MOUNT VERNON — City Street Department employees put their new Dura-Patcher through its paces Wednesday after some members of the department were trained on the machine Tuesday.
In buying the $61,654 machine this winter, administration officials touted its usefulness in patching potholes in the winter using “hot mix” asphalt at a time when only “cold mix” is available from most asphalt companies.
But it’s more than a hole patcher. Wednesday afternoon a crew was working down Howard Street with the machine, sealing cracks in the pavement with the hot tar and gravel.
Crew Chief Dave Ramsey called the patcher a “miniature asphalt plant on wheels.” He said the edge of Howard Street is badly “alligatored” (breaking up along the edges) and they were interested in seeing if work with the machine will be able to save part of the crumbling roadway.
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