Chip Seal Q & A
What is a Chip Seal?
Chip sealing is a process of spreading oil over a paved road and then covering the oil with a thin layer of small gravel.
What is the purpose of a Chip Seal?
Chip sealing is a cost-effective maintenance treatment that slows the aging process of paved roads. A chip seal extends pavement life and reduces the frequency paved roads are resurfaced.
What can you expect?
You can expect some minor inconveniences. For example: Minor amounts of dust, loose gravel, and one way traffic during the operation. We recommend traveling at a reduced speed until all the loose gravel has been removed from the roadway.
County maintenance crews will sweep excess gravel off the road in 1 to 2 working days. In approximately 1 week the road will again have the texture of a paved road.
For additional information contact:
Marion County Public Works
Road Maintenance Division
5155 Silverton Rd NE
Salem, OR 97305