How To Correctly Install Bollards In Asphalt (GOVT Guidelines)

Asphalt, also called bitumen, is produced from the remains of oil distillation from natural deposits. It is abundant in urban construction and can be produced to specifications by refining and blending techniques. Asphalt can also be embedded with a variety of other methods such as sand, sandpaper and sandstone. A waterproof, sticky, ductile substance that has high moisture and water-resistance as well as high corrosion resistance.

Asphalt is produced by mixing to specifications based on final use. Road construction is similar to asphalt and concrete, both of which are made from aggregates mixed with bitumen as a binder.

The modern world consumes about 102 million tons of asphalt annually and is an important part of building roads, bridges, tunnels, highways and other infrastructure. This also includes the aesthetic attraction that defines space and provides security measures. Asphalt is free on construction sites and provides important visual information for drivers at optimum visibility.

Different types of asphalt mixtures are used in road construction, and different processing techniques have been used. Each has its advantages and disadvantages, bollards require a very firm and stable stand. Bollards require a high degree of stability, which is a major concern when paving asphalt, as asphalt is known for its more pliable properties.

Hot mixed asphalt is applied at temperatures above 300 degrees, and the aggregate must dry at this temperature before being mixed to remove moisture. The high heat causes the bitumen to lose viscosity and a hard surface is created.

Temperatures reach 300 – 330 degrees for pure asphalt and are in the lower 200 degrees range for asphalt concrete. Temperatures can reach 400 degrees in pure concrete and 200 degrees in asphalt.

Hot mixed asphalt is produced and applied by adding a binder; then the mixing process is restarted, resulting in a mixture at a temperature of 300 – 330 degrees in the lower 200-degree range. Hot mixtures are often used to build roads, bridges, sidewalks, parking lots and other road surfaces. They can be paved in a winter climate that carries a cooling surface and a higher temperature than they can pack.

Mixed asphalt is often used for the construction of roads with moderate traffic and can be laid at lower temperatures. Streets with moderate traffic are typically made up of warm mixtures, but warm mixed asphalt has been laid even at low temperatures and is not limited to summer construction. Mixed asphalt can be laid not only at lower temperatures but also in any season.

Cold mixing of asphalt means that the asphalt is emulsified with soap before being mixed with water, usually in the presence of cold water and soap.

This process reduces viscosity and leads to the formation of a thick layer of asphalt on the asphalt, similar to the surface of the concrete.

Asphalt is formed by heating bitumen until it becomes viscous, but not permanent. After laying a plaster, the water begins to evaporate, leading to degradation and emulsification. Cold mixed asphalt can be used just like hot asphalt, but with a different texture. This results in a cold mixture that gradually takes on the properties of hot mixed asphalt and increases the durability of the asphalt.

The mixture is then added to the mixture and cooked for 6-8 hours, then again for 3-4 hours and finally for 4-5 hours.

Asphalt is cut that is cold and consists of kerosene and other petroleum. This type of asphalt is not environmentally friendly. This additive facilitates the processing of the asphalt and evaporates as soon as the top layer is finished. The entire mixture is emptied and placed on the construction site where the road works are carried out. No pollutants are produced during processing, and no additives are evaporated.

Due to the high costs and high air pollution, this type of asphalt is therefore rarely used in modern buildings.

In road construction, there are different types of asphalt which have different properties, such as hardness, surface hardness and the amount of surface. Asphalt is a type of concrete with the same physical properties as concrete, but with a special physical property that distinguishes it from concrete. Asphalt normally produces less road noise than concrete surfaces and is less susceptible to air pollution than its concrete counterpart.

Bitumen, the binder, has a smooth surface and is soft and dark, but has no aesthetic possibilities and in some places, joints are visible. Concrete is hard due to its cement binders, and cement can contain a lot of water, as well as other materials such as sand, sandpaper and gravel.

Asphalt is much darker, softer and smoother than concrete, with visible joints and sections. Asphalt and concrete look and behave differently, but asphalt is on average cheaper than concrete. It has a higher surface area per square centimetre and a lower surface temperature and is cheap at about half the average concrete cost!

Asphalt is particularly sensitive to temperature and can become more susceptible to heavy loads that can deform the road surface due to high temperatures. When the binder completely decays, asphalt begins to break into loose chunks, cracks form, water can seep to the surface and cracks can cause damage.

Due to the heat sensitivity of bitumen, it is impossible to control its hardness in the hot season. Heat sensitivity is a major problem when it comes to everything that is built into asphalt, and high temperatures can make the asphalt more susceptible to heavy loads that can deform the surface and tear it into loose pieces. Installing bollards directly on asphalt without using a concrete foundation is unsafe and not recommended.

Asphalt in driveways and car parks does not provide a sufficiently stiff base for installation, and with such a vague surface, the effects of bollards – resistant properties – are compromised. Bollards also threaten to tip over if the asphalt foundation becomes soft due to high temperatures. This is particularly dangerous when they fall off, as they can seriously injure or even kill pedestrians.

The safe installation of bollards on asphalt is possible by a laying method using concrete moulds and anchor castings. This method is designed for the installation of bollards on surfaces that are not entirely made of concrete. Installation requires the use of a concrete anchor and threaded rod to secure, tighten and lower them. The bollard is then inserted into the anchorage, and the threaded rod is lowered and tightened around the bollard base.

After installation, the bollard is placed on a stable base, and the anchor castings are re-cast.

Asphalt is common in areas where bollards are needed to protect pedestrians, to demarcate lanes and to control access. A concrete foundation can make it safer, but it is best to ensure that the b-bollard is not affected by the changing properties of the asphalt due to temperature and climate fluctuations.

This ensures successful installation and long service life by counteracting the soft properties of the asphalt we recommend following the QLD government guidelines on bollards safety. There is no need to install a practical traffic monitoring system as long as the installer has the right knowledge and equipment.

Adam Hansen