Chip sealing is one of the most cost effective ways to extend the service life of a road by seven to ten years. Treating a road with chip seal is like painting or reroofing a home before serious deterioration has occurred. Chip sealing will effectively “waterproof” the road and prevent or minimize the deleterious effects caused by rain and sun.
A regulatory speed limit of 20 miles per hour will be in effect during the week following the chip seal placement.
Adherence to this temporary speed limit will minimize the likelihood of loose chips causing damage to a vehicle’s body or windshield. Faster speeds and turning movements may also compromise the resulting quality and life expectancy of the new roadway surface.
Snohomish County sheriff’s deputies may patrol the chip seal projects to enforce the 20 mile per hour regulatory speed limit. Remember, fines double in work zones. Slow down, and “give ‘em a break."