CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. – One of the busiest intersections in Charles Town that is still in the process of being finished has become a trial site for a new heavy duty binder, according to West Virginia Division of Highways engineer Lee Thorne.
“Patrick Henry Way and U.S. 340, adjacent to Wal-Mart and Food Lion, sees an average of 37,100 vehicles daily,” said Thorne. “It is the highest traffic area of U.S. 340.”
The busy intersection has been paved with a new polymer binder called SuperPave. The new binder, which came from Europe, is intended to hold stone together better.
This project was the first time that SuperPave has been used in this area. The material is more expensive up front, but Thorne explained that using the new product as a trial will hopefully alleviate the need to repave the area so frequently.
“This intersection is a particularly hard intersection to maintain because of the amount of trucks turning and stopping,” Thorne said.
Prior to using SuperPave, the WVDOH was having to repave the particular intersection every two years. After two years, the area typically begins to rut and erode. During the winter, the rutting makes it difficult to plow the roads.
The Patrick Henry and W.Va. 340 intersection has been just one of the various roadway projects the WVDOH district began to tackle since its budget of $2 million was approved this summer…