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Asphalt trials

by AESS, 10 March, 2018

I just read in the Star about an innovative style of asphalt paving compactor that was designed by a professor at Carlton University.  Here's the link to the article: https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2018/03/09/pothole-problem-can-be-solved-carleton-professor-says.html I recall also reading something from a professor in Kingston that was talking about the lack of longevity in the road surfaces today that seems to be linked to the use of recycled motor oil in the asphalt mixes of late.  Here is the link: https://www.northernontariobusiness.com/industry-news/transportation/bad-asphalt-is-paving-the-way-for-disaster-says-researcher-371211 I was wondering if there has been any consideration of these concepts in the City?  It seems to me that our roads are falling apart and things that used to last for years seem to be failing far sooner than they should.  I don't recall the Garden City Skyway having to be resurfaced every few years from my "younger days", but it seems that it has been worked on more in the past 10 to 15 years than in at any time in its lifetime.  Roads all across the region seem to be in disrepair and the proliferation of potholes is legendary.  I understand that we have allowed ever increasing loads to travel on our major highways and roads, which certainly does not improve the issue, but if the two studies noted above can help to extend and improve the lifespan and safety of our roads, then I think it would be prudent to look in to this and see if there is any benefit to our infrastructure repair futures.  We may have to spend more up front, but if we can extend the life of the road surfaces through these options, then I think it could save a lot of money in the long run.  Just something to ponder.  Thanks.  

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Admin Commented Let’s Talk Niagara Falls Engagement Team over 2 years ago
Thank you again for your submission. Municipal Works will consider contacting the asphalt paving and compacting company and requesting a test strip site here in the City.
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Admin Commented Let’s Talk Niagara Falls Engagement Team over 2 years ago
Thanks for your comment @AESS ! We're speaking with staff about your questions and will provide some insight/detail next week!
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