Apr 112012

By Teri Walker —

A temporary hot mix batch plant set up just within Holbrook city limits will net the city about $180,000 in revenue in the coming months.

The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) awarded Hatch Construction & Paving of Taylor an $8 million contract to mill and repave a nearly eight-mile stretch of Interstate 40 near Holbrook. The company opted to locate its batch plant–where the materials are mixed and stored for the paving operation–on State Route 77 at the south end of Holbrook, a decision City Manager Ray Alley is pleased with because of the revenue increase the batch location represents for the city.

“We’ll be getting $180,000 from this one contract alone. If Hatch gets more contracts, we’ll earn revenues from those, too,” said Alley.

Vice President Jason Hatch expects to produce an average of 250 tons per hour at the batch plant, which sits on six leased acres. Hatch Construction will produce 60,000 tons for the current project, which will stretch from Perkins Valley to mile marker 290.3 east of Holbrook, in both east and westbound lanes. The company will employ about 50 people for the construction operation, which is underway now and should last until mid-June.

Hatch said drivers in the area should expect increased truck traffic near the batch plant, as well as typical construction delays on the interstate. He anticipates operating additional road construction projects from the Holbrook batch plant, and said his company may be mixing for another project later this summer.