Case Study

SteelSurf: Reducing Traffic Accidents and Making Roundabouts Safer

Heavy goods vehicles were contributing to accidents and the deterioration of asphalt until Harsco developed a proprietary mixture to serve as a durable, anti-skid solution.

Background 

At Doncaster, South Yorkshire, the local authorities had been watching a roundabout section of the highway that had high traffic accident rates. After an investigation, they discovered that a local distribution center nearby was fueling heavy goods vehicles (HGVs), which were then heading straight onto the roundabout after refueling.

These HGVs were spilling fuel upon entering the roundabout, which was leading to increased accidents as well as the deterioration of the asphalt surface. Historically, the local authority had been using a traditional High Friction Surfacing product on the highway, but the material was not as effective as it needed to be.