Money-saving chip-and-seal technique to pave roads is messy but is helping county meet maintenance needs


Stretching the dollars: As the cost of paving with traditional asphalt as gone up, using the chip-and-seal method has allowed the county highway department to treat more miles of roads than it otherwise would have been able to do. (Tom Russo/Daily Reporter)

Rock it, man: Mario Cavaletto of the Hancock County Highway Department gets ready to chip and seal a road in northwestern Hancock County. (Tom Russo/Daily Reporter)

GREENFIELD — After two bottles of tar remover and hours of elbow grease, Maxwell-area resident Larry Shaw was not exactly happy with the black, sticky substance that clung to his vehicle.

But he was pleased a week later. The limestone chips that went on top of his gravel road made for smoother, less-dusty driving on CR 550N just east of Ind. 9.

Shaw’s road was among the eight miles of gravel surfaces that got a makeover this summer with a paving technique called “double chip and seal.” While residents might not like the process, many are satisfied with the result.

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