Contact: Columbia Public Works
Columbia Public Works will continue our annual street maintenance projects of sealing roadways, commonly called "chip n' seal", through Wednesday, August 23 and perhaps beyond depending on weather.
Chip n' seal maintenance consists of thoroughly cleaning the road surface, applying a layer of liquid asphalt to seal cracks, applying a layer of rock and rolling it into the liquid asphalt, and then brooming off the excess rock.
Sealing road surfaces with this method can greatly extend the life of roadways and is very cost effective. The cost of chip n' seal is one-seventh the cost of milling and overlaying a roadbed. The total cost to complete 30.78 lane miles of roads is $234,000. The work will be performed by City of Columbia Street Division crews. The funding source is the transportation sales tax and gasoline tax.
While crews perform the work, motorist should expect lane restrictions and delays. Once the sealing is complete, motorist and cyclist may experience loose gravel in the gutters and a few other areas. Crews will return as needed to sweep and remove the excess rock.
All work is weather dependent and the schedule may be adjusted accordingly.
Work scheduled for the week of August 19 through August 21:
August 19 & 20
Blue Ridge from Lance Dr to Deer Run
Blue Ridge from Oakland Rd to Brown Station Rd
Leeway from Brown Station Rd to Woodland
August 20 & 21
Rogers St from Rangeline St to 8th St
Ammonnette from Charles St to the east end
Paquin Av from College Av to Hitt St
Ann St from Broadway to University Av
Robert Ray Ct from Robert Ray Dr to the east end