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Cemex helps build Bedale Bypass

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With the support of Eng;and’s Roads Minister, the North Yorkshire County Council has decided to construct the Bedale Bypass to ease congestion and improve travel times to neighbouring towns.

The previous Bedale road went through the towns of Bedale, Leeming Bar and Aiskew, with 14 000 vehicles travelling through a day. The new 3-mile Bedale Bypass has been designed as an alternative route that will reduce traffic flow by half. It includes two roundabouts and two rail bridges, and connects midway to the A1 highway.

Challenging ground conditions, particularly in the high embankments on the bridge’s approaches, meant that great care has to be taken in choosing the materials. The bypass was laid out in three laters: an initial base, Cement Bound Ganular Material (CBGM) sub-base, and finally one of three specialty asphalt overlay surfaces chosen to the specifications of that portion of the road.

Cemex supplied 20 000 t of CBGM and 25 000 t of asphalt overlay for the project.

Our local ready-mix plants couldn’t supply the entirety of the high volumes that were required, so our Cemex Paving Solutions set up a mobile batching plant based at Leyburn Quarry during the scheme,” said Matthew Crowder, Business Manager for CEMEX Paving Solutions in the northern United Kingdom.

The Bedale Bypass opened two months ahead of schedule, and within budget.

"The much-needed bypass will improve the community's lives by cutting traffic, improving air quality and road safety,” said Roads Minister Andrew Jones at the ribbon-cutting ceremony. “The tourist industry will also benefit as journey times to the beautiful Yorkshire Dales will be reduced. The government is making a record investment in roads, such as the Bedale bypass, speeding up people's journeys and boosting the economy."

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