Crews using unconventional method to patch West Knoxville road

Crews using unconventional method to patch West Knoxville road

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Cross Park Drive, near the Cedar Bluff library and post office, is a pothole nightmare and has been for years. Cross Park Drive, near the Cedar Bluff library and post office, is a pothole nightmare and has been for years.
The city's new ally in the war on potholes uses "green" methods in what is usually better known as a dirty black and gray job. The city's new ally in the war on potholes uses "green" methods in what is usually better known as a dirty black and gray job.
"It heats up the asphalt, so we can reuse the asphalt. So older asphalt, we can put it back in and melt it down, heats it up, get a good bond. It does a really good job with patching," said David Brace. "It heats up the asphalt, so we can reuse the asphalt. So older asphalt, we can put it back in and melt it down, heats it up, get a good bond. It does a really good job with patching," said David Brace.

By BO WILLIAMS
6 News Anchor/Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - We've been hearing concerns from 6 News viewers about a West Knoxville road notorious for potholes.

Cross Park Drive, near the Cedar Bluff library and post office, is a pothole nightmare and has been for years.

City crews are now planning to hit that area using a non-conventional plan of attack.

"Many of our customers know that Cross Park is in pretty poor condition. There's a capital project to deal with the flooding and the road placements and improvements, but that doesn't start until the spring," said Knoxville Director of Public Service David Brace. "So, we've rented a piece of equipment, thermal patching equipment, from Bobcat of Knoxville to actually go out and patch that site over the next week."

The city's new ally in the war on potholes uses "green" methods in what is usually better known as a dirty black and gray job.

"It heats up the asphalt, so we can reuse the asphalt. So older asphalt, we can put it back in and melt it down, heats it up, get a good bond. It does a really good job with patching," said Brace.

Even more impressive is the bottom line. City engineers say a single truck load of new hot mix asphalt can run a bill close to $1,000. However, with the thermal patcher, the city can have previously used asphalt reground and then relaid using the thermal patcher for only $150 per load.

"We have very traditional pothole patchers that we use throughout the city, but this is another tool. We like to look at technology and implement it."

Crews will be out working on Cross Park Drive after 6 p.m. Friday night. The plan is to work during the overnight hours until about 6 a.m. Saturday morning.

They say they will have to close down sections of the road for a time. As for the capital project for Cross Park Drive, look for that to kick off sometime this spring.

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