HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT)--Thursday the city of Huntsville Works Department in collaboration with Corrective Asphalt Materials, LLC debuted a new tool to help preserve roads all over the area. Huntsville is the first city in Alabama to use the preservative seal. The environmentally friendly sealant of oils and resins is called Reclamite and it is designed to reclaim faulty asphalt.
"It seals the pavement, rejuvenates the pavement and basically extends the life of the pavement whereas now if the city was getting fifteen years of life out of the pavement, we're going to add an additional 5 to 10 years of life," says Corrective Asphalt Materials President Jack Witte.
The chemical compound is most widely used in northern states and in Canada. Besides the surface seal, the corrective spray actually replaces lost moisture that causes roads to crumble quicker.
"This is going to keep the pavement smooth,” says Witte, “help prevent potholes, help keep the pavement surface intact, keep water and snow and ice from penetrating and basically keep it from deteriorating on the surface."
It is estimated if the Huntsville’s works department had to resurface all 38,000 miles of lane they are responsible for at once, it would cost city tax payers over $2 billion.
"Of course we don't have to do every one of them and of course we don’t have two billion dollars," says Public Works Director Terry Hatfield.
But Hatfield says the extended road life will lead to fewer repairs and that equals savings of time and money.
"The mayor has asked us to come up with innovative ways to do things and this is something we found and we think it's going to help the taxpayers save money in the long run."
Terry Hatfield says the compound will be used in many future revitalization projects, specifically in neighborhoods.