near Gloucester
  A ࠭illion upgrade of the A40 trunk road at Highnam in Gloucestershire was one of the first road repair projects in the UK to recycle all the waste materials into the refurbished carriageway.

Hanson੮frastructure and road servicing division, Hanson Contracting, re-used 100 per cent of the worn-out road surfacing - known as planings - in the base layer of the rejuvenated trunk road. The planings were taken to a local Hanson quarry where they were processed into a base course asphalt using a specialist mobile unit operated by partner Ringway.

As well as all the planings being recycled into the new structure, all the other site waste - including spoil, concrete and metal - was also reused, significantly reducing the carbon footprint of the site. The refurbishment of a 2.4 kilometre stretch of the road was completed in December 2008 and undertaken by Hanson Contracting as the supply chain partner for contractor InterRoute on behalf of the Highways Agency. As well as new surfacing, drainage, safety fencing, street lighting, signs and road markings, it included the widening of 1.2 kilometres of the eastbound carriageway to provide a bus lane.

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Diversions of electric cables, water and gas mains added to the complexity of the project.

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