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Brick Vs. Asphalt

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President W. B. Smith, of the Board of Public Works, bas recently paid a. visit to the cities of Buffalo and Koenester, N. Y., for the puipose of investigating the cost and dnrability of tbe different pavements in use in those cities. Hisinvestigations, which were made ín most careful and systematic manner, should have great weightwith our people in deciding the question of brick or asphalt paving tor Main st. Buffalo, N. Y., March 25, 1898. I find in Buffalo, that they have some 220 miles of asphalt paveinent. That some 205 miles of the asphalt pavement all complete cost some turee dollars per square yard. They eommenced building asphalt pavement in 1885. Last year, '97, they built 138,320 square yards of the asphalt, at a cost of $305,525, :whích would be $2.21 per square yard, whioh covers everything complete. Up to '9G the repairs had been very little. But ín '97, on 205 miles thev laid out $100,000 in repairs. That "would make it! $487.87 per mile for repairs. They .had some old cobble stone pavements which was in good shape, wliich tbey coyered with about two iuches of asphalt; which is to-day the best asphalt pavement they have in the city. ■ Theyhave six miles of brick pavement bilt of the Cantón, Ohio, brick, which lias cost thein all complete #2.60 per square yard. Some of it is on heavy traffic streets, and some on residence stréets, aiid some has been down six and eight years, without costing a cent 'or repairs, and some of that brick pavenent was as fine as any 1 ever saw. The.'yj have 113 miles of the Mednia andstone blocks, on the heavy traffic treet, which cost all complete $3 per qa(e{yard. This is wearing well, and osts.pfactically nothing for repairs. Theyi have 1% miles of macadam treet, 'which cost all complete $1.30 per quarè; yard. But the stone used are itnestone and sandstone chips from the juarries, which can be produced at a 'ery low.ügure. And;the engineers all say here, by all means put in surface water drainage, and in addition to that here, they put in ásniall drain tile underneath each glitter,' as they have a great deal of trouble to get rid of the water. I think you will see by this, that the cheapriess'and durability is in the brick. They Tiow require a ten-year guarantee on all contracts for asphalt paving. Verv Resp'y, V. B. SMITH. 'fcochester, N. Y., March 26, 1898. ' Ia l$93'they built brick pavement all ;6mpléte at $2.40 per square yard, of he-Giiton and Melborne briek of Ohio. 3n anóther street in 1895, tliey built svithtliesame brick all complete at$1.9r er square yard. On another street in 895 Ai th' the same brick all complete, ivt $1.8 per square yard. And oh still Rnotlwjr street in ÏS95, they built of the saie brtek all complete, at $1.78 per square yard. In 1896 they built four miles of brick pavement with the same $aterijaïja.'ll complete, at $2.24 per square yard. i They have 2H miles of stone block which.cost all complete, $2.75 to $3. per square yard. In: 1897 they put in Medina sandstone jlock,, 25 miles, at $1.70 per square yard. In 1885 they began to build the asphalt pavement, and up to '96 it liad jractieally cost nothing for repairs. But n '97 there were 10350 yards, which cost them $1,200 for repairs. In 1897 tliey built sixteen and twentyone one hundredths miles Trinidad Lake asphalt. Also six and eighty hundredths miles of the vulcauite asphalt, thirty and sixty hundredths miles in all. "Required a ten-year guarantee. Retain ten per cent of the total cost of asphalt pavement for ten years, allowirjg the contractor to have the back interest on the same, provided it was not needed to keep up repairs. And in addition to this a bond of 30 to 40 per cent was required as additional security in case the ten per cent was not sufficient to keep up any or all repairs. This bond is required to be issued by some good responsible Trust Company which is allowed to do business in the state. In building the asphalt pavement, tliey use six inches of cement foundation-, with the curbing of Medina sandstone, and oue inch binder with two inches of asphalt. The brink pavement is on the same foundation, and they have found that the, large Melborne or Cantón brick, ten and one-half inches long, make the best and:most durable payement for heavy or residenee streets. The éngineer says, by all means put in surface water drainage or your pavemeut will be tlirown away, as water is a great destróyer of pavement. A contractor took me out onto some asphalt pavement, went to the gutter whereit showed a little moisture, took out his knife, dut into the pavement, taking up alittle of it between his fingers just as you would a piece of rotten stone ; and he says the greatest objection to asphalt pavement is its rotting down and crumbling up so. Yerv Reso'v.


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