Thursday, May 27, 2004

Concrete or asphalt? Only time will tell

The Associated Press

WOOSTER, Ohio - The Ohio Department of Transportation has asked the competing asphalt and concrete industries to each pave an eight-mile stretch of highway in northeast Ohio to see which material is a better buy.

It will take decades to determine which surface comes out on top, but ODOT spokesman Brian Cunningham is quick to point out that the project is not a competition that would guarantee the department's exclusive use of the winning material.

"It's an evaluation in similar conditions, so we can use the information to benefit motorists in Ohio," Cunningham said. "Both products have a place in our industry and we'll continue to use both products. So it's not like this is a race and whoever wins, wins everything."

The pavement test is part of a two-year, $54 million project involving construction of new four-lane highway next to the old two-lane U.S. 30 from Wooster to just outside Orrville.

A groundbreaking was held Wednesday at the work site.

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