Rubber road trial aims to cut noise

16th January 2009, Comments 0 comments

The Ministry of Public Works reports it is launching a trial of a rubber road surface on a stretch of the A50 near Apeldoorn.

AMSTERDAM --  The ministry has a target to achieve a 10-decibel reduction in surface noise on Dutch roads, and it thinks a rubber road surface might be the answer.

An earlier small-scale trial of the rubber surface in Zeeland, in the southwest of the country, produced promising results. Now the ministry says it plans to develop the rubber road surface into a "fully-fledged alternative to asphalt."

The rubber road idea was first piloted in Japan, but experiments there showed it lacked durability.

Radio Netherlands/ Expatica

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