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Pavement Preservation Demo ATSSA Falcon Contracting SMITH X3 Eraser in Phoenix

Monday, February 13th, 2017

Removal of markings without surface damage a success

The Falcon Contracting SMITH X3 Eraser pavement preservation demonstration in front of Fox TV for the City of Phoenix at the ATSSA EXPO was a success.

Please watch this short video showing the surface conditions before and after. If you would like to see the full video without edits, please contact your SMITH Rep here.

Interview with Falcon Contracting:


Sidewalk Maintenance Success in Margate, Florida

Tuesday, January 24th, 2017

This article is reprinted from the February, 2017 edition of Margate Matters, a monthly newsletter published by the City of Margate, Florida. 

Report Sidewalk Defects to PW Maintenance Crew

As a routine operation, the Public Works Department sidewalk maintenance crew works hard to assess, maintain, and repair any defects in the City’s sidewalk system.

These repairs are critical to ensuring pedestrian safety and reducing the liability to the City, and the crew relies heavily on residents reporting damaged sidewalks near their property. The sidewalk maintenance crew is a part of the Public Works Department Roads Division, and they are responsible for maintaining all pedestrian walkways, roadways, and city-owned rights-of-way. They are always on the lookout for tripping hazards, which occur from time to time.sidewalk grinding In fact, the City receives an average of 10-12 calls from residents per month regarding cracked, broken, or uneven sidewalk panels.

So, how does the crew repair sidewalks? Raised sidewalks are often a result of nearby trees that are growing roots under the sidewalk, pushing it up, and causing individual panels to no longer be flush or level with the adjacent walkway.

Instead of replacing the panel with a new one, the city found a cost-effective sustainable solution by grinding with a scarifier/grinder.
sidewalk grinding
The crew grinds down the raised lip of the concrete until it is level with the adjoining panel. Typically, a 1” raised lip would take 10 to 15 minutes to grind to a smooth, anti-slip finish.

The equipment Margate uses is a SMITH Surface Preparator outfitted with rotating concrete cutters. A separate HEPA vacuum system attaches to the grinder to collect airborne dust created from the grinding operation to protect the worker, property, and environment. After the sidewalk is level, a pickup wand is attached to the vacuum hose to collect any remaining concrete powder so the walkway can be immediately opened for traffic.

Problems with any City roads or sidewalks (potholes, sinkholes, tripping hazards, etc.) should be called in to the Margate Public Works Department at (954) 972- 8126 for repair.

For specifications and details on sidewalk grinding, please click here.

Story courtesy of:

Alison H. Saffold, MPA, APR
Communications and Marketing Coordinator
City of Margate, FL


Get all 10 CSPs at the Concrete Show

Friday, January 13th, 2017

Visit SMITH at the Concrete Show and find a faster and easier way to achieve all 10 surface profiles on concrete.  

Las Vegas Convention Center
South Hall, Booth #S12251
January 17 – 20, 2017

Click here for show details.
If you will be attending, please RSVP here.

Watch this video to preview the SMITH exhibit at the World of Concrete


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