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Road paving underway along streets in Downtown Walterboro

Photo by Rick Tobin

Street paving is underway in conjunction with the City of Walterboro’s Downtown Arborscape Project. Last week, Lucas and Walter streets were paved.

This week, East Washington Street is being paved. Surface Type C asphalt if being used for the asphalt lay-down. The asphalt is being purchased from Rea Contracting out of Ridgeland. The asphalt-making process at the Ridgeland plant is continually monitored and regularly tested by company quality control technicians.

J&S Construction employees are doing the actual paving work. A paver being used actually attaches to a dump truck which backs up to the piece of equipment. The truck driver then puts the vehicle into neutral and the paver pushes the truck down the road as the truck slowly unloads the asphalt into the paver’s hopper.

As the asphalt is being placed, it is then compacted with two pavement rollers. Normally, a vibratory roller fist makes anywhere from one-to-three passes over the width of the hot asphalt. A rubber-tire roller then typically makes two to three passes over the asphalt anywhere from three to five minutes after the completion of the first roller’s passes. After the rubber tire roller has completed its passes, a non-vibratory finishing roller then usually makes two-to-three passes over the asphalt’s width. The third roller is used for aesthetic purposes such as getting marks or other flaws out of the road-bed.

The paving was originally scheduled as night work. But the side roads were paved during the day because of weather conditions. City Manager Jeff Lord said officials of the South Carolina Highway Department does not allow paving to continue after the temperature falls below a certain level, which is somewhere in the low-to-mid forties, and temperatures dropped to that level during two nights of the scheduled paving. Instead, it was decided the crews would pave during daylight hours.

Walterboro City Manager Jeff Lord said Monday that Washington Street is being paved on a lane-by-lane basis to ensure that traffic can flow on Washington Street. He added that he is hoping that the paving on Washington Street will be completed by the end of this week, but noted that the completion will depend on weather conditions.