Throughout the city, many streets are receiving a slurry seal. Some residents have asked us why we are repaving a perfectly good street, so we thought it would be good to explain why we take the preventative measures that we do.
Roads are our largest asset in the city. Elected officials and staff feel strongly that roads need to be well-maintained. No one likes potholes, and the less you maintain roads, the more expensive they become later on. We contract with Salt Lake County Public Works to provide our road maintenance.
A slurry seal is a thin maintenance treatment. It is a mixture of asphalt emulsion, graded aggregates, mineral filler, water and additives. When placed on the pavement surface the mixture breaks and cures creating a new wearing surface.
Doing a slurry seal extends the life of the road and is the most cost effective way to maintain our roadways. It minimizes oxidation and aging, reduces water infiltration, provides skid resistance, improves aesthetics, and corrects raveling and weathering.
Slurry seals last about five years, so a small percentage of the city's roads will be done this year. If your road is going to be done, you will receive a flyer on your home detailing the specifics. For other questions, please don't hesitate to call City Hall at 801-963-5400.