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As with all road construction projects, keeping residents and road users notified and informed of upcoming activities is helpful in minimizing confusion, motorist delays, and complaints. Extra care should be taken to adequately inform the public and other stakeholders regarding the work.

Notification practices vary from agency to agency and from job to job, but some common forms of notification include one or more of the following:

  • Letters and/or e-mails to all affected parties
  • Hand-delivered notices to properties abutting the project
  • Temporary “No Parking” signs at appropriate intervals on the project
  • Electronic message boards set up in advance of the work taking place
  • Reverse 911 automated telephone messaging to property owners
  • Posting project information on the agency’s website
  • Social media messaging of the upcoming work
  • Conventional media (TV, radio and newspaper) notices


Notification message content also varies, but usually includes the following information to address six basic questions:

  • What? (a brief description of the treatment being applied)
  • Where? (the street names and limits of work for each)
  • When? (the days, dates and hours of work including a proviso for weather or other unforeseen delays)
  • Why? (an explanation that this is a preventive maintenance treatment being installed to cost-effectively extend the life of the pavement and to avoid poor ride conditions)
  • How? (a general sequence of construction events including their potential impacts on travel times and roadway use)
  • Who? (the names of those involved with the project including who to contact with questions)


A thoughtfully conceived and executed notification plan can greatly enhance public satisfaction with pavement preservation projects including Fog Sealing. 

General Preparation

  • The surface should be free from dust, loose or foreign matter and any objectionable material that would hinder adhesion of the emulsion to the surface. Parking lots or other areas with heavy oil drippings should be cleaned with detergent or by other methods prior to spraying with emulsions.
  • Protect utility castings and drop inlets from the emulsion.
  • If applicable, thermoplastic pavement markings should be abraded and removed from the roadway, as should heavily built up layers of epoxy or waterborne paint and reflective glass beads.