Franklin eyes ways to lower road repair expenses

FRANKLIN, Ind. - Franklin officials are looking to curb the costs of road repairs by turning to a process that recycles existing materials.

The process uses a machine to grind up the current road surface and base, then uses the pulverized material as a base that construction crews can pave over. The roads being worked on can remain open during construction.

City engineer Travis Underhill tells the Daily Journal the process could cut up to 60 percent off road rebuilding costs.

The approach has been successful in communities in Steuben County in northeast Indiana, as well as Ohio, Michigan and Illinois.

It isn't suitable for all roads. Those that contain brick will still have to be rebuilt the standard way.

Franklin hopes to test the process this summer.

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