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St. Joseph County Highway will be performing Chip Seal Operations on the following roads, with dates listed as earliest and latest possible dates for Chip Seal Operations. St. Joseph County performs Chip Seal operations to extend the useful life of asphalt and chip seal roads. Crews start by preparing the roads, trimming trees, pulling excess dirt away from the side of the roadway, crack sealing and patching potholes. Once those operations are completed the roadway is ready for Chip Seal. On the day of Chip Seal, crews post detour routes around the road where work is to be completed and close the road with Flaggers. Crews then spray liquid asphalt on the existing roadway to help seal the road from water penetrating the roadway, then spread flat stones called chips over the roadway, to provide adequate traction for vehicles, and roll the chips into the liquid asphalt with pneumatic tired rollers. Then open the roadway to traffic, under posted “Loose Stone” conditions. Traffic helps compact the stone the rest of the way while the liquid asphalt finishes setting. 24 to 48 hours later Crews sweep the excess stone off the roadway and prepare the roadway for striping and re-stripe the roadway if there was existing striping. Roads are closed to through traffic for 2 hours per mile while Chip Seal Operations are taking place.
Chip Seal Schedule (Earliest = Friday, 7/23 Latest = Friday, 7/31)
St. Joseph County Highway will be performing Roadway Striping and Markings on the following Roads starting on Monday, 7/13. Roadway striping and markings are a crucial safety element and need to be refreshed regularly to help maintain the reflectivity of the markings so that drivers can see them clearly in adverse weather and night-time driving conditions. The Roadway Striping Crew consists of a three vehicle train made up of the Roadway Striper which is equipped with flashing lights, a rear light bar and signs saying “Wet Paint Do Not Pass”, a pickup truck which trails the road striper by one minute which also has a flashing strobe light and a sign on the back stating “Wet Paint Do Not Pass”, this vehicle also places a cone on Centerline Striping. The Third vehicle is another pickup truck pulling a flashing arrow board with a sign attached saying “Wet Paint Do Not Pass”, this driver also places a cone on the white fog line striping and follows three minutes behind the first pickup. The Crew also places advanced warning signs stating “Paint Crew Ahead”. The Road Striper travels down the round around 7 mph, therefore it takes roughly 15 minutes to restripe one lane mile of roadway. Your patience around the road striping crew is appreciated.
Road striping and Markings Crew Schedule
Thank you for your patience and courtesy while driving around our Highway crews.