MISSOULA – Missoula’s annual chip seal project began Monday and will continue through Aug. 8.
Missoula street crews annually seal the surface of about 100 blocks of its streets and this year, the work will cover about 120 blocks.
City officials note that the work seals the asphalt surface from weather erosion and extends the life of the pavement and delays reconstruction, reduces the number of potholes and saves money and disruption for Missoula’s residents.
The program began in 1987 and to date, city crews have sealed a majority of the eligible streets and is now returning to the streets sealed and protected early in the program
Motorists should expect slight traffic delays throughout the project.
Drivers and cyclists will see loose chip rock left on the streets for two to three weeks before street sweepers clean up the chips.
Street Division crews will place barricades on streets with on-street parking in advance of the chip seal operation.
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