In this way, the paver built one strip after the other. At first glance, this was an uncomplicated job, but "the demands made on the durability of the longitudinal joints were far beyond those required in normal road construction," explained Volker Schäfer. For this reason, the joints were already sprayed with polymer-modified bitumen when paving the base course. The joints of the wearing course also underwent special treatment. The results are impressive: "This is a lighthouse project, a reference project that sets new standards in terms of quality, especially with regard to evenness."
Constant team support
The first construction phase at the terminal was completed in September 2012, and the second and last sections are planned to be taken into operation in 2013. The paving teams were constantly assisted by engineers who focus exclusively on providing professional project support. This was really worthwhile: "The results from the checks related to paving material and paving performance were impeccable," says Kolja Schwandt from EUROGATE. And this was achieved despite a challenge that can thwart even the very best technology – the typical, rainy North German weather.