Saving money during the daily grind

New Hartford’s DPW has taken the phrase: reduce, reuse, and recycle to the streets.

Posted: Sep 5, 2019 5:47 PM

Snowden Hill Road in New Hartford was getting pretty rough, but Town officials decided not to get rid of the old pavement. Instead, they’ve refurbished the old road by grinding it up, adding new stone and oil, and then laying it back down. The process does require a lot of moving parts, so if you live on the street you might have thought there was a train passing through. Town of New Hartford Highway Department Foreman Chris Moran explained why.

"They call it a train process just because there’s so many pieces of equipment involved with the process, and they need quite a bit of room to do it. Your traditional development side roads, they aren’t able to do this just because it’s such a large volume of equipment."

The process re-uses the material already on the road, takes less time, and only requires one crew, so there’s a cost savings for the taxpayers, but will the road hold up any better than a typical paving.

"The vendor claims that it’s able to flex more with the temperature changes from the fall and the summer and the winter, and it’s able to move a little bit more compared to your traditional hot asphalt."

The entire road is completed in just 2 days, but because this is such a big undertaking, the Town of Whitestown and Oneida County workers pitched in to get the work done.

The rest of you may now get back to your daily 'grind' on smooth pavement, don’t expect to see these guys any time soon. This is New Hartford’s last paving project of the season.

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