First binder layer started going down at 7:00 AM
With the first of three total layers involved, it was a welcome sight for many to see Washington Street finally getting some asphalt put down on it Thursday. The first layer consists of approximately 7″ which then gets rolled down to 6″. When the second binder layer gets put on it will start with 3″ and get rolled down to 2 1/4″ followed by the topcoat which is also 3″ and rolled to 2 1/4″ for a grand total thickness of 10 1/2 inches. The contractors were all geared up for a productive day with all hand on deck, as they say. Using one of their newer pavers, Peter Baker & Sons put down over 800 feet, at half the width of the 3-lane road, by 9:00 AM. Trucks rolled continuously filled with hot asphalt, often having to maneuver around 4-wheelers that had absolutely no business being on Washington Street today. The crews will be working on Saturday as well and are hoping to pave the full width all the way past the Round Lake Park village hall by then. That will certainly be good for the Saturday evening lakefront festivities planned by the Village. There is still some concrete work that needs completing beyond the village hall which may slow progress at that point. All of the sidewalks have not been completed yet, either, but that won’t stop them from pouring asphalt.
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