Ground-up Grand to live again |

Ground-up Grand to live again

Post Independent Photo/Kara K. PearsonJos Silva drops large chunks of asphalt from the claw of his Gradall while he breaks up part of the road for the Grand Avenue Paving Project Thursday morning. Silva says he should probably have the entire road broken up by the end of the day.

GAPP is providing RAP – and saving landfill space in the process. To be less acronym-esque, the old street surface that’s being removed as part of the Grand Avenue Paving Project will become recycled asphalt pavement, or RAP, once it’s removed. GAPP spokesman Tom Newland said the process saves money and helps the environment. “You can use this stuff instead of road base and it’s cheaper,” he said.Phil Long, senior sales representative for Lafarge West, said the asphalt is being ripped from Grand Avenue to make way for a brand new concrete street surface, then it’s transported to the Lafarge plant by GAPP contractor Concrete Works of Colorado. “It’s a better deal (for Concrete Works of Colorado) than the landfill,” he said, “and more importantly, it’s not taking up space.” Lafarge makes out in two ways: First, they are paid a small amount for taking and storing the material. The other benefit in using recycled asphalt is that it extends the life of the company’s gravel pit, which is located on County Road 109 near Aspen Glen. “There’s a lot of gravel around here, but much of is under developments and golf courses,” Long said. In all, Long estimated that more than 15,000 cubic yards of material could be removed from the GAPP project and taken to Lafarge. Once the broken, crumbled asphalt arrives at the plant, it will sit in storage until winter. Once the cold weather sets in, the old asphalt will be crushed and eventually sold. “We’ll be crushing it over the winter and using it for road base and road surface,” Long said. Asphalt is easier to crush in the winter than in the summer because the cold weather freezes it and makes it brittle, he said. Long said he already has a customer for at least some of the recycled asphalt – the city of Glenwood Springs. “(City engineer) Larry Thompson wants to use it for a project,” Long said. Thompson said he is, indeed, planning to use the RAP to improve the road leading to the city’s water treatment plant on Red Mountain. “I talked to Phil and told him we might be interested in using that,” Thompson said. It won’t be the first time the city will use the material. The parking lot located just west of City Hall was finished with the crushed asphalt. “I think the RotoMill is an economical treatment,” Thompson said.Long said it’s good for smaller projects, too. “I use it on my own driveway,” he said. Contact Greg Massé: 945-8515, ext.

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