City council is taking a recommendation to use higher quality asphalt to heart. They have agreed to an almost $2 million contract with Miller Paving to go into the roads.

The pavement used will have no added oils, which is what an asphalt expert recommends. Mayor Steve Black says $1 million of that contract will go into Algonquin and the Connecting Link, including areas where there have been water main breaks. $400, 000 will go towards surface treatments around town, and $600,000 will be for various projects, including the reconstruction at Dome Ave. and Strachan Ave.

The Mayor says they went with Miller Paving because they use higher quality asphalt with no added oils. That is what an asphalt expert, Dr. Simon Hesp, recommends.

“He did review the specifications in our new contract,” says Black. “And approved them in a sense, from his review, and said that it was a much better step ahead.

The Mayor says they changed the asphalt company after hearing a presentation from Dr. Hesp. In that presentation, he talked about how using a higher quality pavement will add years to the life of our roads.