Islamabad—National Highway Authority (NHA) has introduced new technologies and non-conventional materials for the first time in Pakistan on national highways and motorways. An official of NHA told media that the new technologies introduced include Hot & Cold Recycling, of Asphalt Concrete Pavements, Polymer Modified Bitumen, and Crumb Rubber Modified Bitumen.
Other technologies, he said these include Stone Mastic Asphalt Technology, Cellulose Fibre Technology by Forta FI Fibres,Rigid Pavement Technology,Composite Pavement Technology, Geo-grid Reinforcement of Pavements.
He said that these technologies entail technical advantages of varied nature as also cost savings, assessed through detailed research and trial projects. He said that the NHA follows an in-place code of practice during construction of new highways and maintenance of existing roads.
During construction,he said, the quality of construction is also ensured through supervision consultants whose primary responsibility is to guide the contractor on proper construction methodology and carry out checks and balances for quality control issues. The material quality checks are documented in a prescribed format, he said payments are verified subject to specifications compliance.