Starting in April, Public Works begins annual road surface treatments. The county uses several different methods to preserve roads and to protect the public’s investment in its transportation infrastructure.
Slurry seal is a mixture of fine aggregate and emulsified asphalt that is mixed together and then applied to residential roadway surfaces. Slurry seal extends the life of existing asphalt, while sealing it from the harmful effects of water penetration and sun. This surface treatment typically lasts three to seven years.
Treated roads are closed for two to four hours, depending on weather conditions, to allow curing before they can reopen to traffic.
Chip seal is used to help seal the surface and prevent moisture from damaging roads. This surface treatment is typically applied between mid-August and late September, weather permitting.
Each area is completed within 1 - 3 days. Roads will not be closed, but you may experience temporary traffic delays. Watch for loose gravel and fresh oil signs and please drive slowly through work zones.
Rubberized asphalt chip seal
The treatment consists of two parts. In the first phase, rubberized asphalt is applied to the road followed by a covering of crushed rock. The road is then rolled to press the gravel into the rubber-asphalt mix.
The second phase, which typically will be done 1-2 weeks later, will involve applying a slurry seal to preserve the new surface. This is a one-day road process that will require closing the road.
Micro seal is similar to a slurry seal, only that it uses larger pieces of rock. Cement also can be added to the mixture. A micro seal dries faster than a slurry seal and is used on multilane roads, which allows traffic to pass on one lane while the other is being treated.
To further ease traffic disruptions, sand is shoveled onto intersections so vehicles can drive over the treated surface only minutes after it has been applied.
This surface treatment is for structural reinforcement on arterial and collector roads in urban and rural areas. Surface defects and irregularities are repaired prior to adding a 1- to 4-inch layer of asphalt. There are significant driving delays during the overlay process.
In preparation for summer road work, residents sometimes need to prune their vegetation so county vehicles can get close to the curb. In addition, vegetation needs to be trimmed to improve traffic visibility and remove sidewalk or pedestrian obstructions.
Homeowners are responsible for pruning and maintaining their vegetation, including debris disposal. All low-hanging material needs to be trimmed to provide 14 feet of vertical clearance from the top of the curb and 8 feet of clearance from the full width of the sidewalk.
Residents who need to trim their vegetation will receive door hangers from the county. If they do not trim the vegetation, county road crews will cut back the vegetation. This work will be done at no cost, but it will not be done to a landscape quality desired by many residents.