Despite the hot weather so far, the Autostrada Soarelui looks like after the bombing. The asphalt was damaged and the potholes appeared endangering the safety of those driving on the A2.
Winter is the season in which asphalt suffers the most. It is not uncommon for asphalt pits to appear like mushrooms after rain in the first months of spring. It is less common to see such pits multiply in the first part of winter, given that the weather has been particularly mild so far.
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The representatives of the Road Company (CNAIR) blame the freeze-thaw cycles for the potholes in the road. However, the frost is only announced in the coming days – so far temperatures have rarely dropped below zero degrees Celsius.
Bigger problems are on the sections located between kilometer 12 + 000 – km 24 + 000 and further on, from kilometer 24 + 000 – km 36 + 000. These are exactly the two sectors on which extensive repair works started in September 2019. They should be completed in September 2021, but in the meantime the condition of the road is deteriorating, and those who suffer are the drivers.
The highway of the Sun looks like after the bombing. What measures does CNAIR announce?
At km 34 of the A2 motorway, the direction to the Capital, drivers must slow down, because there are three pits, one after the other. And very close to this place, less than 20 meters away is another pit measuring 50 centimeters. Often, in order to avoid damaging their car, drivers drive between lanes, if it is not crowded and if they manage to see the pits in time.
CNAIR says that potholes in asphalt are formed both due to the aging of the road and as a result of freeze-thaw cycles and the use of anti-skid materials. In these conditions, CNAIR announced the development of works to cover the asphalt pits.
“In order to ensure the viability of the road by carrying out repairs to the road, in addition to the speed restriction to 80 km / h installed in 2018, it is necessary to divert traffic from lane 1 to lane 2, on the degraded sector and maintain the restriction throughout the repairs “, Communicated CNAIR.
But this is only a temporary measure. According to CNAIR, the builders who won the tenders for the two sections (SC PORR CONSTRUCT SRL, respectively SC SAGA BUSINESS CONSTRUCT SRL) will resume the road rehabilitation works only in spring. These involve milling the concrete slabs in the affected areas and pouring asphalt layer.
However, the operation does not seem to give the expected results, given that on the sectors where the rehabilitation of the already poured asphalt has been peeled.
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