“Plastic Roads” could be the best solution to common problems on Nigeria roads


Would you like to know why “Plastic Roads” could be the best solution to the common problems of flood and potholes on Nigeria roads? Read our explanations below!

Many times, we have revealed and shown here on NaijaCarNews how flooding and potholes are becoming too rampant on all major Nigerian roads.

Everyone is usually quick to put the blame on the government but, we cannot also shy away from the fact that few acts of indiscipline on the people’s part contribute greatly to some of these road problems. Yes, that’s right!

Naturally, one will think that dropping a used plastic bottle anywhere on a public road is harmless, but just imagine a scenario whereby thousands of passersby replicate the same unhygienic attitude, what can such lead to?

Obviously this, among many others, is the reason why we have too many clogged drainages and filthy environment on Nigerian public roads today which is also the sole reason we usually experience flooded roads.

Check out this image below to see an example of what we are talking about;


Just one bottle per man and we have plastic floods

This is not what this article is really about now, or is it? Of course not!

We are actually fascinated about “Plastic Roads” and the potentials it holds in helping our country to achieve 100% potholes-free roads especially considering the amount of “plastic waste” that is being recorded daily in Nigeria today.

Regular roads are usually made of “Asphalt” but plastic roads, on the other hand, are completely made of “Plastic” or a composite of other materials with plastic.

While some people might want to argue that plastic roads are still “New” to the world, we will rather point out that some nations like Indonesia, US, UK and India are already taking advantage of plastic roads.

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About ₦700 million (£1.6 million) was announced for plastic road technology trials and development by MacRebur - a UK asphalt enhancement company located in Scotland.

There are also currently over 34,000 km of standard plastic roads already being used in most of the rural areas of India and also Tamil Nadu – a southern state of India is already having most of its roads being made of plastic.


Plastic roads will help Nigeria to cut down annual heavy road budgets and also find a better recycling purpose for our plastic wastes

Even though “Plastic roads” do have their own cons, the pros, however, outweigh that of the usual asphalt concrete type of roads. Yes, they have better wear-resistance characteristics which mean fewer repairs and fewer potholes.

We strongly believe that “Plastic roads” could be the best solution to Nigeria’s unending problems of flood and potholes on major roads as it would help to recycle all of our plastic waste and dramatically reduce the gigantic budget usually allocated for fixing and building roads in Nigeria.

Also, if plastic waste would be getting recycled for plastic roads, then we will rarely see them clogging up drainages and causing floods, isn’t it?

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Oluwaseun Solomon