As with all paving projects, keeping residents and road users notified and informed of upcoming activities is generally helpful in minimizing confusion, motorist delays, and complaints. Because we don’t want vehicles traveling on the new chip seal until it has cured sufficiently, extra care should be taken to adequately inform the public and other stakeholders regarding this work.
Notification practices vary from agency to agency and from job to job, but some common forms of notification include one or more of the following:
Notification message content also varies, but usually includes the following information to address six basic questions:
A thoughtfully conceived and executed notification plan can greatly enhance public satisfaction with pavement preservation projects including chip seals.
The roadway should be prepared before construction begins. Here are some items that should be reviewed prior to application.
If patching occurs within 60 days before construction, a fog seal should be placed over the patching to seal it off. If not sealed, rock loss could occur in the area of the patch due to chip seal emulsion soaking into the patch and not being able to hold the aggregate.