The city of Monroe hopes to speed up road repairs through a new method. The process, known as “chip sealing”, is currently used by the North Carolina Department of Transportation. First liquid asphalt is applied to the street surface, followed by a computer operated chip spreader which adds lightweight chipped rock onto the liquid asphalt. The rock is embedded by rollers.
It’s estimated chip sealing cuts the cost of paving by more than half.
“With the exception of streets with curb and gutter and those subject to heavy truck traffic, we will use this process on streets with low traffic volumes as a pavement preservation tool,” Engineering Director Jim Loyd said. “Prior to the chip seal, street division staff will prepare the road by performing all necessary minor repairs.”
So far Oakland Drive and the Helms Park neighborhood streets are the two roads selected for repair this year. Residents on those streets will be notified via a letter before the work begins, as only one lane will remain open during the repairs.