October 9, 2018 / 4:44 PM / 7 months ago

Vinci lays first kilometer of fully-recycled motorway

The logo Eurovia Vinci is seen at a mobile factory installed to produce tons of recycled asphalt near the A10 motorway in Gironde for a test for the first "100% recycled" road by Eurovia, in collaboration with Vinci Autoroute, as part of a 1 km section renovation project, in Saint-Christoly-de-Blaye, France, October 9, 2018. Eurovia inaugurated its "ecological" route, a world first, containing 100% recycled materials. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau

SAINT-CHRISTOLY-DE-BLAYE, France (Reuters) - Road building company Eurovia and its parent Vinci have laid a kilometer of motorway using only recycled asphalt from a mobile plant, a world first that they said could help reduce the cost of motorway maintenance and cut pollution.

The mobile recycling plant can be disassembled and moved along the highway as the works progress.

The plant “makes it possible to recycle up to 100 percent of asphalt aggregates nearby road maintenance sites,” Vinci said in a statement. “This development represents significant progress compared with the current recycling rates of 50 percent to 60 percent.”

The pilot test was carried out on the A10 which links Paris and the southwestern city of Bordeaux.

Reporting by Claude Canellas; Editing by Richard Lough and Peter Graff

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