New group to promote road re-texturing and re-profiling

Highways Reporters

The Road Surface Treatments Association (RSTA) has established a new sub-committee that will promote the benefits of road re-texturing and re-profiling.

The sub-committee will put forward best practice specification and installation of this low carbon road surface technique.

Re-texturing and re-profiling involves the mechanical reworking of an existing road surface to improve its frictional skid resistance. This re-use of the existing road surface is effectively 100% in-situ recycling. No additional aggregates or binders are required and minimal, if any, waste is generated. Importantly, given limited road maintenance budgets, re-texturing and re-profiling can significantly extend the performance life of existing road surfaces.

Initial issues for the new sub-committee include amendments to the Highways Agency’s Design Manual for Roads and the development of a new code of practice the combines re-texturing and surface profiling of asphalt and concrete roads.

Martin Leech, managing director of Klaruw RMS and chairman of the new sub-committee, said: “Re-texturing and re-profiling have considerable potential for cost-effective and sustainable road maintenance. The new sub-committee aim to realise this potential via information dissemination and the promotion of good industry practice.”

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