VolkerHighways and WJ Group shot blast roads with steel

Over time, traffic causes the skid resistance on asphalted roads to reduce.

To tackle this VolkerHighways partnered with WJ Group and used their retexturing expertise to deliver 10,000sqm of an innovative, shot blast surface retexturing system.

The sustainable solution fires small steel shots at the road surface to improve the texture, eliminating the requirement to resurface the road.

The team helped to reduce the amount of carbon dioxide produced by over 50,000kg, and saved approximately 1,000 tonnes of virgin aggregates.

In turn, West Berkshire Council has saved over £200,000 when compared to conventional resurfacing methods, and minimised disruption by keeping the roads open.

Kunle Kolaru, operations director for VolkerHighways, said: “WJ’s retexturing solution is another tool that can help support our clients by maintaining their roads to a high standard, with ever decreasing budgets.

“At VolkerHighways, we are always looking for innovative ways to reduce the amount of carbon produced, while ensuring value for money and without compromising quality. We’re glad to have partnered with WJ Textureblast to deliver this sustainable project.”

Matt Lowe, director for WJ South West’s retexturing division, said: “Our team worked seamlessly with VolkerHighways, where we were able to cover up to 4,000 square metres a day. This meant that road users faced minimum disruption to their journeys and roads were ready for traffic immediately upon completion.”

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