Pavement Maintenance

Pavement Maintenance
Public Works addresses very localized pavement issues (typically potholes or narrow, confined street defects). However, different maintenance methods are best utilized at different times throughout a pavement’s lifecycle. To read more about typical pavement lifecycle, see the Village News (March/April 2022).

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Typically first performed within the first three years after repaving, crack sealing is exactly as it sounds: filling and sealing the typical first large-scale cracks in the pavement with a flexible material. Sealing cracks that typically open up regularly keeps water from penetrating deeper into the pavement section.

Crack sealing is performed relatively quickly in a moving operation involving grouting out the lose material in and around the crack, cleaning it with air, then applying the sealant material. Residents should keep their windows closed while this operation passes as the wind does occasionally carry some of the dust to adjacent homes and vehicles.

Pavement Patching
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Pavement patching needs to occur to remove locations of pavement failure. The surface of the pavement typically shows “alligator cracking” as the break patters look like the patterns on alligator skin. Other distresses addressed by pavement patching include deep ruts and settlements.

Since patching operations involve mechanically removing the pavement and replacing it, the operation requires large machines and truck traffic. Depending on how much pavement needs to be removed (typically 2”-4”) residents may be able to drive on the patch nearly immediately. Other deeper patches (typically concrete) will require additional time to fully complete. Motorists should pay close attention to construction signs and barricades (they are there for a reason!).