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October 2017

BLA International Conference: Doing More with Less - Extending Road Life with Lime

Road owners and operators are seeing the life of roads extended by around 25% by the addition of lime to asphalt, depending on the local conditions. The extended life results in cost and carbon savings because it lowers the maintenance demand of the road. Although common in the USA, and increasingly specified across Europe, this technology is little used in the UK.

Further, the 2017 Road Maintenance Survey shows that more and more authorities are spending shrinking budgets on unexpected repairs - reactive maintenance that is 20x less cost effective than planned works - and that most roads are not resurfaced at the recommended frequency. Extending the lifespan of surfacing by the addition of lime helps address both issues.

With this in mind, the British Lime Association is delivering an international conference at Lords Cricket Ground on 16th November, which will give a rare opportunity to hear first-hand the experiences of the Texas Department for Transportation, alongside the latest UK and European research evidence on the benefits of lime additions in road construction.

Speakers include Darren G. Hazlett, P.E., who retired this year as Deputy Director of the Texas Department of Transportation Construction Division after 38 years, Rob Gillespie from the Local Government Technical Advisors Group and Steve Finnie representing the Highways Term Maintenance Association, and Donald Burton from Highways England will provide a keynote closing address.

Other international experience and the latest research evidence is presented by Derby University, Nottingham University and the European Lime Association. Britpave, TRL and the Road Surface Treatment Association are providing insights on the use of hydraulically bound materials, demonstrating that lime in road construction offers recycling and sustainability benefits.

If you attend you will be able to claim 4 hours CPD.

Further, delegates who are members of relevant professional institutions or trade associations (e.g. CIHT, IAT, ICE, HMEP, CECA), or from local authorities, or national government and its agencies receive a 20% discount off the registration fee.

Discounted tickets cost £130 (plus VAT).

For more information and to book your place, see the attached flier or contact Mary Burling:

View the BLA Conference flier here.


Notes to Editors

The BLA is a constituent body of the Mineral Products Association (MPA), which is the trade association for the aggregates, asphalt, cement, concrete, lime, mortar and silica sand industries. The BLA represents the interests of three member companies, responsible for producing 75% of the lime sold in the UK. The BLA members are Lhoist UK, Singleton Birch Ltd and Tarmac.

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