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Posted on: July 11, 2017

Microsurfacing Begins Friday in Pocatello

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A portion of the City of Pocatello’s pavement management program is scheduled to begin later this week.


Friday, crews will begin to apply a microsurface treatment to over 30 sections of the Gate City’s roads. Microsurfacing, also called micro seal, is a seal coat that uses a mixture of water, asphalt, small rocks, and chemicals to protect the pavement and also create a new ¬driving surface.  


“Microsurfacing is used on many types of roads,” said Tom Kirkman, Street Operations Superintendent. “Compared to a chip seal, which uses larger pieces of rock, microsurfacing has less road noise and is much quieter for drivers and residents.”


The Street Operations Department will notify residents with a flyer at least one day in advance that their road will be microsurfaced. The schedule may be altered depending on weather, equipment, and unforeseen circumstances. There is also the possibility that work could take less time than expected and treatments may be completed earlier than anticipated.


There will be no parking allowed on the street from 6:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. and vehicles parked on the street will be towed to the nearest side street. Flaggers will be on site to direct traffic in the construction area. Motorists should expect delays and use alternate routes when possible.  


In order to achieve the best possible results, roads need to be dry and free of any standing water. On the day a street is scheduled to be surfaced, residents are asked to turn off any sprinklers.


A list of streets tentatively scheduled to receive a microsurfacing treatment can be found at pocatello.us/448/Yearly-Paving-Plan.


For more information on the Street Operations Department, visit pocatello.us/street.


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