Issue 9 | Spring 2013


RSTA Members' News

Prolonging the Life of Roads

Instarmac have announced a strategic alliance with ASI plc, the manufacturers of the Rhinophalt road surface preservation system. The system will now be available through Intarmac’s Ultracrete brand.

Ultracrete Rhinophalt is a surface preservation system that prolongs the surface life of a road by ensuring that the bitumen is not broken down by the impact of exposure to ultraviolet light. This means that the integrity of the road surface is not lost, cracks are not formed and, therefore, water cannot penetrate the surface thereby avoiding the impact freeze/thaw cycles and the resultant potholes.

As a market leader in the production of cold-lay products for pothole repair, it may seem unusual for a highway maintenance specialist to invest in such preventative systems. However, Ultracrete advocates long-term solutions that prolong the life of road surfaces to the benefit of local authorities, utilities and contractors alike. This approach supports real asset management and provides real solutions to the pothole problem. A simple financial model is available for highway management teams to assess the long-term cost benefits of using the Ultracrete Rhinophalt system.

Ultracrete are fully aware that such an approach requires new thinking but believe that the long-term financial, environmental and operational benefits outweigh any short-term reservations. The approach adopted by Ultracrete is best summed up by the question: “Why do we find it an alien concept to preserve our roads, our most important asset, when we already see it as second nature to preserve our garden fences, decking and street furniture?”

For further details, or to arrange a demonstration, call: Ultracrete on 01827 871871, email: [email protected] or visit: www.ultracrete.co.uk

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