Following last month's article in the newsletter AustStab we were contacted by a member asking why we didn't speak to the economic, social and environmental benefits of side casting. We often try to present the technical position first, to ensure that state road agencies, consultants and contractors are provided with the most technically accurate current information available.
We believe that there are many potential benefits to side casting. Some of these were highlighted last year by the Highly Commended Award Winner Nambucca Shire Council. A copy of their award presentation is available by clicking here.
This month we presented to RMS (NSW) on the benefits of sidecasting. The presentation will be available shortly on the Intranet for all members to utilise as a resource when talking to LGA and SRA.
Some of these benefits include being able to reuse materials from a lower or upper level of the pavement after correcting the pavement deficiencies in the lower levels. The process allows pavement materials to be fully recycled by stabilising the side cast materials. Reduced truck movements and increased rate of production by having materials available insitu are all obvious benefits.