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Recycling makes main road rebuild more efficient

Somerset road recycling machine

A main road in Somerset has been rebuilt in five weeks rather than a typical six months using an innovative recycling technique.

On-site recycling by Somerset County Council of 70% of the previous surface of the A3088 Cartgate link road near Yeovil reduced the need to transport materials, meaning far fewer lorry movements.

The council said this saved money and around 336 tonnes of CO2. It also carried out the bulk of the work at night to avoid disruption.

David Fothergill, cabinet member for highways, said: “Rebuilding a major road like the Cartgate is no mean feat – and it’s testament to the hard work and skill of our teams that it has been completed in just a few weeks with the minimum of disruption.

“We’ve used some really advanced engineering techniques to recycle the road, which is quicker, cheaper and better for the environment.

“Many thanks to all the workers involved, and I’d also like to thank people in and around Yeovil for their patience during this essential work.”

Road recycling is not suitable for all types of road but can work well in certain locations. The council will use similar methods on the A39 at Loxley Woods starting this week.

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