PLASTIC ROADS: A TOTAL REVOLUTION

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Building the Future

Imagine that constructing a road would take days instead of months. That roads would last three times as long. That maintenance and traffic disruption are things of the past. And that cable and piping problems as well as the urban water problem do not exists more overnight.

KWS, a VolkerWessels company, Wavin and Total are working on the development of plastic roads, also known as the PlasticRoad. Every component of the PlasticRoad is being designed to make its application completely circular, with the goal of using recycled plastic as much as possible.

PLASTIC ROADS

 

Prefabricated and modular

The PlasticRoad concept consists of a prefabricated, modular and hollow road structure made from (recycled) plastic. The prefabricated production, the light weight and the modular design of the PlasticRoad make construction and maintenance faster, simpler and more efficient compared to traditional road structures.

Hollow design of plastic roads

The PlasticRoad has a hollow space that can  (temporarily) store water, thus preventing flooding during extreme precipitation. The hollow space can also  transit the  cables and pipes, thus preventing excavation damages. And there are numerous other conceivable applications, including the installation of sensors or the electric charging of vehicles.

Sustainable

The PlasticRoad is a completely circular product that is made from recycled plastic. It has a significantly smaller carbon footprint than traditional road structures thanks to the longer lifespan and the reduction of transport movements involved in its construction.

Collaboration

KWS, a VolkerWessels company, Wavin and Total .Those are three companies each contributing its own expertise and experience  to the development of this innovative concept.

KWS is the market leader in road construction and the production of asphalt in the Netherlands. It knows the market well, which is becoming more demanding in terms of sound reduction, flooding, nuisance, longevity and sustainability. These requirements inspired the idea of the PlasticRoad. As a market leader in the recycling of plastic, Wavin is the perfect partner to introduce its knowledge and experience in the field to the project. Another added value of Wavin in this collaboration, is their specialisation in making plastic products for rainwater drainage. Total has extensive knowledge in the field of plastics as well. The company makes important contributions to the project with regards to improving the properties of plastics, the recycling of plastics and the available production techniques.

ADVANTAGES OF PLASTIC ROADS

  • No effect of radiation like UV .
  • Reduce need to Bitumen by around 10%.
  • Strength and Performance of roads increased  by 100% .
  • Better resistance to water and water stagnation .
  • No stripping and no potholes.
  • No leaching of plastics .
  • For 1 Km X 3.75 m road – 1 ton of plastics is used and 1 ton of bitumen is saved.

 

 

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