Roads given pressure spray

YOU may notice an unusual set-up of trucks on our roads recently, but it is all in the interest of driver safety by improving skid resistance, according to Main Roads Minister Craig Wallace.

Mr Wallace said this truck and its vacumn-type machine has been rehabilitating the highways of the Darling Downs as a safety measure for motorists.

“The truck uses a technique called Ultra High Pressure Water Texturising to blast and vacumn excess bitumen, oil and tyre rubber from the road,” Mr Wallace said.

“This gives the road a rougher texture, which makes it easier for tyres to grip and less prone to skidding.

“It's an environmentally friendly and cheaper alternative to slapping down more bitumen on our highways.”

Mr Wallace said the truck had been in Yelarbon and Inglewood and was due to leave Warwick before heading to Toowoomba along the New England Highway and then on to Pittsworth, Oakey and Dalby.


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