Chip and seal project expected to begin Monday in Bell Co.

Published 4:47 am Friday, September 21, 2018

MANCHESTER — The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) District 11 office advises motorists that a chip and seal project on KY 221 at milepoints 0.000 to 7.183 is expected to begin Oct. 3, and conclude on Oct.30.

Work times are 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

To increase the life of the pavement on this specific road, a chip seal treatment is being applied. Motorists might notice some loose gravel on the roadway and increased driving noise following the treatment. A video showing/explaining chip sealing can be viewed at

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The chip and seal will remain in place for five to 10 days then a thin lift of asphalt pavement will be placed over the chip and seal. Once the asphalt has been placed, the riding surface will be the same as a conventional asphalt resurface.

Preventive maintenance is a proactive approach to maintaining Kentucky roads by using treatments beyond traditional asphalt. These treatments can last up to 60 percent as long as traditional asphalt resurfacing, but for 30 percent of the cost. This allows more roads to remain in good or fair condition as opposed to letting roads go into poor conditions that require a more costly repair. Preventive maintenance slows pavement deterioration, corrects minor surface distress and increases safety.

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is investing nearly $25 million into pavement preservation projects this year across the state. This is the largest investment since 2007.

KYTC asks motorists to be aware of the work zone, expect delays and to utilize safe driving habits when traveling through the area.

The date, time and duration of work may be adjusted if inclement weather or other unforeseen delays occur.

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