Sustainable development in developing countries takes on important social and economic ramifications, since the lack of rural transport for moving produce and labor to urban markets impairs economic opportunity and growth.
According to the World Bank, up to 1 billion people in poor countries do not have access to an all-weather road.
Rapid economic growth in the developing countries in the next decades will increase the demands for energy and transportation. Sustainable Neoloy®-based PRS-Neoweb™ solutions represent the best available solution for developing and improving transportation infrastructure under the difficult conditions (e.g. terrain, budget, weather) typical of these countries in which durability, resource use and ease of construction are paramount.
The PRS-Neoweb’s increased bearing capacity reduces the amount of granular infill materials needed and enables the use of on-site or low quality and/or poorly graded infill, which are normally unsuitable for reinforcement. This has clear environmental and economic benefits for developing countries:
Benefits of PRS-Neoweb
- Utilize recycled asphalt (RAP) and concrete and other non-cohesive granular fill, such as sand
- High dimensional stability under dynamic loading and thermal cycling
- Very high resistance to environmental conditions, oxidation and UV degradation over time.
- Lower infill qualities and quantities required
- Reduce the need for quarrying
- Requires less haulage and earthmoving equipment
- Decrease fuel use, pollution and the carbon footprint
- Minimize on-site disruption from dust, erosion and runoff.
- Meets sustainable (and LEED) goals of using local, native or recycled materials for infill
- Advanced water management technique by maximizing infiltration in structural layers
- Reduces runoff and flooding, and increases filter of pollutants by the soil.
- Lower project costs and longer lifespan
- Less repairs and maintenance costs
- All-weather roads developing regions increase farmers’ ability to get goods to market
- Simple installation lets local work crews receive on-site training and work on project