Wheel Tracks the Compromise between Agricultural and Environmental Interests

Paper by KORMELINK WOERTMAN from ISCR 7th 1994 Vienna Austria

Changes in society are giving rise to growing objections to surfacing any more sand roads. These objections are provoked by the interest in the environment, countryside and cultural history. On the other hand, agricultural developmont calls for continued mechanization in order to reduce production costs. This means, among other things, that farmers will have to have access to the fields at all times without too many obstacles. A good compromise solution has been found in the shape of wheel-track surfacings. Concrete has been chosen as the most appropriate material for this surfacing works because of the advantages it offers in terms of environment, countryside, safety, construction costs and the degree of acceptance by the roads authority as far as the expected maintenance and management costs aie conceu'uued.

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