Wright County News

Posted on: May 5, 2017

2017 Seal Coating Program Nears Completion

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Seal coating began on Monday May 8, 2017 on approximately 44 miles of Wright County Highways and four County parks.  Locations of seal coating routes are shown on the attached map.

The project is nearly complete, with some minor work and pavement markings remaining, as of June 2, 2017.  Pearson Bros Inc. in Hanover, MN is the contractor on this year’s seal coat program. 

The highways will remain open while the work is done.  Flaggers will be present to help guide traffic; which should expect minor delays.  This project will use a pilot car to lead traffic through the work area. Please take time to review the short pilot car guide we’ve included and can also be found at http://www.dot.state.mn.us/d3/graphics2/pilotcar.pdf

Seal coating is a preventive maintenance activity that extends the life of the pavement that would otherwise need to have a more expensive repair sooner.  It involves spraying asphalt cement on the surface of an existing pavement followed by the application of a cover aggregate (pea rock or granite) and also includes a thin fog coating of asphalt. The primary reason to seal coat asphalt pavement is to protect the pavement from the deteriorating effects of sun and water. When pavement is exposed to sun, wind and water, the asphalt hardens, or oxidizes. This causes the pavement to become more brittle.  As a result, the pavement will crack because it is unable to bend and flex when exposed to traffic and temperature changes. A seal coat combats this situation by providing a waterproof membrane which not only slows down the oxidation process but also helps the pavement to shed water. 

 

We thank you in advance for your patience if you experience any delays or inconvenience due to this important pavement preservation project.

Any questions regarding the project should be directed to Chad Hausmann, Assistant County Engineer, at 763-682-7387 or email at chad.hausmann@co.wright.mn.us

You can subscribe to get email notification of project updates by going to:  www.co.wright.mn.us  click on “Notify Me” and enter your email address and click on the envelope symbol under “News Flash” for Highway Department.

2017 Sealcoat Map
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