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‘Streets of fire’

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Large clouds of black smoke are seen about 8 a.m. Thursday rising above North Washington Avenue, between West College Boulevard and 16th Street. Drivers heading to work may have worried that there was a house fire, but the smoke could be traced to crews resurfacing the road with asphalt in a process known as “hot recycling.” A crew member with Dustrol Inc., a contractor for the city, is seen watering down the sidewalk so it wouldn’t catch fire.
Residents and businesses are notified about 48 hours prior to operations near them, according to City Engineer Louis Najar, and lane or street closures are sometimes necessary. Although weather or other issues can affect schedules, the plans now are for the crews to work in the following areas until Sept. 27: Sycamore Avenue, Bland Street to the alley north of Eighth Street, Aug. 29-30 and Sept. 3-6; West Alameda Street from Saucedo Avenue to Sunset Avenue, Sept. 6-12; and South Main Street from Martin Street to Jaffa Street, Sept. 12-27. (Christina Stock Photo)