For the province of Overijssel, Reed Infra and TenCate Geosynthetics from Nijverdal laid innovative roadside paving on the cycle path of the N738 provincial highway between Weerselo and Deuringen and in the parallel road of the N343 provincial highway Oldenzaal - Weerselo. The two parties developed a new proposal to combine the strength of two existing products, whereby 50% reduction in CO2 emissions was achieved. On Friday 22 September and Tuesday 3 October, the two test sections were successfully applied.

The product result
The innovative roadside paving consists of concrete applied by Reef Infra, combined with a reinforcement composite produced by TenCate. Before the paving was laid, several test sections were tested on a laboratory scale. The test sections achieved a 50% reduction in concrete thickness. Following this promising laboratory result, a start was made on laying two test sections on a larger scale. In these test sections, the strong 'pressure' feature of concrete and the high 'pull' feature of the reinforcement composite were applied. With this innovative application of roadside paving, the following was achieved:

  • Saving on primary materials;
  • Fewer transport movements, resulting in lower CO2 emissions;
  • This application makes a higher contribution to a sustainable living environment compared with standard methods.

The execution
The test sections exceeded expectations and thus became reality. The test sections are around 400 and 700 metres long and were implemented in different constructive solutions, taking congestion into account. This innovative type of roadside paving is currently being monitored and developed further so that the product can be applied in other projects too.

This sustainable development is being promoted by the province of Overijssel and developed and implemented by Reef Infra, part of Strukton Civiel, in partnership with TenCate Geosynthetics.

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