Transportation and Works
October 27, 2017

Asphalt Testing Pilot Project Begins on Avalon Peninsula

A road construction pilot project that will help government determine the best type of asphalt for our province’s climate and traffic volumes is currently underway on the Trans-Canada Highway on the Avalon Peninsula.

As part of the Department of Transportation and Works asphalt testing pilot project, five sections of the highway between Foxtrap and Holyrood have been paved using different types of liquid asphalt, resulting in five different mixes. Each section is just under one kilometre in length.

he sections will be monitored twice annually to determine how well it is performing based on factors such as traffic volumes and weather conditions.

Signs alongside the highway will notify motorists of each section.

This is the latest initiative being undertaken by the Provincial Government in an effort to identify new ways to upgrade road infrastructure in Newfoundland and Labrador. Recently, a night-time pilot project was conducted and results are currently being reviewed by the department.

“We’ve all seen the rutting on our provincial highways and we know we are not getting the same life out of our asphalt that we have in the past, so it’s important to this government that we first understand why this is occurring so that we can take steps to address it. By determining which asphalt mix works best for our traffic volumes and conditions in Newfoundland and Labrador, we hope to be able to produce longer lasting asphalt in the future.”
Honourable Steve Crocker
Minister of Transportation and Works

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2017 10 27                             4:15 p.m.