Chip seal maintenance programs help preserve county roads
San Juan County’s Public Works Department's annual summer road resurfacing schedule includes to chip sealing nearly nine miles of roads on San Juan, Orcas, and Lopez Island.
File photo of chip sealing on San Juan Island. Sharon Kivisto photo
Chip sealing is a pavement treatment that extends the life of the road surface. Learn more by visiting the County Roads Program webpage at https://www.sanjuanco.com/309/County-Roads and see the schedule and map below for a complete list of projects.
Sections of roads to be resurfaced this summer:
The week of June 13 on San Juan Island: Jacksons Beach Rd, Shorett Dr, Forrest Dr, Eagle Cove Rd
The week of June 20 on Lopez Island: Village Rd, Fisherman Bay Rd, Center Rd
The week of June 27 on Orcas Island: McNallie Ln, Orcas Rd, Lovers Ln, Mt. Baker Rd
This schedule is dependent on weather, among other factors, and may be subject to change. San Juan County asks drivers to exercise caution when traveling through construction zones and to plan extra time for their commute in case of delays.
Remember, please drive slowly on freshly surfaced chip seal roads:
For their safety: you are driving through an active construction zone - obey flaggers and posted traffic signs.
For your safety: during the first week excessive speeds may kick up loose rock into oncoming traffic.
It’s your road: chip seal overlays perform best when vehicle speeds are reduced while the pavement cures.
Wear and tear are natural for surfaces incurring regular traffic, harsh weather, and use by multi-ton vehicles. San Juan County develops and maintains a multi-year plan to preserve roads in the most cost-effective way and uses best practices to help keep rides smooth and safe for drivers.