The AstaZero site takes shape

14 October 2013

Just over a year has passed since we started laying the foundations for the AstaZero site. Now we see where the roads go through the forest.

At this moment, 90% of all internal roads are ready to be surfaced with asphalt, but the weather will decide how much of this work gets done before winter. We’ve already started surfacing several of the site’s roadways, including the main street though town and the area where AstaZeros’ Proving Ground Center will be located. Even the High Speed Area has a first asphalt layer, though it will need two more layers before this special surface can be considered complete.

“Every layer of asphalt takes us ten working days, since the size of the High Speed Area surface is the same as a 4.5 kilometre highway. “That means we use huge amounts of asphalt, and for the ten days we spent on laying the first layer, it took 50 truckloads of asphalt every day,” relates site manager Björn Bjurklint.

Meanwhile, PEAB also cast two of the track’s three bridges, and they’ve started building the fuel station, scales, and calibration surfaces next to the workshops for the Proving Ground Center. They’ve even installed three of the four transformers, laid foundations for all the area lighting poles and started laying the power lines.

“Over the next month, PEAB Sweden will start building the workshops for the Proving Ground Center, the administrative buildings and inspection sites. And the administrative buildings will be standing by early November,” continues Mr Bjurklint.

He adds, “You can see that we’re in a new construction phase here, as the groundwork contractor starts to finish off and building construction gets going.”