How to win the budget war on your county’s roads…

In these times of budget cutbacks and being faced with overwhelming choices, given the number of roads in dire need of repair, renewal or just routine maintenance across the country as a whole; being presented with a solution out of the blue can be a bit like the medieval war chief, who when surrounded by overwhelming enemies and fighting a lost cause, was too busy to give a couple of minutes of his time to a traveller offering him a new technology consisting of a bag full of machine guns. But wait…

Fibres aren’t necessarily new when it comes to asphalt. Indeed, they are a common component in many mixes and used widely across the country. However, there are fibres and there are fibres. 

FORTA-FI® fibres are not simple bitumen modifiers, such as cellulose, whose only function is to reduce bitumen drop out. The blend of aramid and polymer fibres are three times stronger than steel and provide a real, measurable, and offer well proven structural performance via the dispersion of millions of fibres throughout the whole of the asphalt matrix.

FORTA-FI’s blend of aramid and polymer fibres have been tried and tested by leading international centres of asphalt technology, universities, and Department of Transport offices across the USA and Europe. With over 40 years of tried and proven applications in major highways, busy city roads, bridge decks, and even airport runways, fibre reinforced asphalt applications have seen proven life cycle extension of 40-50%.

I am sure that nobody in charge of their county budget for roads would be like the apocryphal medieval warlord and turn down a chance to add FORTA-FI to their county’s roads. Contact Garry Martin, located in County Down for more information and samples – gmartin@fortacorp.com or +44 (0) 7776 738891.