Annual Street Resurfacing Program

On a yearly basis, the Village of Palatine undertakes a Street Resurfacing Program designed to upgrade and meet the Village’s stated goal of maintaining all Village streets at or above the "good" level as defined by the Micro-PAVER Program. Micro-PAVER is a computer-based pavement management system developed by the U. S Army Corps of Engineers and the American Public Works Association. Within a two-year span, all streets are visibly rated by our Engineering staff. The observations are entered into the PAVER Program and a rating is calculated. All streets rated below "good" are then considered for inclusion in the upcoming year’s Resurfacing Program.

After the specific street sections have been selected for inclusion in the Resurfacing Program, the Department of Public Works Engineering staff makes a preliminary evaluation for curb and gutter replacement. Reasons for curb replacement include flow restriction, severe deterioration, or structural deficiencies.

Following the Bidding Process

When the bidding process is complete and a contractor is selected, the first step is removal and replacement of selected concrete curbs and driveway aprons. The contractor takes several weeks to complete all of the concrete repairs.


Restoration to the turf is done after the concrete work is completed. The landscape contractor will backfill the holes and apply grass seed and topsoil behind the curbs and other areas where concrete work was performed. This work is weather dependent. It could be immediately after the curb placement or any time until the end of the project.

Partial Asphalt Removal

The next step is the partial removal of the existing asphalt surface. This is accomplished with a road grinder which will remove the specified thickness of asphalt. After the grinding process, a leveling course of new asphalt is placed on the street to smooth out any irregularities which exist or were created by the grinding. Just before the leveling course is placed (usually twenty-four to forty-eight hours), the contractor will post "Fresh Oil" signs and apply "oil" which provides adhesion between the old and new asphalt. The "oil" takes one to two hours to cure, and after that time it should not track up on vehicles.


The next operation is to perform patching of failed base course material, if any exist. After the base course repairs are made, the pavement may be covered with a crack-controlling fabric. The fabric is rolled out over a coating of "oil" which allows the fabric to adhere to the pavement. The "oil" should be completely covered and will not track up on vehicles.

Laying Asphalt

The last step involved is the placement of the final surface course of asphalt. During this phase of the resurfacing, the street may be difficult to drive through due to the paving crew, their machines, and trucks. Finally, after all paving is completed, any pavement striping needed will be repainted, such as stop bars, crosswalks, and median lines.

Further Information

If you have any questions, please feel free to call the Department of Public Works at (847) 705-5200.