, the statement said.

The plateau region is known as "the roof of the world" with an average altitude of over 4,000 metres and road construction is more difficult and costly than in other parts of China.

Source-Punjabnewsline

June 7, 2008

Kenyan Road Works Dept getting tough on errant contractors



The errant road contractors use their high-level connections to perpetuate mediocrity and impunity and such impunity has cost Kenya billions of shillings that would otherwise have been spent on social projects.

Unfortunately, the custodians of interests have abdicated their roles and choose to wine and dine with the enemies and only issue cosmetic directives when prompted by public pressure.

With such attitude and connivance, the public find themselves are subjected to all kinds of inconveniences which has exacerbated the situation with the road networks. The upshot is the eyesore that is the Eastlands road network.

For instance, Outering Road, which stretches from the GSU headquarters roundabout on Thika Road to the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, is a significant link that is terrible to drive.

And the Old Airport North Road which stretches from Mombasa Road to the heardquarters of one of Africa's largest airlines - Kenya Airways. Driving on these two roads is a nightmare.The Minister is getting tough with the errant contractors and hope the situation improves sooner.

The Kenyan road board and the minister is getting tough to put the house in order.