Continuing to break boundaries in modern and truly efficient road surfacing, Aggregate Industries finished work on a major road improvement scheme in Leeds ahead of schedule thanks to its meticulously planned approach.

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Located immediately off the M1 Junction 44, the A639 from Leeds Road to Pontefract Road services the motorway slip road and a number of local distribution centres, including Royal Mail.

The carriageway required extensive planing, adjustments and included the replacement of ironwork and kerbs. A key requirement of the project was that it needed to be completed quickly with minimum disruption to nearby businesses and the travelling public.

Liaising closely with local businesses over a three month period prior to works commencing on site, the Aggregate Industries Contracting team put together a phased, 24 hours working programme that maintained access to all affected businesses throughout the duration of the works.

Using this fastidious 24 hour working approach, no time was lost between shift changeovers. During Phase 1 of the works, Aggregate Industries was able to lay a whopping 5,855 tonnes of asphalt and approx. 7,500mof geotextile in just one weekend. Saturday night alone recorded 3,872 tonnes of asphalt laid in 18 hours, this averaged at an impressive 215 tonnes every hour during this period.

Aggregate Industries completed their work well ahead of schedule and delivered the project in just 54 hours compared to the 58.5 hours that were originally scheduled.

Paddy Murphy, Managing Director of Contracting Services at Aggregate Industries, said: “To plane out Friday night, and inlay 5,855 tonnes asphalt by Sunday evening is simply unprecedented and we are incredibly proud of what we achieved on this project. As we look to the future of our industry, the onus on optimising efficiencies and alleviating disruption to the public and local businesses will only become greater. We are confident thatour meticulous planning and highly-skilled staff will have no problem achieving this.”

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