Road construction - top course laying

Road construction - top course laying

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Credit: DR JEREMY BURGESS/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Road construction. Laying of the top 'wearing' course of a road. A layer of bituminous asphalt is laid by the spreader just above centre. The spreader keeps the asphalt hot with a gas flame. A hopper (bottom) then spreads tar-coated aggregate on the surface. This is compacted using a heavy roller to complete the surface. Photographed during the construction of the Norwich southern by-pass in Norfolk, England.

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Keywords: asphalt, building technology, construction, construction industry, laying, modern, motorway, road, road construction

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