First publishedin World Highways
Asphalt pavers from XCMG have been used to spread the base course as well as the asphalt layers
XCMG has supplied a large fleet of construction machines for use on the construction of the Karachi-Lahore Highway in Pakistan
More than 240 XCMG construction machines are operating on the project, with the fleet including over 140 single-drum rollers and double-drum compaction machines, in excess of 30 asphalt pavers and nearly 70 motor graders being used to build the new highway. The Karachi-Lahore Highway Project will improve journey times and safety for drivers travelling between Karachi in the south of the country, and Lahore in the north of Pakistan. The section from Sukur to Multan will play a particularly important role for the country as it will become a key stretch in the main artery that runs from the north of Pakistan to the south. This highway project will provide an improved link between the north of Pakistan and its main port of Karachi, helping to boost transport and economic development.
The Karachi-Lahore Highway measures 392km in length and is costing about US$2.89 billion. It is the largest transportation infrastructure project under construction in Pakistan at present.
Contractors are using XCMG units as these are well-suited to the tough conditions. Asphalt pavers from XCMG have been used to lay the base course as well as the asphalt layers. Additionally, the contractors are using rubber-tyred XP303 compactors that deliver a ground pressure of 545kPa and have front and rear wheel overlaps of 65mm.