Road and rail level crossings are a worldwide phenomenon that are a legacy from an era where traffic congestion and differential speeds were much less of an issue than they are today. Each year, many deaths are caused by vehicles and trains colliding at level crossings. There are many factors that contribute to these deaths, however, the solution is simple and universal. Create a permanent separation between these two types of transport. Rail separation projects have therefore become a key issue for infrastructure authorities and governments around the world.
TEXO has been at the forefront for many years in assisting engineers design construction solutions that provide minimal disruption to traffic as well as achieving a manageable lifecycle cost. In 2007, ReoCo 65/35 steel fibre was specified and used as the main form of sprayed concrete reinforcing for the Middleborough Road rail separation project in Victoria, Australia. The project created a duplicate rail line that passed under the roadway, permanently separating vehicles and trains. It also focussed on keeping pedestrians well away from high speed vehicle movements. Due to the construction methods used by the contractor consortium, Vicroads/JohnHolland/Connex, the project was completed below budget and well ahead of time and was awarded the Alliancing Association Award 2007.
Rail separation projects continue being designed and constructed today and remain a core focus for governments and infrastructure authorities. For many years TEXO has been providing a complete design advice service and high quality products such as our ReoCo 65/35 steel fibre. For more information about our fibre products or design advice, please contact us on 1300 00 8396.
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