Largest road recycling project begins

Work has started on Britain's largest ever road recycling scheme, which will see eight kilometres of dual carriageway recycled on the A38 in Devon. The project began in September and should be completed in March.

Costing £7.8 million, 90,000 tonnes of road surface between Peartree and Drybridge will be dug up and processed in a nearby quarry using technology supplied by Roadside Recycling. Around 70,000 tonnes of the material will be used as the road's new base layer.

The project will save over 3,500 lorry movements. It has been designed by consultancy Parsons Brinckerhoff, although Tarmac is the principal contractor.

According to Parsons' Peter Heron, recycling the road will not make "a big impact" on the cost or duration of the project. It is driven mainly by environmental factors and a desire to minimise the disruption to local residents.

"Recycling has been around for 15 to 20 years now - it's proven," he said. "This is simply the best option for the environment, the road and the area. Especially because of the lorry movements saved - this is a very traffic-sensitive environment."

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