Plastic is a part of almost everything we use. It is so-called one of the most “omnipresent” elements in our daily lives as it makes up the very gadgets we use to the our furniture. Even more so, it might soon make up the very roads that we drive on. A new type of road surface called the PlasticRoad is being touted as a more sustainable alternative to asphalt.
Developers of the PlasticRoad, VolkerWessels, shares that the new pavement is made up of prefabricated plastic structures that are laid on top of sand, which makes installing a new road a considerably easier process than the distribution of asphalt or using other suitable road materials. The PlasticRoad is therefore a more economical option for cities across the world as less time is required for road construction.
Due to the fact that each unit of PlasticRoad is comprised of board-like panels that are hollow in the center, it can create pathways for cables and pipe. While an entire stretch of road can be installed as a single piece, it can also be broken up into numerous pieces to offer easier transport with extended flexibility that is not available in existing road solutions. In addition, the surface demands less maintenance than the usual as it is weather-resistant and corrosion-proof. As it relates to withstanding temperatures, the creators of the PlasticRoad claims that it will also perform better than asphalt, withstanding temperatures as low as -40° C and as high as 80° C.
While they are still working put how to keep It from being very slippery in wet weather, the PlasticRoad is still in its early stages of development and VolkerWessels is looking to lay down their first thoroughfare within the next three years. It is believed that the Dutch city of Rotterdam has expressed interest at running a trial, which means that we may be able to see the PlasticRoad sooner than expected.