August 28, 2016 9:03 am

New asphalt improves road strength

The Fiji Roads Authority (FRA) and Fulton Hogan Hiways (FHH) have introduced into the country a new “high performance” asphalt that will improve road strength and will reduce the damage caused by weather and overloaded vehicles. The new asphalt called Polymer Modified Bitumen was first introduced into Fiji  last year and has been modified to […]

The Fiji Roads Authority (FRA) and Fulton Hogan Hiways (FHH) have introduced into the country a new “high performance” asphalt that will improve road strength and will reduce the damage caused by weather and overloaded vehicles.

Fulton Hogan Hiway fixing up roads in the Central Division. (Pacific Reach)
FHH Crew Examine the new high-performance asphalt being used on Reservoir Road. (Pacific Reach)

The new asphalt called Polymer Modified Bitumen was first introduced into Fiji  last year and has been modified to the nation’s conditions.

Fulton Hogan Hiways Renewals and Contracts Manager Craig McNeilly said they have been doing tests in Suva with positive results and now FRA has given them the green light to use it on our roads.

Working under the FRA’s Maintenance Programme, the road company continues  to explore ways to improve the quality of Fiji roads.

He said that polymer is a strengthening compound that when mixed with asphalt to increase the road strength by almost two times, reducing the stress that makes the roads vulnerable to overloading and the weather.