ALPENA, Mich. — The Alpena County Road Commission began sealcoating roads in Alpena County. This process preserves the pavement by treating cracks and oxidation that happen over time.
Managing Director Ryan Brege said the risk is minimal to drivers if the roads are not sealcoated but doing it avoids potholes, cracks and deterioration.
Brege adds that they even sealcoat subdivisions and he said residents are against this because for them, the surface is too hard to roller blade, skateboard or bike on. He explains that residents pay for part of that re pavement so the commission is protecting their investment.
It costs approximately $25,000 to sealcoat one mile of roadway. This year the commission plans to complete nine miles of sealcoating to local roads.