Chip Seal Program
What is Chip Seal?
Chip seal is the application of a protective wearing surface to an existing pavement. Emulsified oil is applied to the road surface, with chip rock added on top and rolled into the oil.
An overview of the chip-seal process
Benefits of chip sealing roads
- To keep water from penetrating the road structure beneath a paved surface
- To fill and seal cracks and raveled surfaces of old pavement
- To seal the pavement surface, minimizing the effects of aging
- To provide a highly skid-resistant surface, particularly helpful when pavement is wet.
As with any road construction project, motorists must exercise caution. Reduced speeds ensure your safety and minimize the chance of damaging your vehicle.
From the time the chips are placed on the road to when the excess is swept away, the speed limit is 25 mph. At that speed, vehicles should not be damaged by flying rocks.
Traffic moving at higher speeds can create dust, limit visibility, and cause an inconvenience to local residents. Increased speeds can also cause gravel to break loose from a fresh chip seal creating the risk of flying rock. Rocks thrown from your tires may crack or break a windshield. Flying rocks might also injure pedestrians, bicycle riders, or motorcyclists.