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Town introduces more efficient road paving process called cold-in-place recycling

by | Sep 20, 2021 | News

In recent weeks, the town has overseen a new paving process known as cold-in-place recycling. According to a town press release, Department of Public Works Director John Westerling and Highway Manager Mike Mansir were instrumental in bringing the method to Hopkinton, and Mansir oversaw the day-to-day operations of the paving process.

The cold-in-place recycling method takes pavement from an old or failing roadway and recycles and rejuvenates that existing pavement into a new roadway. The process takes approximately five hours per lane as opposed to the traditional paving process that takes weeks to complete removing asphalt and laying a base coat of pavement, the town stated.

“Fiscally, the process is also more cost-effective for the town as it has projected savings of upwards of 20 percent compared to other traditional pavement reconstruction methods,” Westerling said.

Roads that have been repaved with the new process include parts of Legacy Farms Road from Cedar to Wilson streets, Edge Hill Road, Stoney Brook Road from Saddle Hill Road to Wedgewood Drive, Cunningham Street, parts of School Street from West Main Street to West Elm Street and the Upton town line, and West Main Street from Oakhurst Road to School Street.

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