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Friday, August 09, 2013
Sunday chipsealing planned for Overland Road; crews ahead of schedule for season

As the chipseal season prepares to wrap up ahead of schedule in the next couple of weeks, Ada County Highway District (ACHD) crews will work Sunday (Aug. 11) to resurface Overland Road between Meridian Road and Ten Mile Road.

Work will begin at 6 a.m. and is anticipated to be complete in the early afternoon hours. Motorists should expect delays, particularly at intersections where traffic signals will be in flashing red mode and flaggers will direct traffic. Motorists are urged to drive slowly to reduce the chance of flying rock.

Once the chipseal is applied, it must cure for approximately one week before the road can be sealed with a fog coating and new lane striping applied.
ACHD crews are currently ahead of their chipseal schedule by approximately one month and anticipate completing the season, which covers 125 miles of road, in the next two weeks.

Next week, crews will continue chipseal work in the following areas:

  • Ten Mile Road between Interstate 84 and Longmont Road
  • Side and residential streets bound by Amity Road and Lake Hazel Road and Cloverdale and Five Mile
  • Maple Grove Road between Franklin Road and Emerald Street
Additionally, sweeper trucks and crews applying a fogseal, the final application in the chipseal process, will work throughout the county.

In residential areas, No Parking signs are placed along streets and chipseal notices are delivered door-to-door before work gets underway.

Chipseal Impacts
Once a chipseal is applied to the road, vehicles are immediately allowed to drive slowly over the new surface, however caution should be used. At signalized intersections, flaggers are often used to direct motorists. Traffic delays may be longer when crews are working in major intersections. Motorists should expect delays between five and 15 minutes long during certain steps in the chipseal process. Additional impacts include large equipment and crews working in the roadways, sometimes close to traffic.

About Chipsealing
Chipsealing helps combat the deterioration of roads caused by sun and weather and involves a multi-step process that helps seal the road surface, providing an armor coat for skid and weather resistance.

For chipseal zone maps, weekly location updates and more information, visit www.achdidaho.org.

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