Each year, Pierce County identifies roads in neighborhoods that need to be resurfaced. By resurfacing the roadway, we can extend its life seven to 10 years and reduce maintenance costs.
The 2020 locations will be announced in the spring.
About the work
The contractor resurfaces the roads. The work done in the contract may consist of the following treatments:
Microsurfacing or slurry seal: A thin layer of liquid asphalt and rock is placed on the road. This work seals and protects the roadway.
The road will be closed during the application and for three to seven hours after the application, depending on temperature and humidity. We expect to have the road back open by 5 p.m. each day. On-road parking will be prohibited during the application and the day after the application. Signs and cones will be used to indicate which roads are closed.
Cape seal: Some roads will receive a cape seal, which is a chipseal followed by a microsurfacing treatment. Not all roads in your neighborhood will be cape sealed. Some roads that are in better condition may only receive the microsurfacing or slurry seal treatment.
During chipsealing, a coat of liquid asphalt and a layer of rock chips are applied to the road. The roadway is then swept clean of loose rock chips. The road will remain open. On-road parking will be prohibited during the application and the day after the application. You can drive on the roadway immediately after the application. Microsurfacing will occur approximately one or two weeks after the chipseal is complete.
Preparation work: Prior to this work, you may see Pierce County crews preparing the road. This could include street sweeping or making minor repairs. This step is important, as it ensures the treatment sets up correctly and lasts as expected.
How you can help
Plan ahead. During microsurfacing or slurry sealing, the road will be closed during the application and for three to seven hours after the application.
On-road parking will be prohibited during applications and the day after applications to allow for street sweeping. Watch for no parking signs ahead of the work. Please find alternative parking outside of the work area.
Remove personal items from the roadway, such as basketball hoops and garbage cans.
Keep water from running into the roadway if you are washing your car or watering your yard during the work.
Be cautious. Please limit pedestrian activity near the work area.
Request a schedule adjustment
We recognize this work may be an inconvenience. We want to work with you to minimize impacts to your schedule. Please call (253) 798-6000 to discuss how we might adjust the work schedule to accommodate any appointments or visitors.
Request a presentation
If you would like us to provide a presentation on this work at a homeowner association meeting or other community meeting, please call (253) 798-6000.