Roadwork Information

Roadwork & Resurfacing

Over the course of the summer, generally, several different contracts will be utilized to maintain the Municipality’s roadway system using multiple different approaches each specially selected based on performance, cost-effectiveness, and appropriateness of the method for the specific road conditions.

Ideally, if you leave for work/school in the morning, road work will be completed by the time of your return in the evening. If you arrive home or depart while road work is underway and must enter the active work zone please contact a member of the work crew for instruction in order to prevent damage and maximize safety. The Municipality apologizes for any inconvenience caused by the work, however, we are certain the benefits of a newly resurfaced road will outweigh any temporary inconvenience.

Please contact the Municipality’s Resurfacing Project Inspector or the Public Works Department if you have any special needs.

Constructions Updates

Please check Government Channel 15 (Comcast), Government Channel 45 (Verizon), or this website regularly for updates regarding the construction date(s) for your street. 

Also, keep your eyes open for small signs with attached fluorescent ribbon posted along the entrances to your street listing the days construction will occur. These signs are meant to provide additional notification and to establish suspension of on-street parking during construction. In some cases, this website and TV-15 cannot be updated fast enough to accommodate changing schedules, the sign(s) posted on your street is the most accurate source of information. Cars parked on the street which interfere with construction will be towed at the owner’s expense if the owner cannot be contacted and have the vehicle removed.

Resurfacing Methods used in Monroeville

  1. Fog Seal

Half of the road is black because of the application of fog seal.A fog seal is a chemically engineered asphalt pavement sealer comprised of an emulsion of blended polymerized asphalt which provides a durable yet flexible top coat while penetrating and sealing the underlying pavement.

The fog seal is applied using a distributor truck with a large tank and dozens of spray nozzles. Upon application the fog seal is brown, but it dries to an absolute black color that is difficult to distinguish from new asphalt in roughly 45 minutes. A fog seal is a proactive treatment used on newer, structurally-sound pavements to combat water intrusion and UV damage much as you would seal your driveway to extend the service life of the roadway.

A truck applies fog seal to a road.The fog seal will be applied to a single lane at a time. While the sealer cures, there will be roughly 45 minutes where the “wet” lane will be coned-off, and driving across the sealer may cause the sealer to "track". If you must leave home across a "wet" lane, you can do so slowly without re-entering your driveway.

  1. Overlay
  1. Mill and Overlay
  1. Sealcoat
  1. Sealcoat with Flush Coat
  1. Crack Sealing

How do we decide which roads will be resurfaced each year?

The process starts with the Engineering Department's annual comprehensive pavement condition survey during which staff drive all 110 miles of Municipally-owned roadway (in addition to Municipal roads there are also private, state, county, and turnpike roads within our borders).

Through the use of a customized Geographic Information System (GIS) interface the Engineering staff has broken these 110 miles into 915 street segments in order to provide higher data resolution, for instance, Garden City Drive is 2.4 miles long but is instead broken into 21 segments averaging 0.11 miles long.

During the condition survey, the inspector assigns a rating to each segment based on visual condition cues such as cracking, polishing, raveling, smoothness, rutting, etc. in accordance with an industry-accepted pavement evaluation system. A custom-designed weighted prioritization formula then combines this rating with age (years since last paved) and functional category (local, arterial, alley, etc.) to arrive at a prioritization score.

These scores provide a raw, unbiased basis for prioritizing which roads are most "deserving" of resurfacing which must then be "polished" with human experience and wisdom. This is accomplished by loading the prioritization data back into the GIS to allow visualization of spatial location and patterns allowing Engineering staff to develop a project scope accounting for various external factors including upcoming utility work or development and efficiency of construction.

Resurfacing methods are selected based upon the distresses noted in the condition survey as well as the functional use of the roadway. Municipal Council ultimately must approve the final project scope. If you feel your road needs to be resurfaced please realize that resurfacing is quite costly and that funds for that purpose are very limited relative to the size of our roadway system. As explained above roads are selected primarily based upon condition, if your road is not on the paving list it is likely not in as poor a condition as you think when viewed in the "big picture". No community these days can afford to pave a road simply because "it's been a long time since my road was paved." If you feel you must bring it to someone's attention you can call the Deputy Director of Public Works at 412-856-3335 to see what rating your road received or call or email your Councilperson to discuss your concerns.