As with all roads, it depends upon the quality of the subsurface.
Concrete and brick pavers are quite common in Europe, especially where
there is a need to have a good appearance and / or to mark areas with
restricted access or lower speed limits.
This is Westgate in Chichester, West Sussex, which has no special
restrictions, but is in a conservation area. The local authority have
removed the kerbs and given the road a brick paver surface, possibly in
an attempt to discourage traffic by making it look like a pedestrianised
area. The bollards are a later addition. Originally there was nothing
except a visual difference to mark the pavements, but they found that
didn't work very well.
A number of years ago the council laid broad bands of such pavers at
both ends of a nearby village where the 30mph limit starts/stops. I'd
guess something like ten metres.
Over the years quite a number of the pavers have disappeared - I imagine
vehicles travelling too fast with effectively sticky tyres have lifted
them. So now it is a mess to pavers and tarmac replaced bits. Bit
perfectly OK to drive over at the appropriate speed.
(The fact the 30mph speed limit at one end of the village was later made
contiguous with that of the nearby town, making the second band entirely
superfluous, meant that one of them was entirely wasted money, is not a
comment of their practicality.)
I saw this being done in 2006 on a brownfield site.
Land cleared and then stabilised using a Wirtgen, similar to something here:
Site thoroughly rolled with Bomags. Left for a week to settle. Gradients
pre-formed and kerbs pre-installed..
Then hundreds of tons of sand were delivered by tipper.
The labour intensive bit. About thirty, obviously skilled, men spent some
days on their knees spreading this sand evenly & uniformly over the entire
surface. Then it was again left to settle for a couple of days and rolled.
Along comes a little machine which starts to lay block paviors in a double
herringbone design. Each pass was 3m wide using 200x 100x 80mm thick blocks.
Along comes several lorries each containing several pallets of blocks. Each
pallet weighs 1.5t. Blocks are unceremoniously lobbed into a hopper at back
of little machine. Machine sorts them and lays them.
Little machine covered nearly 4 hectares in one day. Cutting & fitting of
blocks to trim the edges took a few days. A light scattering of sand over
all. Whole site then rolled for the final time and swept. I've seen worse
bowling greens. The result is nigh on perfect and after 7 years not a
solitary block has been displaced, other than where the kerbing has been
damaged by negligence. I use it almost daily and it gets heavy traffic.
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