How a City Prevents Potholes and Saves Taxpayer Dollars Using Specialized Sealant

Posted on 8/30/2018 11:49:10 AM By ASC

The City of Lincoln, Nebraska hopes to ensure pothole-free roads thanks to its use of a special sealant product. It is treating 13 major streets with the sealant to prevent cracks and potholes from developing in road surfaces. The targeted streets have not been resurfaced for the last seven to eight years, and the upper layer asphalt has been worn away, leaving the roads vulnerable to cracks and potholes.

Instead of resurfacing the roads, the city will apply a sealant that lasts for five to seven years. It reinvigorates the oils in the asphalt and tops them up with additional emulsions. Road users will experience minimal traffic disruption since the process can be completed in under one day.

Apart from saving on pothole repairs, the city believes that it will be able to extend the lifespan of the asphalt, reducing the drain on municipal coffers from road resurfacing costs for an additional fifteen to twenty years. Whereas road resurfacing has cost the city as much as $7 million in the past, the sealant treatment project costs just $400,000.

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