Chipsealing is a cost-effective surface treatment that typically extends the life of the pavement by seven to 10 years and reduces maintenance costs. Chipsealing is done June through August.
A coat of liquid asphalt and a layer of rock chips are applied to the road. The roadway is then swept clean of loose rock chips. Several days later, a final application of liquid asphalt - called a fog seal - is spread over the surface of the road to keep out water and improve rock retention.
Work hours are typically 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays.
Chipsealing: The road will remain open. On-road parking will be prohibited during the application. You can drive on the roadway immediately after the application.
Fog sealing: One lane will be closed during the application. Flaggers will direct traffic. The road will be closed for three to seven hours after the application, depending on temperature and humidity. On-road parking will be prohibited, as the product could drift in the air and stick to nearby objects. Please call us at (253) 798-6000 if you would like to discuss special accommodations related to your schedule (such as doctor appointments or home-based business needs).
How you can help
If a road near your home is going to be chipsealed, you can help us in the following ways:
On-road parking will be prohibited on your road during the work. Watch for additional information. Please find alternative parking if needed.
Remove any personal items from the roadway, such as basketball hoops and garbage cans.
Keep water from running into the roadway during the work. Examples include washing your car and watering your yard.
Be cautious. Please limit pedestrian activity near the work area.