New energy efficient concrete could reduce road closures

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A new type of concrete road that is energy efficient, cheaper to develop and ready for traffic immediately after laying - something that would reduce road closure times and traffic build-ups - has been developed as part of a project led by experts at the University of Sheffield.

The new road type, made of dry mix concrete reinforced with recycled steel fibres from waste tyres, is 12 per cent cheaper than conventional road construction and its construction time is 15 per cent less. In addition, over the lifetime of the concrete pavement, there is a 40 per cent reduction in energy consumption.

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