Road maintenance, Finland

The Finish road network has a total length of 454,000 km. The State-maintained section – 78,000 km – consists of main roads class I and II, motorways and regional and connecting roads. In 2019, approximately 1,800 km of the State-maintained road network were repaved.

That figure was estimated to increase to 4,200 km during 2020, but all indications are that this level will be exceeded by a significant margin. One explanation of this increase is that the roads were in relatively poor condition at the beginning of 2020 because of the low level of financing in the preceding years.

Moreover, the COVID-19 pandemic meant that additional financing could be invested in the infrastructure in order to stimulate the national economy. Finally, the low price of oil resulted in it being possible to undertake more maintenance initiatives without it costing more.

Projects

Kiruna, Sweden

Work at the world's largest underground mine has resulted in deformations and crack formations at ground level that are so extensive that parts of the city of Kiruna are having to be relocated. One important project in this transformation is the new 7 km long section of the E10 north of the city.

Research

The bitumen laboratory in Nynäshamn

The Nynas bitumen laboratory – BitTech – plays a key role in offering the best technical solutions in close collaboration with customers. Carl Hultin explains more.

Noted

Nynas successfully exits reorganisation

The District Court of Södertörn has decided that the Nynas company reorganisation is now complete, following a creditors meeting where the previously submitted composition proposal was accepted.

Projects

Safe work in Surrey

Although a lot of surface dressing work as well as other roadworks were cancelled during the UK lockdown, one Nynas customer, Hazell & Jefferies Ltd of Oxford, were able to convince their clients that they could keep working safely under the tight restrictions.

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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