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Three Phases

The process for resurfacing a roadway involves three phases:

  • Prep Work – repairing failed areas and low spots, sealing large cracks with filler material, and removing weeds in preparation for resurfacing.

  • Chip Seal – spraying the street with an “emulsion binder” and then spreading gravel over the surface. During this phase, the street will temporarily have the appearance of a gravel road, until the gravel is fully embedded into the emulsion binder. Neighbors’ patience is most appreciated at this point in the project, and they’re advised to drive slow and exercise additional caution.

  • Slurry Seal – after the gravel has been compacted by traffic use, loose material will be swept up, and a final coating of a sand and oil mixture will be applied to “seal” the street. At this time, until the seal is dry, neighbors are cautioned to keep not only cars, but also children and pets from coming into contact with the roadway, as the seal material is very difficult to remove from rugs, clothing, etc.

    All three phases of work require traffic detours and “no parking” restrictions on the days of the scheduled work. Normally, during the main part of the work streets will be reopened to traffic by 5:00 pm. However, streets may be closed later if necessary to allow the new surfacing to fully cure.



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