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The City of Pocatello Street Operations Department will begin the process of fog sealing roads around the Gate City starting Monday, July 18.
Earlier this week, crews wrapped up the microsurfacing portion of the City’s pavement management plan and will be moving on to applying a fog seal treatment. Fog sealing involves spraying an asphalt emulsion onto an existing street surface. The emulsion protects the pavement from weathering by sealing small cracks that have developed and prevents water from making its way into the roadway.
“Simply put, asphalt is a mix of gravel and oil. What a fog seal does is it puts oil back into the road surface and rejuvenates it, slowing the rate it degrades,” said Tom Kirkman, Street Operations Superintendent.
For the 2016 road maintenance season, the department is planning to fog seal roughly 15 miles of streets around Pocatello. Fog sealing costs about 30 cents per square yard to apply, compared to $2.50 for microsurfacing and $9 to fully pave a road.
“Just like with our other treatments, microsurfacing, chip sealing, and paving, we’re trying to get the right treatment down at the right time to maximize the taxpayer’s investment into the roads,” Kirkman said. “The roads we’ve identified are still in good shape. They just need a bit of a lift to get back to top form.”
While work is underway, there will be no parking allowed on the street from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and vehicles parked on the street will be towed at the owner’s expense. Flaggers and pilot cars will be onsite to direct traffic in the construction area but motorists should expect delays or use alternate routes when possible.
Officials thank the public for their understanding and apologize for any inconvenience the work may cause. Due to unforeseen circumstances or inclement weather, the work schedule may be extended.
A full list of streets tentatively scheduled to be fog sealed next week is included below. Another round of roads is currently scheduled to be completed in August.
For more information on the City’s Street Operations Department, visit pocatello.us/street or like the department’s Facebook page at facebook.com/ PocatelloStreet.
Monday, July 18:Satterfield Dr. (Pocatello Creek Rd. to Summit Dr.) Sonoma St. (Satterfield Dr. to Hill View Dr.) Hill View Dr. (Sonoma St. to Satterfield Dr.)
Tuesday, July 19:Satterfield Dr. (Summit Dr. to Lois Ln)Michelle St. (Satterfield Dr. to east end) Kelsea Pl. (Michelle St. to end) Shantel Pl. (Michelle St. to end) Colton Pl. (Michelle St. to end) Kelly Ct (Michelle St. to end) Shadowpines Way (Michelle St. to end) Marilyn St. (Satterfield Dr. to Stoneridge Dr.)
Wednesday, July 20: Satterfield Dr. (Lois Ln to north end) Stoneridge Dr. (Summit Dr. to south end) McCaleb Dr. (All) Shaun St. (Satterfield Dr. to Stoneridge Dr.)
Thursday, July 21: Granite Dr. (Summit Dr. to end) Alturas Ct (Granite Dr. to east end) Ridgewood Rd. (city limits to Remington Rd.) Camelback View Dr. (All) Winchester Dr. (All) Remington Rd. (All)