State-of-the-art technology in the mountains

Many people consider building mountain roads one of the royal disciplines: the steep terrain puts far more demands on technology and logistics than projects on the level. The SUPER 1803-3i from VÖGELE masters these challenges. A variety of construction projects typical of the Alpine region can be managed using this Universal Class machine. The wheeled paver proved this once again in the Austrian Tyrol.

A picturesque mountain village, a famous ski resort and starting point for a spectacular Alpine pass: the construction project in Hochgurgl was not a routine one, even for the paving team from Swietelsky, the contractor. At an altitude of 2,100 m, the job was to extend the helipad. It is part of a toll booth on the Timmelsjoch road in the High Alps which links the Austrian Tyrol to the Italian South Tyrol and which crosses the highest national road boundary in Austria at an altitude of 2,474 m. This spectacular stretch of road is an Alpine legend which can only be kept free of snow and open to traffic for a few months every year.

Projects in the Alpine region place heavy demands on construction machinery. In addition to working at high altitude, where the air gets thinner all the time, the terrain itself is a challenge. The machines frequently have to overcome huge inclines whilst simultaneously paving tight bends. This is why Andreas Berkmann, construction manager for asphalt paving and road construction at Swietelsky, says that “The Tyrol is VÖGELE country”. The sophisticated machine technology from VÖGELE really does prove itself every day, and in particular under the harshest conditions – customers and paving teams all over the world appreciate its rugged nature and precision.

SUPER 1803-3i from VÖGELE: The wheeled paver masters tight bends and steep slopes – and can drive to the job site under its own power. No wonder it is extremely popular in the Alpine region, in particular.

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