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Whiteside County Road Repair Method Saves County Money

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Street repair is more important than ever this summer, after a winter that was especially damaging, but as the cost of repair steadily goes up,city budgets are shrinking. One of our local counties has found a balance that seems to be working

Whiteside county residents say the roads there aren't the best.

" There are a lot of potholes to fill," Lynn Knox said.  

" The roads in Whiteside county aren't great. The roads in Illinois right now are terrible," Ben Wolf said.  

Whiteside county engineer, Russ Renner says the county has come up with a cost effective way to repair these bumpy roads.

"It's a process called cold and place recycling," said Renner.  "This process involves grinding what's in place using the material in place and adding oil to it.  As your doing the grinding then it runs it through a paver."

This method is something Renner calls cost effective that saves the county both money and time.

"Most of the cost savings comes from the stand point that you're not hauling in new material. In the past, we'll put a new asphalt surface down. To do that, you're bringing in not only oil, but rocks and hauling it on trucks. where your saving is, you're not bringing in that additional rock," Renner said.  

Renner says recycling the roads could be a win-win for the county because it won't just save money, but it will also pave the way for a new road repair system that could last even longer than just replacing the asphalt all together.

"When you typically just put an overlay over the road,you have cracks in the road and you really aren't doing anything to fix those. You're just putting a layer on top and over a period of time you're going to see those cracks pop up.  That way when your grinding what's in place you're breaking up that crack structure," Renner said.  

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