Perrin Street, Robinvale will be resurfaced later this month using recycled tyres.
A first for Victoria, Council and its contractor Centre State Asphalting, will work with Tyre Stewardship Australia – a company that is testing new mixes of crumbed rubber asphalt that can improve road durability and offer a significant recycling use for the millions of used tyres Australia generates each year.
Council’s Director Infrastructure Svetla Petkova said Council was thrilled to be part of such a groundbreaking and environmentally friendly initiative.
“Crumbed rubber asphalt has been used extensively overseas, in climate conditions similar to Australia, and has delivered excellent road performance results,” Ms Petkova said.
“Around 56 million tyres are generated each year in Australia, a majority of which go to landfill. This technology has the ability to reuse these tyres, meaning a more sustainable future.
“It’s really quite exciting and we’re thrilled to be the first in the state, and just the second in Australia, to deliver better infrastructure while addressing a sustainability challenge.”
Ms Petkova added that work to repair the cracked and damaged road surface of Perrin Street would now start at a later date.
“After conversations with Robinvale Euston Business Association regarding concerns about the days Perrin Street would be closed, we’ve moved the closure dates. Works will now be carried out from Saturday, 30 March to Wednesday, 3 April.”
Work will include completely removing the existing seal and road surface along Perrin Street and its associated parking bays and applying a new seal and a layer of crumbed rubber asphalt.
Road closures and detours will be in place during the upgrade, however footpaths will be open for pedestrian traffic at all times with crossings available at the intersections of Bromley Road and George Street.
Parking will be available in Bromley Road, Herbert Street, George Street and other public parking areas. Access to Perrin Street will be available via adjoining Ginn and Natale lanes.
Linemarking will take place after construction, and new concrete tree surrounds will be installed. No road closures will be required for this work.