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ISRN Civil Engineering
Volume 2012, Article ID 279643, 7 pages
Review Article

30 Years of Microsurfacing: A Review

Department of Engineering Technology, Texas State University, San Marcos, TX 78666, USA

Received 2 February 2012; Accepted 26 February 2012

Academic Editors: X. Huang and I. Smith

Copyright © 2012 Ben Broughton et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Microsurfacing has been utilized in the United States since 1980 as a maintenance treatment for pavement. This paper reviews the benefits, limitations, and factors that contribute to successful applications of microsurfacing. The history of microsurfacing, as well as a definition and process description of the treatment, is included. The body of scientific work on microsurfacing is shown to promote its use in preventative maintenance programs, and the potential for microsurfacing to meet tightening environmental and budgetary restrictions is discussed. Suggestions are given for future research to expand microsurfacing’s applications and efficacy stemming from the ability of microsurfacing to be cold-applied and utilize polymers in the bitumen.