The road is our path to freedom as motorcyclists. It can also contain several obstacles, such as potholes, sink holes, cracks, pooling/ponding of water, plus the months of construction it takes to fix those obstacles, sometimes causing delays for our riding time, and making stressful times out of our bike trips. But, what if there was another way? KWS, a VolkerWessels company based in Vianen, the Netherlands has been working on a plastic composite road concept, called the Plastic Road, and it may soon become a reality.
KWS has specialized in road construction and maintenance in Europe, owning several subsidiary companies that create and execute road construction and repair concepts. With the Plastic Road, they’re hoping to not only reduce plastic waste, but repurpose that waste into a road system that promotes lightweight construction and cuts down on the time it takes to build, maintain, and repair road systems. They also boast that this concept will sustain its own drainage system, while making traffic disturbances a thing of the past.
You read that right – in the future our roads could quite possibly be made out of our used soda cans and bottles, milk gallons, and other plastic waste products, instead of the concrete, tar, and asphalt roads we are now used to. Check out video of the Plastic Road concept below, and tell us in the comments if you think it would be a vast improvement to the roads we’re currently riding on today. Is this something you’d like to see happen in the future?
Also, watch test strip of the Plastic Road be laid here: