Nottingham pothole issues
Engineers at our own local University of Nottingham have recently reported that Nottingham pothole issues could be a thing of the past.
“Highways England is carrying out a trial, after sunflower oil capsules added to asphalt were found to make roads ‘self heal’.
It costs more than £88million a year to fill in the potholes in England’s roads, making the cooking oil – at around £1.15 a litre in shops – a relatively cheap solution.
It works by making bitumen, the sticky black substance used in road surfacing, less thick so that it pours more easily into cracks before they form the dangerous trenches.
Potholes form after sunshine causes roads to swell, before night-time temperatures fall and they contract.
The weight of the traffic as this happens causes cracks to form, which become larger when rainwater falls into them, freezes and expands”
The sunflower solution for Nottingham pothole issues
The report goes on to say
“Highways England, which funded the research, will add 18.5 litres of sunflower oil to five tonnes of asphalt along a five-yard stretch to ensure that it works.
Researchers say, if successful, it could be rolled out across the road network within five years”.
Our Drive-Cote Ltd resin bonded stone resurfacing extends the life of a tarmac or concrete driveway path or patio. Our resin bonded stone offers an impermeable surface and therefore prevents the effects of temperature changes and the resultant pothole effects on our driveway paths and patios.
Nottingham pothole issues will still develop on existing surfaces, however it certainly instills confidence that we could eventually benefit from a reduction in costs for the repairing of potholes.
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