Road Action at Sherwood and N.M. 4

Workmen are still required in paving roads with these fancy machines. This crew mans the “lay-down” machine and assures an even thickness of the asphalt coating. The hot asphalt can melt the soles of the men’s boots if they stay in one pace to long. The N.M. 4 job will require two coats of material to form the finished roadway. Each coat appears to be about 2 to 3 inches thick. Photo by TK Thompson/

This “shuttle buggy” picks up a load of fresh asphalt hot mix that has just been dumped in a ribbon onto the roadway by a bottom-dump semi truck this past week on N.M. 4 and Sherwood Boulevard in White Rock. Photo by TK Thompson/

The yellow machine is the “lay-down” machine that places the hot asphalt mix on the road surface – this is the last machine in the line. The large white machine is the “shuttle buggy” whose job is to keep the “lay-down” machine supplied with hot asphalt mix. The dark cloud in the middle of the photograph is smoke from the hot asphalt (~340 degrees F) being dumped into the loading hopper on the front end of the “lay-down” machine. The “shuttle buggy” gets its asphalt from the bottom-dump semi trucks. On a good day, with a single line of roadway, this combination can lay up to 1,000 tons of asphalt material. Photo by TK Thompson/

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