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Microsurfacing possible for major Charlottetown roads

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CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. —

The City of Charlottetown is thinking of investing in preventative maintenance on a couple of the city’s main roads this year.

The public works committee is recommending 5.4 kilometres of roads be microsurfaced this year at a cost of around $500,000.

Microsurfacing is a process that is designed for roads that are in relatively good condition but are showing some wear.

The committee has recommended using this process to pave Mount Edward Road, from the bypass towards Belvedere Avenue and North River Road, from McGill Avenue to Brighton Road.

Microsurfacing involves a thin layer of asphalt goes over the top of the street. It prevents salt, freezing rain and so on seeping into cracks in the street, thus creating potholes. Public works officials have said in the past streets that have been microsurfaced should last four to eight more years before they have to be repaired.

Microsurfacing was used in 2017 on University Avenue, Capital Drive and Longworth Avenue.

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