Queen’s prof’s research leads to better quality asphat

Kingston, ON, Canada / CKWS TV

IMAGINE A WORLD WITH NO POT HOLES !!

IMAGINE A WORLD WITH NO POT HOLES !!
A QUEEN’S UNIVERSITY PROFESSOR BELIEVES IT’S POSSIBLE.

HE SAYS HE’S DEVELOPED A PERFECT RECIPE FOR ASPHALT THAT LASTS TWICE AS LONG.
BUT AS NEWSWATCH’S PAUL SOUCY FOUND OUT, HE’S HAVING HARD TIME FINDING PEOPLE WILLING TO ROLL WITH HIS THEORY.

YOU COULD ALMOST COMPARE POTHOLES TO SNOWFLAKES – IN THAT NO TWO ARE EXACTLY ALIKE.
AND THIS YEAR IN KINGSTON YOU WON’T HAVE TROUBLE FINDING EITHER.

BUT IN THIS LAB AT QUEEN’S UNIVERSITY… DR. SIMON HESP BELIEVES HE’S COME UP WITH AN ASPHALT SOLUTION THAT WILL ELIMINATE POTHOLES… OR AT LEAST KEEP ROADS IN TACT MUCH LONGER.
Dr. Simon Hesp:
“What comes out of your car is recycled, 20 percent of that cannot be used for anything else and the put it in the asphalt cement supply. We look not only at quality but also at durability – and it makes all the difference.”
HESP SAYS TAKING OUT THOSE UNNECESSARY MATERIALS HAS TURNED UP POSITIVE RESULTS IN LAB TESTS.
AND AFTER YEARS OF SEARCHING FOR A WILLING PARTNER TO TEST OUT THE PRODUCT… THE CITY OF KINGSTON JUMPED ON BOARD IN 2009…
Mark Campbell:
“The Experience to date shows that it’s standing up quite well – The research indicates that within 15 to 18 years, we should still be seeing good asphalt.”
Paul Soucy:
“So far there are only 15 streets or about 4 percent of the city paved with this new formula. But Dr. Hesp hopes that its use here in Kingston will eventually make it the norm across the country.”
BUT WHILE KINGSTON IS THE ONLY MUNICIPALITY TO USE HIS FORMULA – IT’S BEEN USED BY THE M-T-O ON HIGHWAY 427 NEAR TORONTO – AND HIGHWAYS 655 AND 11 IN NORTHERN ONTARIO NEAR TIMMINS.
BUT FOR SOME REASON IT HASN’T CAUGHT ON ANYWHERE ELSE.
Dr. Simon Hesp:
“Because it gets to the higher level managers, and then they get lobbying from the industry and say ‘this is great academic work….but…’”
THE HIGHER COST OF USING HIS FORMULA MAY BE WHAT SCARES SOME PEOPLE AWAY… BUT HESP SAYS THE INVESTMENT NOW IS WORTH IT IN THE LONG RUN.
PAUL SOUCY CKWS NEWSWATCH KINGSTON.

 

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