Coffey Testing has an ongoing affiliation with AustStab, the Australian Pavement Recycling and Stablisation Association.
This affiliation allows us to, alongside our pavement rehabilitation and drilling practices in Coffey Testing, to build further industry knowledge on the recycling of pavements and the importance of pavement longevity for major projects such as roads and airports.
AustStab, the Pavement Recycling and Stabilisation Association, was established in 1995 by specialist stabilising contractors, who wanted to further promote the importance of recycling pavements.
Since establishment, the experience of the road authorities and contractors involved has allowed the association to formulate the best practices and specifications when it comes to maintaining Australian roads.
With supporting resources, such as education, close collaborations with industry partners and a wide range of research available, AustStab is the only member driven industry association in the world for pavement recycling and stabilisation – creating roads for future generations.
The Roads to Recovery (RTR) Program
The RTR Program supports the construction and maintenance of Australia’s local roads, focusing solely on greater accessibility in a cost-efficient method.
According to the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA), local roads are a critical part of our national road network, and ongoing funding will allow for safer roads and also help with reducing the unacceptably high national road toll, especially in rural and regional areas.
The RTR program is an ongoing program that works to actively fix these through a stable and predictable source of funding.
The Investment and Infrastructure Program (IIP) states, “In the current funding period, from 2019-20 to 2023-24, $2.6 billion is available nationally under the RTR program. Since the start of this funding period, recipients have delivered repairs and upgrades to almost 12,000 road sites [within the country].”
Benefits of Pavement Recycling and Road Rehabilitation
When it comes to keeping our communities safe on the roads, ensuring that our roads are maintained regularly is a priority.
Not only are roads the main link between other communities, but inhabiting pavement recycling into the road rehabilitation hosts the following benefits:
● We can identify the suitability to see if the insitu-materials can be stabilised, re-used and modified, meaning marginal materials destined to be disposed of can be re-used to last another lifecycle of the pavement,
● Significantly reduces the waste of materials that would otherwise be discarded,
● Decreases the environmental impacts on the environment through utilising pre-existing materials, and
● Also minimises the cost associated with local taxpayers that would often go to fixing LGA roads.
Coffey Testing can assist with Pavement Recycling and Roads Rehabilitation
Coffey Testing, backed not only by the resources provided by AustStab and its NATA accredited testing, are able to assist with a wide range of road rehabilitation projects and pavement recycling initiatives across Australia.
This is done through investigating and identifying the subsurface conditions, by advancing boreholes within pre-existing, damaged pavements. From here, the drilling team can identify the pavement materials’ defects and will take the various strata and layers to our Coffey Testing laboratories for testing, which will further identify the suitability to see if the insitu-materials can be stabilised, re-used, and then further modified to increase the longevity of the pavement design.
The Coffey Testing team can also conduct testing trials in our laboratories, located across Australia. These trials allow us to check for material suitability, and then we are able to confirm designs for cementitious stabilisation, foam bitumen, flexible pavements and stabilised upgrades.
Do you need Pavement Recycling and Roads Rehabilitation for your next project?
Get in touch with Coffey Testing today to find out how we can best suit your roads rehabilitation needs.
Furthermore, if you are after more resources for when it comes to project design for pavement stablisation and recycling, visit the AustStab website for more information.