For the Hajj Season, Saudi Arabia’s RGA Uses Cutting-Edge road Technology

For the Hajj Season, Saudi Arabia’s RGA Uses Cutting-Edge road Technology

JEDDAH For the 1445H Hajj season, the Roads General Authority (RGA) of Saudi Arabia has upgraded the roads leading to the Holy Sites with state-of-the-art machinery, a first for the region. This program is a component of the RGA’s larger plan to incorporate the most recent technological developments in the road industry to improve road quality and promote innovation.

The new machinery takes a creative approach by recycling the old asphalt and repaving it immediately. It processes the asphalt with water instead of heat, which results in a notable 23% decrease in energy consumption and a reduction in carbon dioxide emissions. This approach supports the RGA’s goals to advance environmental protection, increase effectiveness, and improve road safety.

The process has four main steps: first, 5–10 cm of the top layer of asphalt is removed; next, it is mixed with recycled materials; finally, it is reapplied and compacted to ensure it is ready for traffic. This approach lowers project costs overall and speeds up the road repair process while supporting the sustainability of natural resources.

With these improvements, the RGA is determined to lower traffic-related fatalities to less than 5 incidents per 100,000 people by 2030 and raise Saudi Arabia’s road quality index to the sixth rank globally. This is a big step in the right direction towards accomplishing these lofty objectives.

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