Covington’s new “toy” – a cold planer attachment – offers a smoother ride and better pothole repair
Slowly and methodically, Todd Redman drove a Bobcat skid steer loader down Covington’s Martin Street, the front attachment “grinding and chewing” the asphalt with the efficiency of a soil-breaking tiller.
With quite a bit of noise and a bit of a mess, the City of Covington Public Works Department tried out a new “toy” this week.
But the job at hand — resurfacing a one-block section of Martin Street — illustrates just one use of the new 40-inch cold planer delivered Monday.
The planer will also allow Public Works to repave driveways in Covington and, specifically, patch potholes in a way “drivers won’t even be able to feel where the patch was,” the works manager said. audiences, Chris Warneford.
“It will allow us to make patches longer lasting, smoother, more efficient and just plain better,” Warneford said. “It will be a big improvement over just dumping asphalt into a hole and tamping it down.”
A problem in Warneford’s sights? Work with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet to remedy the long stretch of torn pavement on Ky. 17 (Madison Pike) north of Latonia Terrace.
This week, however, the planer is being used to grind up old sidewalk on a one-block section of Martin between Scott Boulevard and Greenup Street, a multi-day job that will transform a street that looked like the back of alligator skin into a smooth, quiet riding surface.
The 40-inch planer is more than twice as wide as the 18-inch planer it replaces in Public Works’ arsenal.
“It’s much faster, and the wider path makes it easier to mill a street to a uniform depth all the way,” said John Purnell, supervisor of the ministry’s Right-of-Way Division.
The city is tackling one side of the street at a time to keep it open to residents who live in that section of Martin, Purnell said. It should take a few days.
The street itself is 24 feet wide by 426 feet long, meaning the new planer can mill half the street in just three to four strips, although each “strip” requires more than one pass.
With the new asphalt layer to be applied 2½ inches thick (and compressed to 2 inches), the job will require about 160 tons of asphalt worth about $13,000, Purnell said.
“It’s going to look pretty cool when we’re done,” he said.
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