Resurfacing a residential street over poor quality substrates

Mitchell Road, Enfield, London



London Borough of Enfield


Marlborough Highways

Location type

Mitchell Road, Enfield


May 2018

The challenge

Mitchell Road, a residential street in North London was due for scheduled resurfacing to replace the existing surface that was aged and in poor condition. Core samples showed that the road base had originally been built using unbound construction waste. The existing surface was clearly not coping with traffic from residents and HGV movements from the nearby industrial site. Simply replacing with a conventional asphalt mix would risk future cracking. The cost and delays involved with full depth reconstruction meant that this was not a viable option. The client, London Borough of Enfield, was keen to find an innovative long-term surfacing solution that could be installed quickly and would help to break the cycle of repeated failure and repair.

Our solution

After discussions with Tarmac’s Technical Product Support Manager, ULTILAYER 6mm SMA, Tarmac’s high performance, polymer modified asphalt was identified as a solution. ULTILAYER combines outstanding flexibility and strength to deliver longterm durability, even on challenging sites. The advanced polymer modified binder would provide the enhanced flexibility and durability needed to cope with vehicles manoeuvring and trafficking by commercial traffic. ULTILAYER can be laid in a single layer, to replace the surface and binder course. This would allow resurfacing work to be completed quickly to reduce road closures and accommodate restrictions in pavement depth.

Results and benefits

The old surface was planed out and 120 tonnes of 6mm ULTILAYER asphalt was supplied and laid over two days. Using this innovative approach has provided a long-term solution to the problem of cracking on this road and overlaying of an unbound material. This has resulted in extended pavement life and reductions in long term maintenance expenditure, road closures and disruption for local people. Significant cost savings were achieved by avoiding full depth reconstruction and reductions on site traffic meant less disruption to local residents and businesses. There was also a major improvement in the ride quality of the new surface, in addition it is significantly quieter for local residents.

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