Dutch road construction company KWS Infra, subsidiary of VolkelWessels group, has started work on an initiative that would see waste plastics used to construct an alternative to conventional tarmac roads.
Called Plastic Road, the design features a hollow space which the firm said can be used for cables, pipes and rainwater.
VolkerWessels said it’s a “lightweight design, a fraction of the construction time, virtually maintenance free and three times the expected lifespan”.
As part of the project, recycled plastic will be made into prefabricated road parts that can be installed in one piece. The structure will be designed to handle temperatures as low as -40 degrees and as high as 80 degrees Celsius.
The idea is still in the early stages with the company looking for partners to collaborate with on the pilot, which will see the design built and tested in a laboratory to “make sure it’s safe in wet and slippery conditions”.