Discuss the merits and demerits of bitumen road.
1 Answer

The merits of bitumen road are as follows:

1) It gives joint less smooth surface.

2) Failure of Bitumen road is gradual.

3) The quick repair of road is possible.

4) Curing time is less.

5) It can be opened to traffic soon as compared to concrete road.

6) In this road, initial investment is less.

7) Overall life cycle cost of bitumen road is less.

8) It gives the lower noise level

The demerits of bitumen road are as follows:

1) Bitumen roads are less durable.

2) They have less tensile strength.

3) They develop hydrocarbon pollution to soil.

4) Maintenance cost is more than cement concrete road.

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