Strawberry-Scented Asphalt Laid in Russia


The sweet smell of delicious strawberries is often associated with summer but wouldn’t it be nice to smell it all times of the year? A Russian company is trying to make that happen after they laid a small section of strawberry-scented asphalt as an experiment to help reduce unpleasant odors.

The smell of hot asphalt is definitely not the nicest aroma for both residents and workers. To combat this problem, a Russian company successfully laid a 700-meter-long stretch of road using strawberry-scented asphalt. This comes months after a Polish company created floral-scented asphalt to improve working conditions.

“The contractor came up with this solution, this was their own initiative. Many people do not like the smell of overheated bitumen, which spreads during the repair process, so they decided to try it,” Russia’s Interfax said.

The sweet-scented blacktop is located in Leningrad’s Vsevolozhsk district and is a part of Russia’s Safe High-Quality Roads national project. Around 300 tons of strawberry-scented asphalt mix were produced for this experiment.

As of now, it’s unclear as to how long the scent lasted and how successful the experiment ended up. One thing that is for sure is that a contractor mentioned the strawberry scent does not affect the quality of the asphalt in any way. Seems like that’s a sweet-smelling success story.


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