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

Sätaröd-Vä, Sweden

European route 22 (E22) is no less than 5,320 km long, from Holyhead in the UK via the Netherlands, Germany, Sweden and Latvia to Ishim in Russia. The part of the E22 that runs through Sweden plays a major role for the country’s southern region, not least because of the link to the Copenhagen area. The problem is that the road is very busy and accident-prone, and is also close to residential areas that are affected by noise.

Projects

The Rotebro Link, Sweden

County road 267 in northern Stockholm is an important, busy link between the E4 and the E18. To improve the traffic flow on this section, the contractor Svevia has been hired by the Swedish Transport Administration to widen a 6 km section from one to two lanes in each direction.

Projects

Punt Val Mulinaun, Switzerland

High-quality waterproofing of a bridge is generally carried out using mastic asphalt. This is all the more true if there are increased stresses due to climatic conditions or traffic loads. One example is the Punt-Val-Mulinaun arch bridge on the Oberalpstrasse H19 in Graubünden, Switzerland.

Projects

Asphalt in High Cross Slope, Germany

In summer 2017, Nynas delivered a carefully chosen PMB grade, Nypol 25, for asphalt layers of a test track.

Noted

The score for quality is lower

Roberto Crotti, World Economic Forum (WEF), on the state of the European road network.

Interview on the link between roads and competitiveness


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