Temporary Road Construction Without Compromise
Roads are Forever?
Not always. Many activities needing roadways are short-lived and are completed after a brief flurry of intensive work. For these situations, temporary road construction methods are the choice.
Traffic diversions are sometimes a necessity while improvements or repairs are performed. Even though it’s only for a limited time, halting the movement of vehicles through the area is not an option. A temporary bypass road is the solution.
Many organizations faced with remote activity have off-road vehicles and equipment that are built to go where there are no roads. You might wonder “why not just do without roads?”
The main reason is that nature at its wildest can be exceptionally hostile to any transportation. Natural terrain can provide many obstacles to navigation by any type of wheeled vehicles.
The toughest trucks can struggle not to:
- Tumble into crevasses
- Get entangled in thick vegetation
- Sink into muddy bogs
- Slide down perilous slopes.
These conditions are challenging, if not impossible, for an ultra-light off-road vehicle to traverse, much less a heavy equipment-laden truck.
A very compelling reason for temporary roads is the trend to impact all that nature as little as possible. It’s a modern goal to restore the natural state of an area after any type of industry has completed its work.
This includes the roadways used to access the sites. “Reclamation” is now part of most projects and this involves making the roadway “disappear” after the work is done.
Conventional road construction services may not be suitable for a temporary roadway. It is costly, may require soil replacement and generally requires a large amount of infill material to be trucked in to make a road surface viable.
And because of the punishing conditions of nature and heavy traffic, maintenance can be prohibitively frequent and expensive.
If you need a temporary road, you can use temporary road construction methods.
Paradox provides two solutions to temporary road construction challenges:
- Temporary matting
- Heavy-duty portable decking
- Made of wood and/or metal
- Placed directly on the grade
- Tough Cell temporary road technology
- Geosynthetic cellular confinement
- Efficient use of resources
- High strength and durability
- Suitable for paved or unpaved surfaces
The Best Ways
The definition of “temporary” in any given situation will dictate the best choice. Paradox is a road building company well versed with all of them.
If the path required will be very short-lived, temporary road mats may be a suitable choice.
- Inexpensive and can be rented
- Fast to transport and place
- Can adapt to just about any terrain
- Quick to remove
- Rapid reclamation
Any one road mat can be moved or relocated independent of the rest.
This type of temporary roadway may be suitable for short term traffic bypass or access to drilling sites, pipelines and power lines.
Situations that require a more robust surface that will have a longer service life can benefit from temporary access road construction using Tough Cell, a Paradox specialty. Tough Cell is the choice for durability and safety.
- Engineered for all types of traffic, including heavy haul
- Works on extremely soft and uneven ground
- Rigid structure promotes safer road surface
- Faster, cheaper and more ecological than most conventional temporary roadway construction
Because of their small material footprint, Tough Cell roads can be removed and recycled when the job is done with minimal residue and natural reclamation can follow.
The Final Word on Temporary
A temporary road should not mean compromising on quality and should not be considered as “disposable”. Paradox believes any temporary road construction project should be high quality, durable and safe.