There’s a new asphalt plant in town and it’s got city officials excited.
The plant will allow the city to mix cold asphalt for street overlays and patch potholes. City crews will be able to repair dilapidated streets in a more efficient manner.
“We have a lot of streets that don’t need to be concrete; they need to be asphalt, and we can do them in a lot less time,” David Hathcoat, Ada city manager, said.
Cody Holcomb, city of Ada engineer, said crews are already conducting overlays in the Hammond Heights neighborhood.
“We have some blocks already done,” Holcomb said. “We’re tweaking the process, trying to get it all ready. We have six blocks done (so far).”
Holcomb said officials are figuring out proper mix design and rolling patterns, and the process of getting raw material to the street, he said.
“Laying asphalt is a quicker process,” Holcomb said. “You’re able to have a finished product a lot sooner than you would otherwise have with a concrete street.”
Prior to acquiring the plant, the city would purchase asphalt from local manufacturers which was sometimes time consuming.
“A lot of times we had to wait on their schedules," Holcomb said. “Now, we control the schedule and we can make it when we want it and or need it and lay it when we want to and need to.”
Holcomb said the streets which receive asphalt overlays will be determined by city council.
“A lot of the justification will be based on traffic data — counts, types of vehicles,” he said. “This is also a continuation of utilizing Prop One funds to do more with less.”
Holcomb said cold asphalt material will allow the city to patch potholes more often and for less cost.
“Before, with our patch material we would actually have to drive to Edmond, load up a truck and bring it back,” Holcomb said. “Now we’ll be able to make it in our own back yard and load trucks with an incredible amount of flexibility.”
Hathcoat said cold asphalt lasts longer than hot asphalt when used in potholes.