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Paving crews roll through town

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Crews from J.A. Johnson Paving of Arlington Heights are about two-thirds of the way through a spring project designed to patch streets at 123 different locations around Evanston.

We watched a crew earlier this week on Ashland Avenue as they ground up the top two inches of damaged pavement and then replaced it with a fresh, smooth asphalt surface.

From grinding the old surface to tamping down the new with a roller, the whole process takes only about an hour at most locations.

The project is funded with $600,000 in motor fuel tax funds. City officials say that by the time they’re finished, the crews will have repaired 26,000 square yards of pavement.

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