The City of Yakima Streets Division will begin a chip sealing project on the morning of Monday, July 16th.  This year, the initial work area will be in the vicinity of 88th Avenue, Kail Drive, Hawthorn Drive, Poplar View Way, and North Scenic Drive.

Crews will chip seal from around 6:30 am to about 3:30 pm Monday through Thursday and expect to take about two weeks to complete their work.  Drivers are encouraged to avoid work zones if possible.  In order to reduce dust and to keep work crews safe, 20-mile-per-hour speed limits will be strictly enforced on the streets where chip sealing is underway.  No roads will be blocked during the project.  Construction signs and flaggers will direct traffic around the work areas.  Access to homes and businesses on the roads to be chip sealed may be restricted for short durations while the work is being done.

Asphalt roads deteriorate over time due to traffic and exposure to sun and wet weather.  As a part of the City’s ongoing street maintenance program, chip sealing is done on a periodic basis in order to protect road surfaces from water and weather damage and to keep them in good condition.