areas of application:
DIRT ROADS / rural roads / farm to market roads
Dirt roads easily deteriorate with load, and rain. Rehabilitating a gravel road is the usual option. However, the "never-ending" cycle of road maintenance will not stop. Stabilizing these roads, and/or chip sealing these roads will likely cost as much as gravel road rehabilitation anyway. As such, it should be a "no-brainer" to have these roads stabilized specially if there is low-medium traffic.
Asphalt road deterioration cause by a poor base/foundation can be resolved by stabilizing the base via Full Depth Reclamation . A typical 2 inch Hot Mix Asphalt pavement design can then be reduced to only 1 inch since the base is already very strong. Asphalt roads built over a stabilized base will be much stronger and more durable. Asphalt deterioration from the top can easily be repaired via Jetpatching. Whatever the damage is, RAPID ROADS has the appropriate solution.
Concrete roads, despite its hardness, fail prematurely because of poor road base/foundation. Unlike an asphalt road (flexible), the rigidity of concrete can cause it to crack under heavy loads without uniform base support. Thus, ensuring that the monolithic slab has uniform support from underlying base/foundation is critical. Without a stabilized base, the unbounded sub-base material normally become loose with the infiltration of water. Thus, Cement Treated Base stabilization will ensure that a concrete road will last very long.
In Banana plantations, aerial spraying is already banned in areas close to populated areas. Thus, roads need to be built and maintained to accommodate the large sprayer trucks, and the hauling/harvesting trucks. Rain and heavy trucks easily deteriorate the roads. Since these are low-volume roads, it is not practical to upgrade these to an asphalt or a concrete road. Soil stabilization is the only realistic approach in minimizing road maintenance costs. For main arteries, chip sealing over the stabilized road is extremely practical.
Rain and heavy trucks batter these roads continuously. Maintaining these roads are a necessary expense. Stabilization is the only practical solution. Hovever, it is often overlooked that, stabilized roads offer a much smoother ride (i.e. less rolling resistance). Reduced rolling resistance translates to big fuel savings and reduced maintenance costs (tires included), particularly for these hauling trucks. Savings on these "additional" benefits can easily justify road stabilization.
Gravel runways need to be maintained more than gravel roads. Loose gravel, ruts and potholes in a runway can be fatal. Thus, maintaining these can be very expensive. Again, soil stabilization and/or chip sealing is the most practical solution as it will be prohibitive to install an asphalt or concrete pavement.
Maintenance of subdivision roads are normally transferred to the homeowner's association (HA's). These HA's however do not have the budget to rehabilitate failed asphalt or concrete roads. As such, the developers must ensure that these roads are build to last. Stabilization allows developers to bring the cost of road construction down, whilst giving the HA's the assurance that the roads are very durable. The thickness of the overlying pavement can be reduced (at least 50%) if the base is stabilized. Construction time is also improved as stabilized roads allow construction to continue despite rainy conditions.
A common problem with parking lots is the presence of potholes, and muddy soil during wet weather. With stabilization, formation of potholes, and muddy soil is eliminated. Alternatively, if the foundation is strong enough, chip sealing the area is a practical solution.
ACCESS ROADS TO RENEWABLE ENERGY FACILITIES
Renewable Energy (RE) facilities (especially Wind Farms, and Hydro Electric) are normally constructed in relatively remote and inaccessible terrain. As such, new access roads need to be built. Main roads (notably turns) need to be widened to accommodate large components (i.e. blades). These access roads need have high load bearing capacity and must not become muddy during construction to cause delays. Soil stabilization is one of the most practical solutions. Moreover, soil stabilization is a "greener" alternative to traditional methods.