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26 June 2017

Innovative road construction demonstration planned

First publishedon www.WorldHighways.com

A demonstration of innovative, sustainable road construction technologies is planned in France. The ERA-NET Plus Infravation has selected the BioRePavation project as part of its European and American transport infrastructure innovation programme. This will be run on Thursday 6th July at Ifsttar’s Nantes site. The international consortium will bring together a number of European countries and the United States. The BioRePavation project partners have set themselves the goal of demonstrating that biosourced materials can be employed when recycling bituminous materials. To do this, they have decided to test three techniques that aim to reduce consumption of virgin aggregate and bitumen in pavement construction and maintenance. An innovative, non-destructive, micro-sampling-based method of monitoring ageing is also being developed.

In order to apply these techniques and prove their effectiveness on road networks, the BioRePavation has started to build a full-scale demonstrator on the pavement fatigue carousel at Ifsttar’s Nantes site. The facility will make it possible to test and evaluate the proposed innovative solutions under real conditions.

In order to raise awareness of these new techniques among the road construction community, the BioRePavation project partners are holding an official opening day, which will also include presentations (in English) on Thursday 6 July 2017 from 9:30 am to 5 pm.