One of the hottest topics in the field of highways maintenance today is the issue of skidding resistance.
The skid resistant performance of road surfaces varies due to the age, type and condition of the aggregate and/or binder present. Skid resistance is measured in a number of ways (SCRIM/Griptester etc) however a site visit is required to validate the reasons for the observed low recorded values.
Generally, as the wet skid resistance of a road surface falls the likelihood of accidents increases and pressure on highway authorities is mounting from many sides:
The Government has set challenging targets for accident reduction measured by BVPIs.
Authorities are facing increasing numbers and value of liability claims.
The public are becoming more aware of the issue. This has been reflected through national TV coverage and a number of recent high profile incidents.
In response, the qualified pavement team at Wilson Pym May have developed innovative solutions for the assessment of accident and low skid resistance sites.
These solutions make the most of modern, map-based technologies to draw together all relevant information required to make the best decisions both in terms of scheme prioritisation and best value treatment options.