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,
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.