A city in Texas is taking a different approach to cracking asphalt in its streets.
The City of Arlington has installed asphalt-tinted concrete pavement and is hoping to reduce the risk of people getting into the roadway by installing a new, lower-speed lane.
The project started with the city’s contractor, T&K, paving the sidewalk with asphalt.
T&k also installed a concrete buffer along the sidewalk.
The city is hoping that this concrete buffer can make the asphalt less slippery and help prevent people from getting in the roadway, said Mark Loeffler, project manager with the Arlington Department of Public Works.
He added that it’s important to remember that the concrete is not permanent.
“We want it to last a very long time and to have some sort of residual effect,” he said.
The concrete buffer has also been installed along the roadway.
“It’s kind of like having a temporary asphalt,” he added.
This project will also help to reduce erosion along the sidewalks.
“The concrete will act as a sort of buffer and we will be able to maintain that buffer with a layer of concrete,” said Loefler.
The asphalt pavement is made with asphalt shingles, which is made from the same material as asphalt.
“You can apply it right next to the road,” he explained.
The gravel is made of asphalt shingle, which also is made out of the same asphalt.
The gravel is also made of the material that is used to make asphalt in Texas, but it’s much softer and is applied with the right amount of force.
The first two sections of asphalt pavement were installed about three weeks ago.
The concrete and gravel will be installed in the next few weeks.