Milk trucks do the job

Connectivity is widely regarded as one of the pillars of mobility for the future. Vehicles that are constantly connected open up opportunities for improving road maintenance as can be seen from examples ranging from Finland to Kenya.

Every day the milk producer Valio has over one hundred milk trucks on Finnish roads. Each truck covers around 275 000 km a year and their drivers are therefore perfectly placed to keep an eye on road conditions. In a pilot project between Valio, the Finnish Transport Agency and the IT consultancy Tieto this idea was put to use.

The milk trucks’ mobile information system was adapted to allow drivers to report various kinds of damage on the roads, from potholes to flooding and fallen trees and the exact location of the damage. This resulted in the transport agency being able to act more quickly and therefore avoid further deterioration and more extensive repair works.

A possible development would be to fit the milk trucks with cameras or sensors to do part of the monitoring automatically. These methods have been used with garbage trucks in various locations, including the UK and Kenya.

Projects

Sokndal, Norway

The recently opened Motorcenter Norway offers everything from go-carting to drag racing. Nynas was involved in the project by supplying Nypol HF 105, a polymer-modified bitumen ideal for pavements that are subjected to high stresses.

Projects

Gothenburg, Sweden

The Älvsborg Bridge spans the estuary of the Göta Älv river at the entrance to Gothenburg and the biggest port in Scandinavia. The bridge, officially opened in 1966, has a total length of 930 m and a suspended span of 418 m. To guarantee the bridge's functionality and extend its useful life, extensive maintenance work has been under way since 2019, the third and final stage being completed this summer.

Talking point

Road infrastructure in North-Western Europe

Even though many successful road projects have been completed in Western Europe in recent years, the durability and availability of the road infrastructure needs to be improved.

Interview

Paving the way for asphalt 4.0

Digitalisation is making inroads in the asphalt industry. The latest Eurasphalt & Eurobitume (E&E) Congress was held virtually in June. It was a success, but the next E&E event will allow industry stakeholders to meet face-to-face.

Noted

All the key players are working together to achieve the best possible result.

Katri Eskola, Specialist Road Maintenance Finnish Transport Infrastructure Agency

Talking point: The COVID-19 pandemic


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