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.