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Pavement Preservation Project, Cape Sealing, Authorized

by Colleen Paveglio
Tuesday, June 22, 2021

June 22, 2021 - The Traverse City City Commission authorized a contract with for the 2021 Cape Sealing Project at their June 21, 2021 meeting. The contract with Pavement Maintenance Systems, for $1,493,280, will extend the life of 12.85 miles of city streets by approximately 7 – 10 year.

A cape seal is a two-step pavement preservation process that combines two roadway surface treatments designed to extend the life of pavements in fair to good condition, consisting of a chip seal treatment, which is then covered by a slurry seal (a cold mix paving treatment) or micro surfacing treatment.  The City’s Streets Department initiated the use of the alternate pavement maintenance technique known as cape seal in 2011. The cape seal application improved the useful life of nearly 3.5 miles of streets.

“The City uses a number of proven methodologies of repairing streets.  Cape sealing has proven to be a useful technique that extends the life of pavement for nearly 10 years.  Our professional engineering staff and streets department work on developing an overarching plan to best utilize available funding to extend or replace the life of our street surfaces,” stated City Manager Martin Colburn.

The City’s Streets Department identified 12.85 miles of streets that would benefit from the technique.  Cape sealing is completed more rapidly than other pavement preservation techniques.  Thus, the inconvenience to the public will be minimized.

CAPE SEAL PROJECT MAP