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2014 Vol 4 No 4
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Smooth Ride for Tour de France

This summer, as cycling fever gripped the nation, Aggregate Industries were racing under exceptional circumstances to ensure that the world’s cycling elite had a smooth ride during Stage 2 of this year’s Tour de France.

Taking place in Yorkshire, 1.5 million people lined the streets to cheer on the racers including 2013 winner, Chris Froome.

However, behind the scenes Aggregate Industries Contracting and Asphalt divisions managed to resurface 70,000 m² of carriageway over a two-month period, which equated to more than six miles of local roads, to complete work by May in preparation for the July event.

Vogele Titan 473 pavers where used by Aggregate IndustriesWorking with private contractor, Amey, who were awarded a £1.2bn private finance initiative (PFI) by Sheffield City Council, Aggregate Industries worked day and night to resurface unsightly potholes and damaged roads.

Vogele Titan 473 pavers where used by Aggregate Industries

Within two months, the teams planned the project, sourced the materials and got to work on the roads which covered not only the urban parts of the route, but also remote, elevated rural roads, as well as tackling obstacles such as low power cables.

The surfacing teams tackled the logistics of the power cables through innovative non-tipping trucks (NTTs) to ensure a speedy and safe delivery of material. All materials used came from Aggregate Industries’ Sheffield plant, the largest state-of-the-art asphalt plant in the UK. Work was able to commence quickly and efficiently through the controlled unloading of aggregate and asphalt. The non-tipping truck is also completely stable on uneven surfaces and the risk of contamination to the load is significantly reduced.

Thousands of tonnes of fresh asphalt ensured Tour de France cyclists had a smooth ride.Over 11,000 t. of Asphalt

Thousands of tonnes of fresh asphalt ensured Tour de France cyclists had a smooth ride.
Photo: Ian Taylor

Laying around 11,285 tonnes of asphalt material for the Tour de France preparations, Aggregate Industries provided Foamix™, foamed bitumen asphalt, and the award-winning Superflex asphalt.

Used to resurface areas that ranged from 35 mm to 200 mm deep, the Superflex asphalt provided a binder course layer to combine the properties of high fatigue resistance with excellent deformation resistance.

Working with its supply chain members, Tripod Crest and MAC Surfacing, the work was completed in time for the second stage of the world famous cycle race.

Peter Cannon, Director of Contracting Services at Aggregate Industries, said:

We had to work towards an extremely tight deadline and had to overcome difficulties such as the power lines and the remoteness of the rural roads. But, once again, we showed our innovation to ensure that the project was completed in time.

Our on-site Sheffield PFI team and our colleagues from Asphalt have done an excellent job, and we are thankful for everyone’s hard work, dedication and efforts towards the project.

Aggregate Industries


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