The Deal On Chip Seal

By: Chiara Lotierzo Email
By: Chiara Lotierzo Email

It's a bit annoying, it spins back up into your wheel wells, and is causing delays in one of the busiest parts of town…but turns out chip sealing saves us taxpayers a lot of money.

City Streets officials say overlaying an existing road costs ten times as much as it does to chip seal.

Chip seal is a thin coat of oil with a thin coat of rock that works as a preventative maintenance treatment for pavement.

Darren Starr with the City of Grand Junction says although it seems like chip seal crews are everywhere these days, they're really only in one spot.

He says the city is divided into ten areas.

This summer, crews are working in the heavily trafficked area nine, which includes Patterson Road out by Mesa Mall, 24 Road, and 25 Road.

Starr says the chip sealing process helps keep the roads from wearing down, and costing more in the long run.

City crew members on site say the only way to keep the chips from flying up onto your car is drive slow, preferably around 15-miles per hour, and avoid driving over fresh oil.

Crews will be done with this year’s chip sealing in a few short weeks.
Next summer, it’s on to area ten, on the Redlands.

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