Kingsbury streets are rough, ready |

Kingsbury streets are rough, ready

Driving down the streets of the Kingsbury General Improvement District, tiny pieces of gravel peg vehicles in one set of rhythmic pings after another. Sure, drivers are concerned about their paint jobs, but it’s for their own good.

The loose gravel on Kingsbury streets is part of a chip sealing resurfacing project designed to increase the life of the roads.

“It’s a very economical surface treatment,” said Debbie Burkett, KGID project manager. “An oil tanker goes by with a spray bar and sprays down the asphalt and then they lay a really thick layer of aggregate on top of the oil and then roll it into the oil.”

The sealing project is aimed at keeping water from penetrating the pavement and causing cracks.

“It keeps the water off the road and out of the cracks and water is the enemy when there’s pavement,” Burkett said. “The purpose is to try to slow the overall deterioration of the roads.”

According to KGID officials, some Kingsbury roads were resurfaced with chip seal 11 years ago and have just recently started to break down.

“The chip seal is a really quick process and it’s a viable alternative to the more expensive overlay,” Burkett said. “And we believe this will last quite a long time. We want to slow down the deterioration as much as we can so we can accrue funds for areas that need serious rehabilitation.”

KGID is working on the project in affiliation with Douglas County, and the contract for the job was awarded to Granite Construction.

“Work is being done on all district streets except North Benjamin and Andria Drive, because they have a major erosion project going on, but any road that did not receive any type of treatment last year is getting a chip seal,” said Burkett, adding that KGID will be cleaning up remaining loose gravel.

“The chips will be swept up. There’s a broom sweeper that pushes the chips to the side of the road and another sweeper that comes by and picks them up. But we do want traffic on it, because the more traffic, the more the chips will knead into the oil and the better the surface. You just have to drive slowly because that stuff will come up under your car.”

Once the gravel has settled into the oil layer, there will be less spray up and the new surface will aid in braking and provide traction.

“It gives it kind of a grippy surface,” Burkett said. “Chip seal is preferable because it gives it a good, rough surface. You don’t want to put anything on the roads that’s going to be slick.”

For more information, call the Kingsbury General Improvement District at (775) 588-3548.

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