2021 Pavement Rejuvenation Improvements IP 21-11

Background Information

Updated May 6, 2021

Proposed Improvements

The City of Ramsey has awarded a contract to Corrective Asphalt Materials to apply Reclamite to 44,861 square yards (SY) of bituminous pavement across 6 neighborhoods listed below:

  • Brookfield 6th, 7th and 8th Additions (9,618 SY)
  • Covenant Meadows (6,218 SY)
  • Ford Brook Estates, 2019 reconstructed streets (3,016 SY)
  • Harvest Estates 1st and 2nd Additions (7,826 SY)
  • Rivers Bend, 2018 reconstructed streets (7,915 SY)
  • Wood Pond Hills & Chestnut Ridge (10,268 SY) 

Here is a link to the plans, showing in detail the location of the proposed work; 2021 Pavement Rejuvenator Project 

Schedule

The City is working with the Contractor to develop a project schedule. Property owners within the improvement areas can expect to receive a project notification letter 1 to 2 weeks prior to the start of the project.

Funding

The City budgeted $200,000 for 2021 crack seal improvements. Total project costs for the 2021 crack seal improvements based on the awarded bid are anticipated to be $125,888.00. Therefore $74,112 is projected to remain unspent from the 2021 crack seal budget.

In an attempt to best utilize the entire $200,000 budged for crack seal improvements on pavement maintenance improvements, engineering and public works Staff were directed to review the City’s street maintenance needs and the following recommendations were proposed to, and approved by the City’s Public Works Committee and City Council; $33,593 to replace the old pavement patching trailer with a new trailer, $41,272.12 to apply Reclamite to 44,861 SY of bituminous pavement on numerous street segments in the neighborhoods listed above.

Reclamite Pavement Rejuvenator Background

Corrective Asphalt Materials (CAM) specializes in applying a petroleum maltene-based pavement rejuvenating agent called Reclamite. Maltene-based petroleum products have the ability to absorb or penetrate into asphalt pavement and restore the reactive components (maltenes) that have been lost due to the natural process of oxidation.

Reclamite is used as a pavement preservation tool and is applied similar to a fog seal, but with a much quicker dry time along with additional benefits. Numerous cities have been using this product for years and have had good experiences thus far and plan to continue applying Reclamite in the foreseeable future.

CAM typically restricts applications of Reclamite to pavement that is 5 years old or less, though they are starting to apply Reclamite to some streets in Edina and Woodbury that are around 8 years old. To determine if the pavement is able to absorb the Reclamite application in sufficient quantity the pavement must first be tested by applying test applications to determine if the existing pavement is porous enough to accept Reclamite using standard application rates. The CAM Reclamite brochure can be seen here.

2020 Pavement Rejuvenation Improvements

Following approvals from the Public Works Committee and the City Council, a pavement rejuvenator demonstration project was completed in 2020. Reclamite was applied to Ute Street in the Stanhope Terrace development, which was reconstructed in 2018.

The Pavement treated with Reclamite currently appears to be less porous and drains better than the pavement segment to the north that was reconstructed at the same time but was not treated with Reclamite. Staff will continue to monitor the two sections to evaluate the ongoing benefits of Reclamite.

Sealcoating Background

The intended purpose of sealcoating streets was to protect existing bituminous pavement from damage due to stormwater runoff, ultraviolet rays from the sun, and petroleum deposits left by vehicles using the streets. In addition, a small amount of oil in the sealcoat emulsion is absorbed by the underlying pavement, helping to rejuvenate up to the top quarter inch of pavement.

In 2019, the City Council indefinitely suspended sealcoat improvements due to observed pavement stripping under sealcoat issues on numerous street segments that had recently received a sealcoat. Pavement stripping under sealcoats results in the top inch or so of pavement stripping away from the underlying pavement in areas that start out small, about the size of a quarter, then grow larger and larger over time until much of the pavement’s surface has disintegrated.

Since the sealcoat program was suspended, Staff has been exploring alternatives to sealcoat improvements for northern tier states, such as Minnesota. Numerous alternatives have been tried by many cities throughout the metro area. The most common alternatives in use by other cities include fog sealing, micro-thin overlays, and pavement rejuvenators.

City Staff have been conferring with Staff from other metro cities including; Anoka, Andover, Brooklyn Center, Coon Rapids, Saint Michael and Woodbury to discuss what other sealcoat alternatives are being tried. Based on these discussions, Staff feels pavement rejuvenators will provide the greatest overall benefit at the lowest cost, while minimizing impacts to the traveling public due to the fast cure times.

Please contact Joe Feriancek by email or call at (763) 433-9893 for any concerns or questions related to this project.