This PolyCom-stabilised road has survived widespread flooding in Western Australia. Erosion stops where PolyCom treatment begins. Approximately 18 months ago, this section of road in Western Australia was treated with PolyCom Stabilising Aid. Australian made PolyCom was blade mixed into the region’s naturally occurring materials, before the road was compacted and then sealed.
A haul route for heavy trucks and b-doubles, the road services a cattle feed lot. Running through a natural basin, the road is susceptible to flood damage. As can be seen in the photographs, the sealed road has scoured back to where the PolyCom layer was put in.
“There's no punching of aggregate, no deformation, and no lifting of the seal,” says Paul Bright from Betta Roads, who worked with the council to apply PolyCom Stabilising Aid during re-construction of the road. “All in all the treated section remains untouched.”. PolyCom binds the road materials tightly to produce a stronger pavement that is more resistant to water ingress and heavy traffic wear. Find out how to stabilise roads with PolyCom Stabilising Aid.
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Repair and rebuild flood damaged roads
Widespread flooding during 2016 resulted in damage to a number of road networks across Australia. Flood recovery works are underway, with councils and road authorities rebuilding damaged roads with a simple change to the way things have always been done. Whilst re-sheeting is often thought of as the easiest method with which to rebuild flood damaged roads and repair pavements, in reality it is not efficient or sustainable.
PolyCom Stabilising Aid enables crews to use the material that is already in the road or table drains to make a stronger pavement, rather than trucking in new materials for re-sheeting, as has been the most common flood repair fix in the past.
PolyCom is not only a simple and cost-effective solution for flood repair. When PolyCom is mixed into existing road material and compacted, the finished road pavement is stronger and longer lasting. It resists traffic and water damage into the future.
PolyCom is so effective that it will pay for itself by reducing the amount of new gravel required, with most roads needing 4 to 6 times less maintenance grading or attention after being treated.
A council or department will find that PolyCom can be added to the maintenance method and schedule they have been familiar with, without disruption. Crews become used to using in-situ material to repair flood damaged roads. They become used to recycling road material rather than importing material. Crews become used to maintaining roads with PolyCom.
PolyCom can repair and rebuild a road more easily and cost-effectively in the face of shrinking budgets and increasing flood repair backlogs. Improved efficiency by way of better time management, lower plant and manpower requirements, as well as a lower carbon footprint, make PolyCom Stabilising Aid a compelling solution.