You would not normally put the smell of freshly laid asphalt down as one of the sweetest of aromas, but a couple of Polish companies, Budimex, a construction firm, and Lotos, a refiner, are planning to change all that.
They have just produced a floral-scented asphalt using a mix of synthetic and natural oils that neutralize the smell you would associate with asphalt, while the rmaining ones add a more pleasing whiff to the compound. A foreman employed by Budimex by the name of Slawomir Szpak gushed that “at times one could smell the scent of flowers, which mde working more pleasant”.
The companies have great plans for their sweet-smelling tarmac. Let’s see how it rolls out.