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Innovative materials extend life of Footways in MK

MK Highways use Department of Transport funding to invest in new surface treatment to extend the life of Footways and prevent more expensive repairs

The slurry seal microsurfacing incorporates bitumen emulsion and fine graded aggregates with fillers. It re-profiles existing surfaces to restore texture and seal the surface. This will extend the life of the footways and is an example of how MK Highways applies it Asset Management principles to reduce 'whole life costs'.

The micro and slurry surfacing processes is a manual operation, it consequently does not use excessively large or noisy machinery. All the requirements for a project can be loaded onto a single large heavy goods vehicle or 3.5t pickup and transported to the work site. Smaller pedestrian mixers can be used both alongside very busy roadways and inaccessible sites, with minimal disruption to road users, pedestrians and local residents.

Facts & Figures

30,000 linear metres footway weedkilled and cleared of overgrown vegetation

1,500 tonnes of micro asphalt mixed

60,000 square metres of footway treated with micro asphalt

2,400 man hours worked


Extended life of footways by up to 15 years

Reduces maintenance costs

Reduced disruption to public

Helping prevent potholes forming

Treated 70% more area compared to conventional methods

0% waste


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