Old tyres get a new lease on life in Moorooduc
Published on 09 February 2022
Bentons Road is again open to traffic. Construction works on the significant east-west corridor were completed on Friday 4 February.
During construction, the contractors and the Shire agreed on a new crumb rubber asphalt pavement design, incorporating a high-performance bitumen made from recycled tyres. This replaces the previously announced use of Plastiphalt.
In the 1,450 tonnes of asphalt used in the 1.6km stretch of road, there is:
- Approximately 9,200kg of recycled rubber, equivalent to 920 end-of-life tyres
- 145 tonnes of Reclaimed Asphalt Pavement (RAP) used, avoiding use of raw materials
- 5-10 per cent reduction in CO2 emission reduction by using warm-mix asphalt (WMA) technology.
This initiative is part of our Environmentally Sustainable Design Policy for council buildings and civil works, which seeks to minimise the environmental impact of construction works. It also supports the following target from our Climate Emergency Plan and Beyond Zero Waste Strategy: By 2030, 22,829 tonnes of recycled content will be used in Shire civil or construction works.
Quotes attributable to Mayor Councillor Anthony Marsh:
“It’s great to see this project completed and the road in use.
“Stay tuned for more projects delivering great outcomes for our community and the environment.”
Quotes attributable to Deputy Mayor, Cerberus Ward Councillor Lisa Dixon:
“Thank you to the community who have been so patient while we’ve undertaken these upgrades. It’s been a challenging ride with storms, material delays and COVID-19 isolation setting us back along the way. But we got there in the end! Enjoy the improved road and drive safe!”