New road resurfacing: saving the city time and money

Published: Jul. 19, 2017 at 10:26 PM CDT
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A new resurfacing product is saving the city thousands of dollars on road repair and maintenance. It's new resealing spray, is not only saving money, but also time.

The new spray has been applied to 150 blocks throughout Lincoln. On Wednesday the city resealed the last two stretches of road. For the most part, cars were still able to drive on the road, even though they were working. And neighbors said they were giving plenty of warning.

Ryan Theewen's wife runs an at home daycare on Canterbury Lane in South Lincoln.

"So I came home in case we need to shuttle the kids down the end of the block, so that parents can pick them up," said Theewen.

That's because the whole stretch of road was being resurfaced.

Luckily, for the Theewens, it was done in time for pick up.

In the past the city would mill and overlay on residential roads every 10 years. Which removes part of the existing road and then lays down new asphalt. Milling can take weeks or months. An engineer from Lincoln Public Works, Erin Sokolik, said this new resurfacing, only takes a day.

"It's been really great because it's very low impact for the residents who live on the street. Basically we come in, it takes on average about three hours, to apply the product, let it dry, and to put that sand down and reopen the streets," said Sokolik.

Rather than laying asphalt, a project that can cost $35,000 per block, they're focusing on maintenance. The city is using a new liquid asphalt spray to reseal the road and to make it last longer. And it's a lot cheaper in the long run.

On a project like this it runs on average $1850 a block. So the cost savings are great! And again, just a great way to extend the life of our streets," said Sokolik.

By spraying the street every 5 years, the city said it helps prevent potholes, cracks, and normal wear and tear through all seasons.

"I mean I like this idea. If we can put down the road and then do preventative maintenance every few years, as supposed to say tearing it up every 10 to 15 years, I mean this makes a lot more sense to me" said Theewen.

The city was able to complete all 150 blocks in a little over a week. And now they are asking for feedback from residents who use these streets. The feedback will help them decide if they continue to use the product for maintenance in the future.