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Citywide Cape Sealing Pavement Project Kicks Off Monday

By Beth Milligan | May 23, 2022

The City of Traverse City will begin a cape seal project on 12.85 miles of city streets today (Monday). The project is expected to be complete by June 10 and will require street closures at various times throughout the city.

A cape seal is a two-step pavement preservation process that combines two roadway surface treatments designed to extend the life of pavements in fair to good condition, consisting of a chip seal treatment, which is then covered by a slurry seal (a cold mix paving treatment) or micro-surfacing treatment. The city’s streets department initiated the use of the alternate pavement maintenance technique in 2011. The cape seal application has improved the useful life of nearly 3.5 miles of roadway.

This round of cape sealing is being handled through a $1.49 million contract with Pavement Maintenance Systems - approved by the city commission last year - and will extend the life of 12.85 miles of city streets by approximately 7-10 years. The work will take approximately 2-3 days on each street, with street closures occurring at various times and locations. To view the project map (pictured) in more detail, click here.

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