BOARDMAN, Ohio (WKBN) – After years of having to repave a busy stretch of road in Boardman Township, Mahoning County Engineer Pat Ginnetti said it is time to try something new.
Work started earlier this week milling and then repaving the pothole-plagued Indianola Road between South Avenue and Market Street. On Thursday morning, the engineer told Mahoning County Commissioners the project includes something that road projects in other parts of the country are getting.
Crews are putting down a layer of liquid tar and paving stones on top of the original concrete road surface before adding a new coat of asphalt.
“The tar and chip will actually help seal off that concrete and hopefully minimize the amount of water penetration, at least into the concrete layer, and the hopes are that will reduce the amount of reflective cracks that come through the asphalt,” Ginnetti said.
Ginnetti hopes the strategy, which is being used for the first time by the county, will help extend the life of the paving job.