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In the quest for innovative practices that might be applied in WA, three exciting research areas were explored for potential larger scale investigations.
Solar pavements, although highly suitable for our sunny WA and with promising technology in development, is still in its infancy and would probably be better used in parking applications rather than pavement at the moment.
Recycled plastic roads would be a great stride forward environmentally and certainly warrants more research on many levels in order to develop applications that would work in WA. This technology is one to watch but isn’t quite at the level where it can be applied large scale.
Nanotechnology opens up the door to self-healing pavements and improved binders which could be significant game changers in longevity of our WA roads. These certainly warrant research on large scale applications to see if the nano-scale results can be achieved in large scale applications. Watch this space for further research into this technology.