City's new zipper goes to work
Houston County Courier - October 2007
By Daphne Hereford
A new piece of road equipment called a zipper went to work on Crockett streets beginning Wednesday, Oct. 10.
The Asphalt Zipper Model AZ 500 Portable reclaimer machine was delivered earlier this month and was put into operation.
The city began the repair program using the new equipment on Stokes and Pease streets.
The zipper is a portable machine used by the street department to mill up damaged asphalt street surface and prepare the road for repaving.
The new machine replaces the 1982 BOMAG Reclaimer.
According to the city, it was no longer economically feasible to maintain the more than 25-year-old reclaimer.
Crockett City Administrator Ron Duncan said the Asphalt Zipper was purchased instead of a new reclaimer for several reasons.
Duncan said the Zipper cost less than $100,000, while a new reclaimer could have been up to three times that amount.
The zipper is portable and carried to the job site on a trailer and transferred to the bucket of a front-end load for operation.
The zipper will also be ideal for doing small areas, costing less money to operate, transport, and maintain.
"Several cities throughout the U.S., as well as the Texas Department of Transportation use the Asphalt Zipper," Duncan said.
"We are very excited by the early results with the new machine and look forward to many years of productive use," he concluded.