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Chicago Heights Recognized for Eco-Friendly Street Resurfacing

Photo is courtesy of the City of Chicago Heights

Photo is courtesy of the City of Chicago Heights

From the City of Chicago Heights web site:

The City of Chicago Heights received special mention in American Public Works Association trade magazine for its eco-friendly approach to capital improvements.

The article was written by John L. Danello of Gallagher Asphalt Corporation and highlights Chicago Heights for its use of heater scarification in its street resurfacing project on the west side. This process involves rejuvenating existing pavement for road improvements rather than laying all new asphalt.

Heater scarification is a sustainable green choice that is eco-friendly. The “green” process virtually eliminates milling machines, reducing the amount of truck traffic and the amount of hot mix required on a resurfacing project. In addition to the environmental benefits, it also reduces the overall cost by approximately 15% and the overall carbon footprint by about 28% versus standard paving methods.

“We always need to consider the environmentally responsible approach for projects. The west side street resurfacing is a great example of looking at an alternative process that is cost effective and environmentally friendly,” Mayor David A. Gonzalez said.

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