The pink-colored rejuvenator is applied with a distributor truck and then covered with a thin coating of sand to prevent tracking while it cures.
"Our primary usage of this particular surface treatment has been local subdivisions and some city streets," Reid says. "There's minimal disruption to traffic and homeowners are happy with the resulting improvements made."
As for the other surface treatment Reid has in his preservation arsenal, the MPW makes extensive use of a fog seal on roads that are seven-, eight-, nine- and 10-years-old.
"When we see some beginning signs of raveling, with exposed aggregate, we know its time for an additional surface treatment," Reid notes. "We've been using the PASS (Polymer-modified Asphalt Surface Sealer) emulsion fog seal product produced by Western Emulsions. It really does a great job of bringing those roads back to ‘like-new' condition, and again it's a surface treatment that we can execute with minimal disruption to traffic."
In the second full year of MPW's preventive maintenance program, 173 lane miles were treated with Reclamite and 141 lane miles were treated with the fog seal product. This year, Reid expects to treat 300 lane miles with Reclamite and approximately the same number of miles with the fog seal process. "Each of our five (road network) groups will spend approximately $600,000 on Reclamite surface treatment and $800,000 on fog seal applications," Reid says. "As we continue to execute the pavement management system we put in place, we're able to maintain more roads with preservation techniques and keep those roads in better shape for a longer period of time before they require repaving or reconstruction. The Reclamite extends a road's service life by approximately three years, and the fog seal application adds another three years of service. We used to get about 10 years of good service out of a (asphalt) paved road before we would have to do some major patch work, but now we're getting 16 years out of the road before we need to start considering rehabilitation.
"With asphalt (hot mix purchased from an independent producer) costing us $52 a ton this year because of the higher asphalt binder prices, we're saving a substantial amount of money with our preventive maintenance program," Reid adds. "We realize that treating good roads will help them remain good roads longer, and that translates into savings for our taxpayers."