Foam bitumen technology applies the process of recycling in road maintenance and rehabilitation.
Acting chairperson for Malawi’s parastatal responsible for roads the National Roads Authority (NRA) Betty Mahuka said at the official launch of the technology in Malawi’s commercial capital, Blantyre, that the Malawian government has decided to embrace the technology because it is a more cost-effective method of road maintenance and rehabilitation, which is capable of assisting the government in its bid to curb the country’s crisis of road rehabilitation.
Mahuka said this is an opportune time for Malawi to embrace such a cost-effective technology because the government is involved in a countrywide programme on road maintenance and rehabilitation dubbed the road maintenance and rehabilitation project (Romarp).
She noted that it is important that the roads authority should intensify the use of the technology to avoid further deterioration of Malawi’s road network since most of the roads in the country have reached the end of their design life as they have existed without any maintenance for more than 20 years.
The NRA launched the foam bitumen technology to government officials, engineering consultants and contractors working in Malawi’s road sector.
Malawi’s minister of transport and public works Henry Mussa remarked that the use of such cost-effective technologies have a great role to play towards the fulfilment of the Malawian government’s agenda of economic development.
“Good roads are essential for socioeconomic development,” he said.
International facilitator Dave Collings, of Loudon International, made presentations on a number of areas regarding the application of the technology, which include background to recycling with foam bitumen stabilisation, the Malawi experience in relation to the technology, design and execution and project examples and economics.
Road transport is the most common means of transport in Malawi accounting for the movement of over 90% of goods.