Tumwater Traffic: Chip Seal Pavement Improvement in Tumwater Begins July 22: Expect Significant Traffic Delays

Drivers are advised to take alternate routes when possible.


Submitted by City of Tumwater

Chip seal work is generally unpleasant for the traveling public – it is loud, messy, obtrusive, and generates excess rock. Loose gravel will be swept up approximately one week after the chip seal application. Once the excess rock is swept, a layer of asphalt oil, or fog seal, will be applied on the new road surface. After the cure time, crews will stripe the roads and replace pavement markings.
Restricted Access
Traffic and access to homes and businesses will be restricted during construction hours, generally 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Some work may occur on Sundays. Street pavement maintenance projects are subject to change due to weather conditions, contractor equipment availability, emergencies, or other unforeseen interruptions.
Expect Delays-Traffic Reduced to Single Lane
Roads will remain open during all phases of the project. Traffic will be reduced to a single alternating lane of one-way traffic. Roads will be open to all traffic at the end of each workday.
Reduced Speed Limit
Reduced speed limit signs will be posted during and after the chip seal work. Please drive slowly and smoothly on the new surface for two weeks after the work is completed to allow the seal to fully cure.
Street Parking Prohibited
All street parking will be prohibited where chip seal project work is occurring. Residents are asked to remove all vehicles, landscape materials, basketball hoops, and garbage or yard waste cans, from the street between the hours of 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on the day work is scheduled.
Visit the City website to view a detailed map and the status of scheduled work. We appreciate your cooperation in helping us to make this project a success in order to preserve and protect the streets in your neighborhood and around town.


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