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N.Y. Town Using New Machine To Fix Potholes

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CLARKSTOWN, N.Y. (WCBS 880) – With all the ice, snow, salt, plowing, freezing and thawing this winter, road craters are opening up all over.

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“Tis the season,” Clarkstown Highway Superintendent Wayne Ballard said, preparing to do battle with the potholes.

Luckily for Ballard, Clarkstown has a new weapon: an asphalt recycling machine.

“Instead of putting it into a landfill, we’re going to be recycling it,” he said. “It’s an incredible opportunity and I’m saving $200,000 annually.”

Charles Van Haster, owner of Greenway Construction, said the machine can take the millings from old road projects, melt it down and reuse it.

“It’s a hot asphalt recycling machine that makes hot mix asphalt in the middle of the winter time,” Van Haster said. “At this point all or most asphalt plants are closed.”

Usually road crews can only do a cold patch, which doesn’t hold.

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