Santa Cruz launches its first ever on-site recycled pavement project this week

People who frequent the area of Soquel Avenue from Ocean Street to Branciforte Avenue, River Street south from River Street by Wells Fargo to Soquel Drive, and Front Street from Soquel to Cathcart Street will be witnessing history. For the first time ever, the city of Santa Cruz is using the Cold In-Place Recycling method to pave those streets, said Josh Spangrud, associate civil engineer for the city. “The contractor essentially grinds up the existing pavement, mixes it with some additional asphalt and lays it back down,” Spangrud said of the work being done by C.F. Archibald Paving, Inc., of Redwood City, for about $490,000. “Then the contractor rolls it to compact. This is not the final street surface, but rather acts like an asphalt-bonded base course.” The contractor will then add regular hot mix asphalt on top, Spangrud said. Traffic controls will be in place. There will be travel delays during the project, which is expected to wrap up by the end of May. Work began this week and will occur 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays, with one night of night work planned for this week and next week, Spangrud said. “Wednesday, the contractor will have traffic control on Front and River Street South when they grind,” he explained. “Wednesday night they will do their Cold In-Place recycling on River and Front. Thursday they will edge grind Soquel and move right into the Cold In-Place Recycling on Soquel Thursday and Friday.” Next week, crews will return to pave. Expect daytime traffic controls to begin around 7 a.m.
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