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Crews with the City of Pocatello Street Operations Department will be getting started on one piece of their pavement management efforts this week. Starting Thursday, July 7, crews will begin to apply microsurfacing treatment to just over 30 of the Gate City’s roads. Microsurfacing, also called micro seal, is a seal coat that is applied to the roadway and uses a mixture of water, asphalt, small rocks, and chemicals to protect the pavement and also create a new driving surface. “You’ll see microsurfacing used on all types of roads” said Tom Kirkman, Street Operations Superintendent. “Compared to a chip seal, which uses larger pieces of rock, microsurfacing has less road noise and is much quieter for drivers and residents.” Last year, crews were able to complete a total of 44 miles worth of pavement rehabilitation that included fog sealing, chip sealing, paving, and microsurfacing. “By applying the proper treatment and rehabilitation efforts at the right time, you can extend a road’s useful life over a couple of decades,” Kirkman said. “Microsurfacing is another one of the lower cost options, along with fog sealing and chip sealing, the City uses for pavement rehabilitation instead of completely repaving a road,” said Michael R. Jaglowski, PE, Public Works Director for the City of Pocatello. “Microsurfacing costs roughly $2.50 per square yard to apply while paving costs approximately $9 per square yard.” The Street Operations Department will notify residents with a flyer at least one day in advance that their road will be microsurfaced. There will be no parking allowed on the street from 6:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. and vehicles parked on the street will be towed to the nearest side street. In order to achieve the best possible results, roads need to be dry and free of any standing water. On the day a street is scheduled to be surfaced, residents are asked to turn off any sprinklers. A list of streets tentatively scheduled to receive microsurfacing treatment can be found at pocatello.us/448/Yearly-Paving-Plan. For more information on the Street Operations Department, visit pocatello.us/street.