Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

June 2, 2017

Hwy 2 preservation project between Bagley and Wilton begins June 12

BEMIDJI, Minn. — Motorists can expect lane closures and delays on Highway 2 between Bagley and Wilton beginning Monday, June 12, as crews complete a preventive maintenance seal coating project called microsurfacing.

Microsurfacing is a short-term, preventive maintenance technique that uses a quick setting emulsion of oil, water, cement and aggregate to level out the existing driving surface by eliminating wheel ruts and minor imperfections. It is designed to extend the life of the existing roadway an additional seven to ten years.

“It works best on a pavement that doesn’t have much cracking on the surface,” said Jim Bittmann, MnDOT materials engineer. “It’s not practical for all locations though, every project is unique and must be studied individually. In this location, microsurfacing gave us our highest return on investment.”

Asphalt Surface Technologies Corporation, is the contractor the $1.45 million project. It is expected to be complete by the middle of July, weather permitting.

MnDOT urges motorists to always drive with caution, and reminds them to slow down in the work zone and never enter a roadway that has been blocked with barriers or cones.

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