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Street of the future made of old plastic

Asphalt and concrete at the end?
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E s sounds like the plan of a dreamy do-gooder: Go According to the Dutch company VolkerWessels, our roads will no longer be tarred in the future. Instead, the Dutch want to enforce their own creation; the road made of plastic, called 'PlasticRoad'.

The plastic road has many advantages

The plastic road is said to have many advantages compared to normal, tarred roads, including less sensitivity to weather. So-called blow-ups, i.e. the cracking of the concrete roadway at high temperatures, should be a thing of the past. According to information from KWS Infra, the responsible subsidiary of VolkerWessels, the first prototypes of the plastic road can withstand temperature fluctuations between -40 ° and + 80 ° Celsius without being damaged. That would be an enormous benefit for the safety of motorists.

Another plus point would be the longer shelf life of the plastic. VolkerWessels speaks of an asphalt asphalt road having three times the service life. According to research by the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, the asphalt pavement has to be renewed after 12 years on normal roads. The entire carriageway is due after 30, a maximum of 35 years.

A plastic road also has to be renewed at some point, but even if it were to be renewed after 50 years: the costs would be lower and the materials used more environmentally friendly ; This is because no tar or asphalt has to be produced with high CO2 emissions. But that's just one of the reasons.

The roadway that is made of garbage

The other part to the The origin of the plastic used contributes to a special concept: Among other things, it should come from the oceans. Thousands of tons of plastic just drift around there and destroy the habitats of countless marine life. The ambitious project 'The Ocean Cleanup' of the 20-year-old Dutchman Boyan Slat has set itself the goal of fishing out of the water this basically worthless, but at the same time valuable for the project. This would make 'The Ocean Cleanup' a partner of 'PlasticRoad'. That would be a potential Dutch dream wedding - and the biggest recycling campaign of all time.

The plastic road itself does not need an extremely stable and heavy foundation like it does is the case with asphalt roads, the fact that the built-upPlastic is a lot lighter than asphalt and should continue to shorten the construction time of the roads. During construction, a cavity can be left in the plastic road (see pictures) through which cables or sewer pipes can be laid. The finished road should cause significantly less noise than an asphalt road. 'Whisper plastic' instead of 'whisper asphalt'.

Can the plastic road be implemented?

There is still no plastic road in the world. The company is still looking for investors and partners, they say. The city of Rotterdam has already expressed interest in a test track. And if you look at the investment needs for the ailing infrastructure And if you combine this with the growing number of permanent construction sites on our streets and highways, you want nothing more than a practicable, inexpensive solution. Maybe the plastic road is the miracle cure we all hope for.


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