Public Works Director Paul Hartwig
The City of College Place funds an annual Chip Seal program with REET 1 dollars to preserve the condition of city streets. “It’s not uncommon for residents to ask us why we’re chip sealing their ‘perfectly good road’ because there is ‘nothing wrong with it,’” said Public Works Director Paul Hartwig. “But that’s the point – to treat the roads early so we can keep them in good condition.” The City contracts with Walla Walla County Public Works Department to perform the work.
Chip sealing is a process where liquid asphalt is applied to seal the road. Then, a layer of chipped rock coated with asphalt is applied to protect the seal and help improve driver traction. Once it is applied, the chip seal protects the road from becoming brittle and losing its ability to bend and flex.
By chip sealing, the county is able to extend the life of our roads in the most affordable way. Chip sealing costs about $25,000 per mile of treated road compared to a traditional 3” overlay of new asphalt that runs more than $200,000 for that same mile.
When chip seal is applied at the right time in the life cycle of pavement, it can double the lifespan of the original asphalt and extend the time between pavement overlay treatments from 15 to 30 years.
Anticipated Chipseal List
- SW Bade Street (4th to 13th Street)
- SW 11th Street
- SW 10th Street
- SW Puff Lane
- Harvest Meadows Subdivision
- Knapp Addition
- SE Bliss Lane
- SW 6th Street
- Cedar Bend Subdivision
- SW 7th Street
- SW 8th Street (College to Bade), (Davis to Evans)
- SW 9th Street
- SW Evans (6th to 8th)
- Autumn Meadows Subdivision
- Country Estates Subdivision
- Sherburne Addition
- SW 10th Street (Birch to Date)
- Highland Park Subdivision
- NE C Street (Larch to Myra)
- Larch Street (C Street to State Route 125)