A SUSTAINABLE way to repair the carriageway using recycled materials is set to be used on two roads in Darlington.

Repairs will take place on the Middleton Road to Sadberge Road and Hewitson Road during September and October.

The existing road materials will be recycled and reused on site as part of the new road construction, saving money and benefiting the environment.

The repair system works by pulverising the existing road material which would normally be excavated, removed and replaced. The pulverised material is mixed with cement and water on site and relayed before a new surface layer is put on top.

Darlington Borough Council said the work will help reduce its carbon footprint as less materials are quarried and driven to and from site during the repairs.

The Middleton Road to Sadberge Road repairs will be strengthened with extra material excavated during road repairs elsewhere in the borough and stored rather than disposed of.

Councillor Andy Keir, cabinet member for local services, said: “We have carried out a few of these recycling road schemes in the past.

“This method of road repair is better for the environment and costs less so it is a win-win situation. I am also glad that materials from more traditional road repairs are being recycled and used.”

“Before any road repairs we carry out extensive investigations and where it is suitable will be using this recycling method."

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