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Micro-Surfacing or Slurry Seal applications are effective when combined with an RCRI treatment, to both retard reflective cracking and provide a new wearing surface to an existing pavement.  This process of combining the RCRI treatment with a micro-surface or slurry surface is called a Cape Seal application.  HMA is also a viable surface treatment on an RCRI to retard reflective cracking in the surface course.  In addition, with the RCRI being a rich polymer-modified asphalt emulsion, a standard tack coat is not required prior to the surface course.

RCRI Advantage
  • Prevents reflective cracking
  • Increased pavement lifespan
  • Reduced maintenance requirements
  • Cost-effective treatment to extend pavement service life
  • Fast, efficient process


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RCRI Concept
RCRI Engineered Emulsion Being Applied
Crushed Aggregate Is Applied To RCRI Membrane
RCRI After Rolling - Awaiting Surface Course

Reflective Crack Retarding Interlayer (RCRI) is an engineered process that helps retard reflective cracking in asphalt pavements.  A highly polymerized engineered emulsion is sprayed on the pavement followed by a pre-determined layer of crushed cover aggregate, which is rolled with rubber tire rollers and swept within a short time. This interlayer between the existing pavement and the new surface treatment dissipates the stresses that would otherwise reflect upward from the underlying surface, thus greatly reducing cracking at the joints and faults. This increases the lifespan of the pavement and as a result, reduces maintenance costs.