Friday, July 29, 2011

City completes asphalt micro-surfacing project ahead of schedule

The asphalt micro-surfacing of over seven miles of Rolla city streets was completed ahead of schedule today, Friday, July 29.  The area included all streets in Rolla south of 10th Street to Missouri Highway 72, and east of Forum Drive and Pinetree Road. It also included the Johnson/Laird subdivision.
Micro-surfacing (1/4 inch of asphalt) is an economical alternative to hot asphalt mix overlays, which typically applies a minimum of two inches of pavement resurfacing.   One of the distinct advantages of the micro-surfacing procedure is that the work proceeds at a much quicker pace than traditional asphalt overlays, which typically apply a minimum one – and one-half-inches of pavement resurfacing. Micro-surfacing is also an economical alternative to hot asphalt mix overlays, saving the City and residents thousands that would otherwise be spent for the more expensive procedure.
The project would not have proceeded as rapidly as it did without the efficient work and collaboration by the City’s Public Works Department, Donelson Construction Company and the Rolla Police Department. Gene Stroup, Project Coordinator in the City’s Engineering Division, also deserves a big thanks for keeping the project ahead of schedule, as well as the members of Donelson Construction Company and the Rolla Police Department who provided traffic control assistance throughout the project. We would also like to thank the residents of Rolla for your patience and understanding during the micro-surfacing of streets. 
The next project to be undertaken by the City’s Street Department will be the construction of a new round about at the intersection of Forum Drive and 18th Street. This project will begin on Monday, Aug. 1 and will take approximately four to six weeks to complete. The City continues to ask residents and motorists to use caution, and reduce speed throughout this construction project.  


Megan Payne said...

The choice between micro-surfacing and hot asphalt mix overlays will depend on the existing condition of the street in question. You are right, however, about the time and money advantages of micro-surfacing over hot asphalt mix overlays. Just make sure you get the best materials for the project.

Salvatore Aguilar said...

I wonder how the streets of Rolla are now. It’s been one year already, and I hope it is still in good condition. You know what? No matter how many times the city fixes the road, it always seems to go back to its usual bad, bumpy state. I agree with Megan. You have to make sure that you use the best materials for the construction so that you will have a road that will be passable to all vehicles for a long time.

Alphonse Daigle said...

Road condition is greatly affected by several factors, and weather is one of them. Like what Megan and Salvatore said, using quality construction is very important for a road to stay in good condition. Anyway, I hope the road at the street of Rolla is still as it is even after a year.

-Alphonse Daigle