Ground protection mats are invaluable during road extension and / or road widening works to enable access, provide an even surface and protect the ground underneath.
Providing a stable base for road building machinery and vehicles
When extending or widening roads, it is necessary to provide access and a stable base for any machinery and vehicles in order to get the work done safely. Whether the ground is uneven, muddy, sandy, slippery or in any way treacherous, using ground protection mats in the form of crane or bog mats creates a safe, solid and even surface to work from and also enables vehicles to traverse the most difficult ground conditions even in adverse weather.
Bog mats come in a wide range of sizes, with the thicker versions able to take weights of up to 250 tonnes, so are ideal to support even the heaviest machinery and construction vehicles.
Providing safe walkways for pedestrians
When road extending or widening works are taking place, pedestrian walkways will often need to be diverted away from the works, for both practical and safety reasons. When the surrounding surfaces are unsuitable for pedestrian access, bog mats can be used to create temporary safe walkways over ground that would otherwise be difficult to traverse.
Protecting surrounding land
Particularly in rural areas, works to extend and widen roads will involve moving machinery and vehicles around the surrounding land, both to gain access and in order to work on the new road surface. As well as providing temporary access and safe working areas for these vehicles and machinery, bog mats provide ground protection for the land itself.
By providing a barrier between the underlying ground and the machinery and vehicles doing the work, bog mats protect the ground together with any underground services from damage. They will help guard against ground churn and disintegration as well as preventing any cross contamination that might occur.
This is important both from the point of view of safeguarding the environment and surrounding landscape, as well as in terms of reducing the risk of compensation claims or environmental reinstatement costs. Bog mats can protect against damage and contamination that could result in either environmental catastrophes and / or financial disasters for those involved in the project.
Practical Information and Advice
Temporary access and stable surfaces for road extensions and road widening works are easily set up using bog mats. They can be transported to the site and laid in position using lifting machinery that is likely already available for the works, thereby reducing any extra costs. Birketts’ bog mats don’t even need to be joined together, so set up is quick and easy.
We are also able to offer a very reliable and competitively priced delivery service, having built up relationships with our hauliers over many years. We deliver across the UK, Ireland and Europe and our clients know that their ground protection mats will be delivery exactly when and where they need them with the minimum of fuss.
Why not give Birketts a call today to discuss how we can help with your next road extension or widening project?
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