With regular road maintenance and quality reconstruction to a cleaner environment
“Today is the first time we are celebrating the International Road Maintenance Day (IRMD) – 2018, under the "Road Maintenance is protecting the environment" slogan. Well-maintained roads mostly help to avoid dangerous and uncomfortable rides. However, many people are unaware that regular and high-quality reconstruction and technologically advanced upgrades of carriageways reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions, which also allows us to take better care for the environment,” said president of the Slovenian Asphalt Pavement Association (ZAS) Slovenko Henigman, who believes that Slovenian roads are about to see a brighter future. The Slovenian Asphalt Pavement Association drew attention to the aspects of road maintenance at the meeting of the executive personnel of road construction companies, which took place at the MEGRA fair in Gornja Radgona, Slovenia.
Mag. Slovenko Henigman, president of the Slovenian Asphalt Pavement Association (ZAS).
“All procedures, including production and transport, as well as asphalt laying, must be highly organised and coordinated if we want to come up with a good product. It is also increasingly important to digitally monitor all phases. The asphalt quality depends on the advancement of technologies and the correct execution of works,” explained Jörg Mehner, an instructor at the German construction machinery manufacturer, the Vögele company. Mehner presented effective asphalt laying with digitally-guided modern machines, which allow temperature mapping of the road and laser tracing, thereby ensuring smooth and the flattest possible road surfaces.
Jörg Mehner, an instructor at the German construction machinery manufacturer, the Vögele company.
The current trend of investing in the development of roads, which has largely decreased in the recent years due to the lack of funding, is positive. The Slovenian Asphalt Pavement Association expects more intensive and enhanced road maintenance, which needs to be steady over a long period of time. Therefore, the introduction of the Golden infrastructure investment rule covering the stable resources and a six-year slide plan was introduced. The plan, which was adopted last year, will, in the event it is approved for the annual government budget, ensure the elimination of more than 60 percent of our national roads that are in poor condition.
Primož Petrič, member of the Slovenian Asphalt Pavement Association and the first Slovenian Asphalt Ambassador title holder.
“The effective roads maintenance in the future will require qualified staff, which is currently in shortage,” pointed out Primož Petrič, member of the Slovenian Asphalt Pavement Association and the first Slovenian Asphalt Ambassador title holder, with which the association awarded him last year. “The use of new technologies can bring a brighter future for everyone. It is important that we maintain our professional development as well as train and familiarise ourselves with new available technologies. We can only do this by encouraging and spreading the virus of positivity to our employees,” said Petrič optimistically. “I can assure you that the construction companies are ready to give their best and carry out high-quality works necessary for a smooth and comfortable use of roads,” added Petrič.
A practical demonstration of the modern road asphalting method using technologically advanced equipment.
As people at the Slovenian Asphalt Pavement Association are aware that mere theory is not enough, they used the fair demonstration room to practically demonstrate the modern road asphalting method by using technologically advanced equipment. “The quality of roads today is extremely important and will be even more important in the future, when self-driving cars will need flawless road surfaces," concluded Henigman.
While 60 participants attended the theoretical part, over 100 visitors attended the practical display at the training site.