This Eco-Friendly Road Is Built Rapidly Using Recycled Plastic
VolkerWessels in The Netherlands is taking the high road when it comes to smart sustainable infrastructure solutions that tackle climate change, emissions, waste, costs, and maintenance. As a result, it has designed PlasticRoad, an innovative road paving system that has a modular design that consists of prefabricated sheets made from compressed 100% recycled plastic.
These roads paved in plastic take less time to lay than asphalt and they are directly installed on-site. Each individual sheet is not only recyclable but also easily replaceable as it’s installed in sections. Regular asphalt takes three times more time to pour. Plus, they are reportedly built to last three times longer! Besides roads, PlasticRoad’s climate-adaptive and circular elements can be used in an array of infrastructure solutions from constructing bike paths to footpaths, parking lots, circular roads, squares, and playgrounds.
PlasticRoad’s climate-adaptive elements can contend with extended dry spells that are alternated with flooding. It does this by providing temporary water storage and drainage for rainwater. They are lightweight and hollow, which allows the ability to run plumbing, or cables underneath. PlasticRoad also eliminates the challenges of soft soil issues that often result in damage to property as well as additional maintenance. PlasticRoad also helps tackle waste issues by repurposing it, thus helping cities, towns, and villages to become more climate-adaptive, and greatly reduce emissions.
Currently, there are two PlasticRoad models to choose from – the CCL200 and the CCL300. Both versions offer the same level of quality, but it really depends on the specific needs of a location. Additional features, such as filter systems and/or advanced sensors can also be added. For example, its smart sensors simplify management and maintenance as they allow you to digitally monitor the local status of your road surface and water drainage system. Essentially, your road communicates with you, indicating when it’s time to schedule new maintenance.
Another added feature is an integrated rainwater drainage system that includes a dedicated storm sewer accompanied by connections and storm drains. An integrated water filter system also collects and purifies rainwater and then gradually infiltrates it in the local subsoil. Basically, regular asphalt has a lot to contend with!
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