Stephenville’s Public Works Department will start the chip sealing phase of the 2016 Street Maintenance Program on Monday.

Nick Williams, director of the city’s Public Works Department explains, “The city will be starting the chip seal phase of the 2016 pavement restoration projects on Monday. Details are on the Public Works project page on the city website."

He continued, “This year the city has performed several pavement preservation projects including repaving on Pearl and Virginia streets. Sections of Fifth Avenue and First Avenue are scheduled to be repaved in the coming weeks.

“A micro-surfacing project and a crack sealing project have been completed as well as a project repairing curb and gutter sections on Inglewood. A project to resurface Inglewood from the NW loop to Bluebonnet is scheduled to open bids next week,” Williams said.

So what exactly is involved in the chip sealing process? 

• Chip seals are the most common surface treatment for low-volume roads.

• A chip seal is an application of asphalt followed by an aggregate (rock) cover.

• The asphalt is usually applied as a hot, emulsified asphalt.

• After the asphalt emulsion is applied to the pavement surface, aggregate is immediately applied over the asphalt before the hot asphalt emulsion cools.

• A pneumatic roller is used to reorient or seat the aggregate particles and tighten the rock matrix.

• After the asphalt cures, the excess aggregate is removed by brooming the surface.

Williams also explained, “The chip seal project was awarded to Brett Construction Company of Hico in the amount of $430,602 and the work is expected to begin on Monday and be complete within 60 days.

“The work will cover well over 100,000 square yards of pavement,” he said.

The Public Works Department has a web page dedicated to its projects including current sewer and street work listed at www.stephenvilletx.gov/departments/public-works.