Wicomico County Executive Rick Pollitt and Department of Public Works – Roads Division crews unveiled new equipment to help preserve county roads and make them safer for the traveling public.
The new aggregate recyclers allow County crews to more effectively and economically fill potholes using hot mix asphalt. The equipment keeps the asphalt at an appropriate temperature to settle and bond to the surface, allowing for permanent, pothole repair.
“We can install a permanent pavement repair any season of the year, thereby reducing the need to continually maintain a temporary repair in the winter when hot mix is not available,” said Lee Beauchamp - Director of Public Works, “This also saves the County in trucking costs to deliver small batches of asphalt from the plant. It’s like having a mobile asphalt plant available all year long.”
County Executive Pollitt commented, “This machine allows us to take the rubble from old roads, heat it up, mix it up and turn it into a strong, solid patching material for repairs. It recycles old materials, extends the life of our County roads and saves the taxpayers money in the process. It’s a good deal all around.”
Previously, crews used a “cold patch” – a temporary fix that required routine maintenance. The cost of cold mix asphalt was approximately $125 per ton. The new equipment will allow the department to produce its own quality hot mix from leftover asphalt millings at a fraction of the costs and also allows crews to repair more potholes each day.
To report a pothole on County roads, please contact the Roads Division at 410-548-4872.