Thursday, September 24, 2015

Arlington Heights Roadway Crack Sealing Program Under Way

The Village's crack sealing maintenance program is schedulued to start September 17, 2015, weather permitting. The purpose of this program is to help extend the life cycle of street pavements. The program lasts for about two weeks and is an efficient procedure that helps prevent moisture from getting under pavement and thereby increasing the rate of roadway degradation.

Crack sealing is usually done three years after a roadway resurfacing or reconstruction to minimize additional cracking. The work is messy, but necessary to extend the life cycle of pavement. Before applying sealant, workers must rout cut the existing cracks and use an air compressor to blow away any loose dirt or debris from the cracked area. A worker than applies a hot liquid sealant to the clean crack. Finally, a fine dust or sand is blown over the material to reduce vehicle tracking

Please be patient with the process. Street sweepers will clean the streets generally 24 hours after the sealant is properly set. If you have questions about the program, please contact Chuck Benson, Public Works Street Unit Crew Chief, at 847-368-5836 or email him at

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