Street rejuvenation project to begin Tuesday


Staff Reports

Seymour will begin a project after Labor Day to extend the life of just more than 7 miles of city streets.

On or after Tuesday, crews from RejuvTec Inc. will be applying an in-depth seal coat of the asphalt rejuvenating product Reclamite on many local streets.

The product is designed to restore the asphalt pavement back to its proper chemical balance, improve flexibility, eliminate cracking and potholes, reduce road fatigue and slow the oxidation process.

Seymour received $108,200.18 earlier this year from the state’s Community Crossings Matching Grant program, which the city will match with funds from the Seymour Redevelopment Commission to fund the road rejuvenation project.

Using Reclamite is a way to make newly constructed pavement last longer and provide corrective maintenance on deteriorated pavement to preserve streets and delay further deterioration and more costly fixes.

Preventive maintenance on a roadway can be compared to changing the oil in a vehicle. It will greatly extend service life at a lower cost than repaving or reconstruction.

City Engineer Bernie Hauersperger said he is glad the city is able to move forward with the rejuvenation project.

“We are excited that we can take this progressive step in pavement maintenance,” he said. “This project will allow streets that have good pavement to last longer before we need a major overlay.”

The product replaces oils in the pavement that have been dried by the sun, preparing it once again to be weather resistant.

Application will take place between the hours of 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. All cars parked on the street need to be removed during those times. Streets will be closed a lane at a time. Flaggers and signage will be in place to help direct traffic. Residents will be notified of rejuvenation work on their street by a door hanger beforehand.

Residents will have access to their driveways at all times. During the application period, RejuvTech workers will provide assistance to drivers and residents if needed.

An applicator truck sprays the Reclamite on the asphalt surface. The product goes down pink and penetrates into the asphalt. It then changes color in about 15 to 30 minutes depending on temperature and other factors.

Reclamite is a petroleum maltene-based product and will temporarily darken the pavement.

After application, a light coating of sand is then put down to absorb any residual Reclamite to reduce tracking of the product into homes. Although odorless, pets and children should not be allowed on the street during and immediately after application.

The road will remain closed until after the sand has been applied because the road will be slick and oil can get on vehicles. Sand will be swept up within two days.

To reduce the chance of getting residue on vehicles, speed should be kept to a minimum for several days.

Should residue get on a resident’s driveway, it can be washed away with water or will wear off in a few weeks. If it gets on a vehicle, it should be washed off immediately with soap and water or a mild solvent remover.

Also, residents should not use lawn sprinklers or wash their vehicles as the street must be dry to receive the treatment. In the event of rain, work will be delayed until the following day.

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