Nearly four dozen Eugene-area residential streets and paved park areas will receive a life-extending treatment called slurry sealing the week of August 5.
Filling cracks and sealing streets with a protective coating of asphalt emulsion mixed with sand prolongs pavement life by keeping water out of the road base. Slurry sealing also protects pavement from oxidation, which leads to brittleness and cracking. It restores a uniform driving surface and surface friction, which improves drivability and skid resistance. Typically this type of treatment is used only on local streets that don’t carry much traffic.
Streets being slurry sealed are closed to all traffic for up to eight hours.
Many of the streets scheduled to receive slurry seals this year are located in the Elmira Road area. Lane County, with funding from the City of Eugene, is slurry sealing a number of streets in the Santa Clara area.
Roads and parking areas in Alton Baker Park, Hendricks Park, and Skinner Butte Park also are scheduled to receive slurry seals or fog seals Aug. 8-9.
Asphalt Maintenance of Eugene submitted the low bid of $192,000 to do this year’s slurry sealing project. The job calls for more than 16,500 pounds of crack sealing material and nearly 70,000 square yards of slurry sealing. Funding for the annual program comes from the City’s capital road fund.