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Micro-surfacing on bridge decks Kerry Wood Drive in Red Deer to start

August 4, 2020 12:08 PM
(Red Deer, Alberta)

Starting August 7, micro-surfacing work will begin on three bridge decks and on a section of Kerry Wood Drive. Bridges scheduled for this work are the 67 Street eastbound bridges over CNR rail and the Red Deer River, and the Taylor Drive bridge over CPR rail. Kerry Wood Drive will also be micro surfacing from west of Farrell Avenue to Oak Drive.

Micro-surfacing is a road preservation treatment used to extend the life of a pavement anywhere from five to eight years, depending on the current condition of the pavement surface. Micro-surfacing provides a thin wearing surface on top of the existing asphalt that city roads are paved with. Micro-surfacing is installed quicker and is ready to drive on faster than traditional hot-mix asphalt. 

Motorists will notice a rougher surface texture on a micro-surfaced road. This feature improves skid-resistance, but also tends to be noisier.

Construction on the bridge decks will occur during off-peak hours and traffic will be reduced to one lane. On Kerry Wood Drive, traffic will be reduced to one lane, with a flag-person managing traffic flow. Motorists are encouraged to use alternate routes. The project is expected to last two days. 

Drivers are reminded to slow down when driving in construction zones and obey all signs. Pedestrians are reminded to cross only at designated crosswalks.

All road construction is weather dependent and schedules may be subject to change. For information about road construction and closures visit Any impacts to transit routes are posted on the City website as construction nears and can be viewed at

FAQ Micro-surfacing on bridge decks (pdf)

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