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New project testing recycled material use for road safety

New project testing recycled materials for road safety

The Australian Road Research Board (ARRB) is currently working on a project researching the use of recycled glass in high friction surface treatment, to increase road safety in crash blackspots and high-risk locations.

This project, funded by Sustainability Victoria and OmniGrip Direct, is investigating the use of an aggregate blend which includes recycled glass, to reduce the volume of imported treated natural aggregate.

It aims to add value to recycled glass fines to make the use of High Friction Surface Treatment (HFST) more sustainable and affordable by road agencies and Councils.

Led by ARRB Senior Technology Leader in Sustainability and Material Performance, Dr Javad Yaghoubi, the scope of the project will include researching and identifying existing standards and specifications, consulting stakeholders and end-users, conducting laboratory tests, field tests and environmental and life cycle assessments.

It will also include the preparation of a report summarising the results and identifying optimum blends that meet the specifications requirements.

ARRB is contributing a $15,000 fund to the project as well as the use of the iSSAVe (Intelligent Safe Surface Assessment Vehicle) for field measurements for the project.

The project is expected to be completed by September 2022.


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