By Dana Casadei
Meridian Times staff writer
Starting on Sep. 26, many residential streets in the area will be getting resurfaced and starting the following week, Oct. 4, a liquid asphalt rejuvenator/sealer will be put on roads that have been resurfaced within the past few years.
“The goal of the whole program is to make the existing pavements last longer,” said Raymond Severy, the Director of Public Works and Engineering for Meridian Township. “We’re doing minor things for them to last longer.”
The resurfacing is a two-step process, said Severy, first is the Hot In Place Recycling and then an additional inch of asphalt is added to the road, which will strengthen it.
The Hot In Place Recycling heats the existing asphalt, to soften it, and then a second truck with a large rake loosens that up, sprays another type of liquid asphalt on it, which is then mixed by a horizontal auger (a big horizontal screw, which moves it sideways and mixes it up more). It is then all mixed up and comes out of the back of the machine, moving at about five miles an hour, said Severy.
The Hot In Place Recycling is costing roughly $608,730 while the liquid asphalt rejuvenator/sealer will cost $54,630, with both being paid mainly by the Meridian Township’s road millage. The Ingham County Road Commission is paying for 9.4 percent of the Hot In Place Recycling, according to the notice sent out by the Ingham County Road Commission.
Three-fifths of the Meridian Township’s road millage is being used for the Master Plan, which deals with projects such as this one, said Lynn Ochberg, a trustee on Meridian’s Township Board. The other two-fifths are used on maintenance for the roads.
“Other places have done the worst first policy, which is not a good policy, because the worst ones are always the most expensive.”
Unlike the “worst-first” policy, which takes the worst roads and does them first, Severy said that Meridian is trying to have a mixes of fixes type policy, which consists of doing the right fix at the right time.
According to Severy the resurfacing of the roads should add about ten years and the sealer should extend it another five, which would reduce the maintenance costs to the roads, such as having to fill the cracks, a very important factor.
“We want to do minor things now to make them last longer,” said Severy, which includes the liquid asphalt sealer. The liquid sealer will oxidize the road slower, which will give it a longer life and make it more flexible so it doesn’t crack as quickly.
Luckily for residents both of these projects will allow them to be able to park in their driveways that same evening, said Severy. But residents should make sure to not park their vehicles on the street because they will be towed.