Annual Seal Coat (oil and chip) and Traffic Line Painting
Each year the Township awards contracts to perform about $100,000 in seal coat and $20,000 for yellow and white traffic line paint to keep the roads safe and in good condition.
Roads are selected by the Public Works Director on a rotating or as-needed basis. Work for each contract usually takes place over a three-day period with seal coat in the summer and line painting during late summer or early fall.
Seal Coating: Also known as “oil and chip,” this maintenance activity is used as an economical way to extend the life of roads. This process is performed only during hot weather.
Signs are posted on roads to be treated 1 to 2 weeks in advance. The day for sealcoating, the roads are closed except to local traffic. First hot liquid asphalt is sprayed on the road, fine stones are spread on top of the asphalt and then the area is rolled. After the treatment is completed, the road is again opened to traffic.
Motorists should reduce their speed on these roads for a minimum of two days until the stone and the asphalt fully adhere.
The Public Works staff sweeps any loose stone that has not adhered 1 to 2 weeks after treatment, in housing developments areas only.
Avoid Line Paint on Your Car: Sometimes you will come across one of our line paint crews and, unfortunately, paint can make its way onto your vehicle. To avoid this happening, here are a few tips:
- Stay back 500 feet from the line-painting equipment
- Don’t drive on the wet paint lines
- Don’t pass the trucks
- BE PATIENT! The paint truck will pull over periodically to let traffic pass
The Public Works Department staff will perform the following projects in 2020:
- Park Road from the Honey Brook Borough boundary to Cambridge Road. The project includes widening the road by two (2) feet and then full width paving.
- Morgantown Road from Talbotville Road then south about 1,800 feet. The project includes full width paving.
- Reservoir Road beginning near Skyview Drive and the heading toward Route 10. The project includes the installation of catch basins and stormwater pipe.
The dates for all of these projects have not been determined. More information will be posted as it becomes available.