The Price is Right

Akron, Ohio recycles its asphalt streets "in-house." The process involves cutting the asphaltic material by lifting, rolling, and feeding it into a center mill, and then feeding it into an on-board asphalt mixing plant. It is here that a specified amount of emulsion is injected into the mix, which is then fed into a paver. During the contracting phase of the project, Akron decided to purchase the equipment since it would allow more streets to be resurfaced and had the potential for cost savings. The new "in-house" process requires eight employees, whose jobs most likely would have been lost to layoffs if not for the "in-house" status. The process has worked so far. Productivity increased 55% by the end of the second month, with a 2,100 square yard daily average. This is expected to increase to 2,250 square yards by season's end. Owning its own equipment should save Akron more than $7 million and allow workers to pave more streets than if traditional methods were used.


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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Photos;
  • Pagination: pp 41-42
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  • Accession Number: 01150670
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 5 2010 6:43PM