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 Post subject: Re: Sand on the tar road near Olifants?
Unread postPosted: Thu Jul 26, 2012 1:22 pm 
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Scipio wrote:
Having driven that sandy road the past 2 days a few times, I can safely say that the road is dangerous, with ridges of sand, and it should be "broomed" with the broom contraption that is just lying on the side of the road about 3 k's out from camp on the right hand side. :thumbs_up:



Have to agree with you here Scips seeing that we drove that road quite a few times when we were up at letaba in June it is dangerous :big_eyes:

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 Post subject: Re: Sand on the tar road near Olifants?
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The tar roads in Kruger are constructed and maintained using a process of "sand sealing".

Refer to the linked pdf below for a in depth discussion:
http://asac.csir.co.za/capsa/Documents/053.pdf

This does seem to explain most of the instances where I have seen sand covering the tar roads.


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 Post subject: Re: Sand on the tar road near Olifants?
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What I have also found interesting is that the sand remains on the tar for a long time after. I have been on a trip and seen them doing the road works, and driven on the 'freshly' laid sand, then returned a good while after, to find the road still has sand on it.

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 Post subject: Sand on tar road
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Can anyone tell me why there is sand on the main tar road around Satara?


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 Post subject: Re: Sand on the Tar Roads.
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Warm welcome to the forum Helen! :clap:

Its done to protect and seal the surface of the tar but you will find all the answers in this topic. :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Sand on the Tar Roads.
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This is SA, we use sand to protect our tar and private security companies to protect our police. :lol: :lol: :lol:


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 Post subject: Re: Sand on the Tar Roads.
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Originally I heard that it was used to help animals negotiate the tar without slipping...? They often add this sand years after the tar has been done (H5/H1-1 junction a few years ago)... I thought it looked more dangerous for animals to slip on the thin layer of sand on a hard tar surface below (on the road between Tshokwane and Satara).

Looks more natural, but not very practical... usually brings new weeds to the roads too.

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 Post subject: Re: Sand on the Tar Roads.
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RobertT wrote:
This is SA, we use sand to protect our tar and private security companies to protect our police. :lol: :lol: :lol:


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