Through Adrien filoche
A nightmare for motorists and cyclists, potholes are particularly feared in Rouen (Seine-Maritime), where they are regularly reported on social networks. To try to stem this scourge, the Metropolis has had a new machine for several weeks which serves to seal them more effectively.
“He is a designer wrapper. A majority of municipalities are already equipped in France, ”says Djoudé Merabet. The vice-president of the Rouen Normandy Metropolis in charge of town planning promises that this new tool will make it possible to gain in reactivity and speed to fill the potholes. While improving the working conditions of maintenance agents.
Fast, safe and comfortable
Coater designer, this tool works in a relatively simple way. “The officers do a first manual cleaning of the pothole. Then the machine is used to apply a first layer of water and asphalt. A roll passes, then comes a second layer, ”explains Djoude Merabet. The hole is then filled.
Each year, there are interventions on approximately 50 kilometers of rugged roads in the Metropolis of Rouen.
According to him, this ergonomic machine saves 30 to 40 minutes on a classic intervention. “The agents no longer need to bend down. They can intervene much more quickly and in a more secure manner, ”he insists.
If this machine has been circulating for a few weeks in the streets of Rouen, it should be used more from mid-December. In fact, winter coincides with the appearance of potholes, since humidity and frost cause cracks to form on the road.
There are also old agents who use it on a daily basis. “If the effects are conclusive, there will be a reflection on its commissioning on various local poles”, specifies Djoudé Merabet. Keeping in mind that the Metropolis will not be able to equip itself with a multitude of machines, the unit price being 380,000 euros.
For the vice-president of Métropole Rouen Normandie, this machine is a new tool at the service of municipalities and residents. “It is also necessary that each inhabitant can report potholes because it is the best way for the Metropolis to intervene quickly”, he concludes.
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