laying asphalt

Laying asphalt means that several other major steps have been completed

Asphalt surfaces have a typical service life of 10 to 15 years, depending on traffic and weather conditions.

Asphalt resurfacing is necessary when the asphalt surface has reached the end of its service life or if other methods of restoration cannot repair the roadway. Asphalt resurfacing is a multi-step process that usually involves several work crews over several days.


Resurfacing an asphalt roadway requires the following steps:

  • Repair drainage structures
  • Replace deficient curbs
  • Remove (mill) the existing surface
  • Repair the base course
  • Adjust utilities (manholes, water valves, etc.)
  • Apply a new course (layer) of asphalt
  • Apply preservative seal, where applicable
  • Apply pavement markings (striping)

There may be delays between each step due to the type of maintenance and/or the contractor’s schedule. The City of Mason works with the contractor to balance the completion of the items in a timely manner with the flexibility required to get the best pricing.

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