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 one to two working days. In approximately one week the road will again have the texture of a paved road.
What roads are being chip sealed this year?
See the list and map here.
For additional information contact:
Marion County Public Works
Road Maintenance Division
5155 Silverton Rd NE
Salem, OR 97305