CHALLENGE

The road is beside a cliff, so crushed and compacted stone would wash away in very quickly, and potholes would soon appear again.

Roadways came up with an alternative design, suggesting a long-lasting solution, with better value for money. Roadways’ HBM, with recycled materials, could be installed for the same price.

Lewes District Council did not hesitate to apply a strategic approach to this road problem and agreed to Roadways’ suggestions. The council decided to address the road’s underlying problems – lessening the need for future maintenance.

This road is now expected to last ten or more years – instead of just a few rainstorms in this exposed location.

Environmentally-friendly road resurfacing, Brighton

THE RESULTS

  • Innovative solution
  • Eco-friendly method
  • Less disruption to local residents and road users
  • Emissions cut from road use
  • Longer-lasting road surface
  • Cost savings for taxpayers

The road will last ten years or longer, and will only need to be resurfaced when the natural life cycle of the surface dressing  comes to its end.

Peacehaven HBM

PROJECT SCOPE

Roadways carried out a range of works:

  • Innovative Point Cloud LIDAR scanning was performed to define the correct road levels.
  • Road foundations were strengthened using environmentally-friendlier recycled road materials: a 150mm layer of HBM (hydraulic bound material) or roller compacted concrete.
  • The road was narrowed to 3m to slow traffic.
  • Excavated materials were used to form bunds to stop parking and deter people from driving too close to the cliff edge
  • Water diverters and speed humps were constructed
  • The project was surface dressed and completed in September 2020

Over 20 highly skilled operatives, supervisors and engineers were involved in the project. 

WORKING DURING LOCKDOWN

This repair project was carried out during the last COVID-19 lockdown of 2020.

Roadways’ operatives are considered key workers as they help keep the region’s roads and footpaths repaired and operational.

Lockdown presented extra emotional and physical challenges. The team had to socially distance from each other and from members of the public.

Keeping two metres apart in the construction industry is not always possible. This caused reputational, health and safety and mental pressures. Every working person felt scrutinised by the public.

The team received several queries from local communities asking if works were truly essential and could be done after lockdown.

Managing tension was extremely important and the Roadways team did so successfully.

Additional safety and information mechanisms were put in place:

  • Only one operative occupied each vehicle.
  • We provided additional welfare and hand sanitising facilities.
  • COVID-19 signage was introduced for the public and for operatives on sites.
  • Every team had a COVID-19 marshal to remind them about social distancing and changes implemented to keep everyone safe.