The Surface Dressing Technical Committee last met on February 21st. Key items discussed include:
• Reviewed proposed changes to HD37 in the DMRB and MCHW 900 series with comments submitted to the Highways Agency
• Discussed changes to the Surface Dressing Code of Practice
• Discussed a new project to use local authorities SCRIM data to argue for a relaxation of PSV requirements on local roads
• CE marking is a key issue for members who need to be well prepared for July’s mandatory implementation
• Members reviewed and commented on the Code of Practice for Signing at SD Sites before its being forwarded onto ADEPT
• Discussed with Tony Stock of the University of Derby feedback on the new Diploma.
The last meeting of the Committee met on 4th February and was devoted to reviewing the proposed changes to HD37 effecting slurry surfacing. Comments on the proposals have been submitted to the Highways Agency.
High Friction Surfacing
The High Friction Surfacing Committee met on 14th February. Key discussion items included:
• Proposed amendments to the RSTA/ADEPT Service Life document
• A planned review of the HAPAS scheme aimed at improving confidence regarding service life
• Proposed changes to HD37 affecting HFS with comments submitted to the Highways Agency.
The Committee met on 20th March and discussed the following items:
• New Code of Practice now published for Crack and Joint Repair Systems endorsed by ADEPT
• Progress made with developing a new Code of Practice for Fine Milling and Asphalt Preservation
• New Sub-committee established for Patch Repairs with the objective of developing one universal Code of Practice covering Spray Injection Patching, Thermal Road Repairs and Cold Lay Asphalt
• The new HMEP specification for maintaining local roads and the need for RSTA input
• The need for additional RSTA carbon calculators to be developed for Fine Milling and Asphalt Preservation.
Geosynthetics and Steel Meshes
The Committee met on 26th February when it discussed the following items:
• The new chapter in HD37 DMRB Vol.7 on Geosynthetics & Steel Meshes with comments submitted to the Highways Agency
• Standardisation issues in particular members’ compliance with Sector Scheme 13. Members marking progress towards obtaining the A1 Assessors qualification to enable operatives obtain their NVQ’s and endorsed CSCS cards in accordance with NHSS13
• Agreement reached that RSTA should develop a new Carbon Calculator
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