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First new asphalt plant in Los Angeles in more than 70 years

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Staff Writer | February 10, 2017
Mayor Eric Garcetti broke ground on a new, 21st century asphalt plant.
Los Angeles asphalt
Industry   700,000 tons per year
The facility will save taxpayers around $5 million a year and produce more environmentally-friendly paving for L.A.’s 28,000 lane miles of streets.

The Mayor was joined by the Los Angeles Board of Public Works and the Bureau of Street Services to kick off the $38 million project.

When completed by the end of 2018, it will replace the 1940s-era Asphalt Plant No. 1 with a high-efficiency facility that will increase production from 175,000 tons per year to as much as 700,000 tons, at a savings of $28 per ton.

The project showcases the data-driven, fiscally responsible focus on infrastructure that has defined Mayor Garcetti’s tenure. The new plant will use 50 percent recycled asphalt material, up from 7 to 12 percent in the current mix.

Recycled asphalt is more environmentally responsible and sustainable, and its increased use will reduce the City’s reliance on expensive and energy-intensive raw materials. The recycled material will come from the City’s own streets as they are repaved.

The plant’s operations will meet or exceed the latest air quality standards of the South Coast Air Quality Management District, and the low-impact design will significantly reduce pollutants from stormwater runoff — all at a far lower cost per ton of asphalt than the plant’s 70-year-old predecessor.

The new plant is expected to last a minimum of 50 years and to pay for itself in about seven. The plant will supply a majority of the City’s paving needs and reduce dependence on the open market for asphalt, where large cities often pay high prices.