Chip seal process continues, closes roads in process

GENESEE COUNTY, Mich. (WJRT) - Chip sealing continues across Genesee County this week as The Genesee County Road Commission continues their construction projects.

While, most construction projects include tearing up sections of roads, this process actually adds layers.

You've probably heard the saying, but not everyone knows exactly what chip sealing is.
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It essentially is the equivalent to parking lots or driveways. They do a seal coat on it so it gives it some wear. It's made out of aggregate and very fine lime stone," says head of maintenance, Anthony Booth.

The process does more than just save time, it also saves money.

"What it does is it buys us 3 to 5 years until we figure out what we're going to do with the road," says Booth. "For a mile of a two lane road you're probably talking a little over 1 million dollars. For chip seal right around $30,000."

"That's why the Genesee County Road commission uses the process on dozens of roadways each year.

"Over the course of 5 years we've made it through every 2 lane asphalt primary road in Genesee County," says Booth.

With the life span of 3-5 years the gravel and asphalt mixture is giving new life the Genesee County Roads.

You can find a full list of the roads being worked on, on the Genesee County Road Commission's Facebook page.