FP6 STREP Project

 Economical and sustainable pavement infrastructure for surface transport

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EcoLanes was a three year FP6 STREP project (completed in September 2009), funded under the priority thematic area of Sustainable Surface Transport, FP6-2005-Transport-4 call 3B. The project consortium engaged Universities, Industrial Partners, End-users and the European Tyre Recycling Association, with five EU member states and one EU candidate country.

The key area and activity code associated with EcoLanes was SUSTDEV 2.6: design and manufacture of new construction concepts for road, rail, waterborne and inter-modal infrastructures.

The project main aims were to develop infrastructure for surface transport using slip forming and roller compaction techniques based on existing asphalt laying equipment and steel fibre reinforced concrete. The benefits of the new construction concept will be manifold, such as to reduce construction costs by 10-20%, reduce construction time by 15%, reduce the energy consumption in road construction by 40%, minimise maintenance, use waste materials in road construction and make tyre recycling more economically attractive.

To achieve its objectives, the project drew expertise from six countries and had to overcome serious scientific and technological barriers in fibre processing, concrete manufacture and road design. The project delivered new processes, design guidelines and full-scale demonstration projects in four diverse European climates and economies.

Figure 1. Problems with asphalt pavements



     For more information, please see EcoLanes Publishable Executive Summary 



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