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Cold Lake trying out microsurfacing

The City of Cold Lake is using a new technology that’s meant to make its roads last longer. For the first time ever, it will be using the process called microsurfacing to give stretches of road more time before they need major resurfacing.

“We are implementing this program to see if this technology will work to our satisfaction in Cold Lake,” says Chief Administrative Officer Kevin Nagoya. “Ultimately, our intention is to save tax payers’ money on maintenance by finding cost-effective ways to maintain and extend the lifecycle of our roads before major overhauls are needed. This process shows promise, and can extend the life of a roadway by up to 10 years.”

Microsurfacing adds a thin layer of polymer-modified asphalt to the surface of a road before it’s identified as one needing a full overlay. In total, 30,000 square metres will be done this year to see how it works in the city.

There are four areas getting done:
– Highway 55 West from the western city limit to just west of 28 Street.
– Highway 28 from 43 Avenue to 34 Avenue.
– Approximately 650 metres of Veterans’ Drive, west of 57 Street.
– 51 Avenue from 49 Street to 47 Street.

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