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June 27, 2017

Countywide road chip seal program begins June 26

With the return of warm weather comes the return of Skagit County’s chip seal program. Starting this week, June 26, crews will begin work to chip seal roads across the county.

Drivers in the Sedro-Woolley area can expect to see the first chip seal crews on side roads near Hoehn and Burmaster roads through Friday, June 30. Maintenance crews will continue prep work near Anacortes, Clear Lake and south of Sedro-Woolley

Crews can only chip seal in one district at a time; work will move around all three road maintenance districts throughout the summer.

“Lane closures and reduced speed limits can be an inconvenience for folks who are commuting to work or other summer activities,” said public works director Dan Berentson. “Getting our chip sealing work completed this summer helps smooth out rough areas and preserve our roads so we can avoid expensive repairs or emergency closures.”

Chip sealing is a multi-step process: Since June, crews have worked around the county to remove sod and add gravel near the edge of the road, and repair any major areas of damage. The actual chip seal work the next step: Crews close one lane of the road, then spread a thin layer of asphalt oil over the entire road followed by a layer of fine rock chips. Crews roll the rock into the asphalt so everything sticks together, then sweep off the loose debris. It takes several days for the new road surface to cure, which is why the speed limit is temporarily lowered to 25 mph.

You can find a complete list of all of the roads to be chip sealed on the Skagit County public works website at http://www.skagitcounty.net/PublicWorksRoadMaintenance. Click on District 1, 2, or 3 for roads in your area. Weekly updates can also be found on the Skagit County Facebook page at www.facebook.com/SkagitCountyWA.

For questions or more details, please contact Road Maintenance at pw@co.skagit.wa.us or 360-416-1480.