Chip Seal Program Excellence in the United States

A survey of U.S. public highway and road agencies that use chip seals as a part of their roadway maintenance program was developed and conducted to identify best practices in chip seal design and construction. A total of 72 individual responses from 42 U.S. states and 12 U.S. cities and counties were received; of those, nine respondents reported that they were getting excellent results from their chip seal programs. Those responses were grouped together and analyzed by the case study method to identify trends that lead to consistently excellent chip seal results. The study found that the successful chip seal programs had much in common. They use chip seals as a preventive maintenance tool, applying them to roads before distress levels were classified as moderate. They require their contractors to use the latest technology, and they exploit advances in material science such as the use of modified binders. And most of them use chip seals on both high- and low-volume roads.


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  • Accession Number: 01022730
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0309094070
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: Apr 12 2006 2:36PM