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Department of Transport in Abu Dhabi studies reusing pavement milling materials in main road construction projects

posted on 29/07/2015: 2075 views

The Department of Transport (DoT) in Abu Dhabi announced yesterday that it is currently studying an initiative to release a technical guideline for the management of the milled asphaltic materials generated from road maintenance and rehabilitation projects in Abu Dhabi.

The DoT project, which is closely coordinated with different relevant stakeholders in the Emirate, aims to develop procedures and operational policies as well as technical specifications for management of milled asphaltic materials produced from roads and pavement maintenance works. Another objective of this project is to evaluate the environmental and economic impacts in case this guideline was enforced.

The DoT has said that this step comes as part its efforts to issue technical regulations that would have positive impact on sustainability and environment, in addition to cost reduction.

"The importance of this project stems from the fact that there are large quantities of milled asphaltic materials generated each year from demolishing existing asphalt pavement as part of the rehabilitation and maintenance work executed by DoT as well as other government entities or private agencies. This calls for specific guidelines and regulations able to handle these disposed materials. Therefore, the DoT endeavours to explore practical solutions to recycle and reuse these materials in the construction and maintenance of roads and other related fields," according to the Department of Transport.

On the other hand, the DoT says it endeavours through recycling and reusing of the milled asphaltic materials to have a significant effect on materials sustainability and environment conservation. "This practice can reduce opening new borrow pits, hauling quarry materials, air pollution, economic cost and many other environmental concerns. The developed guidelines, once implemented, will contribute to rationalising the impact of materials transportation from quarries which are located at far distances, and it will also eliminate the negative influence of transporting the milled materials to landfills," the DoT said. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


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