With the government’s recent push to impose tougher road repair standards, Aggregate Industries is urging utilities firms to make better use of emerging asphalt innovations in order to keep roads pothole-free for longer.
Last month, the Department for Transport (DfT) launched a consultation proposing that gas, electricity and communications firms must fix potholes which form within five years of work that requires breaking and repairing a road. This would be an increase to the current two-year guarantee.
According to research released this week from the Asphalt Industry Alliance (AIA) reveals that the number of potholes filled in over the last year jumped by a quarter, from 1.5 million in 2018 to 1.86 million so far in 2019.
Utilities openings in England and Wales are also up nearly 10% over the same period to more than 2 million.
The DfT hopes the new standards will push contractors, working on behalf of utilities firms, to use better quality asphalt materials – a move Aggregate Industries says will be crucial to extending the current lifetime of road repairs.
According to the leading construction materials supplier, this includes making use of the latest advances in asphalt such as SuperCurve, a high performance 10mm polymer modified asphalt, which has been specifically designed and engineered to provide an enhanced surface course for higher stressed areas.
In line with recommendations made by the AIA, Aggregate Industries is also calling on the government to create a more robust investment strategy for maintaining the long-term condition of local roads through regularly resurfacing programmes, which it says is the best way to prevent potholes from forming.