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North Kansas City hopes to extend life of roads with micro-paving approach

Posted: 6:27 AM, Jul 18, 2018
Updated: 2018-07-18 08:57:19-04

NORTH KANSAS CITY, Mo. - By the time some people living in North Kansas City get home from work, their street could have a fresh layer of pavement. The city is in the process of resurfacing residential roads.

It’s using a method called micro-paving or micro-surfacing. This is about the third year the road district in North Kansas City has used the method. The city's mayor said micro-surfacing extends the life of the road considerably. For cost comparison, tearing out and replacing the pavement costs three to four times more than micro-surfacing.

The treatment is two-fold. First, contractors fill and seal cracks in the pavement in the fall or winter.  In the summer, they spread about a quarter inch of sealant across the entire road to resurface it. The treatment can dry in a matter of hours, allowing people can drive over it by the end of the day in some cases. To cover one block takes about half the day.

The contractor doing the job will work on roads for the next two or three weeks. The company hopes to be done with the roads on this summer’s list by the time school starts.