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You may have already noticed, but Cox Paving is back in town and in full force on the Street Project. The rain and flooding from last fall caused delays that pushed the project into an unfavorable time of the year for paving. Cox Paving and their subcontractors have been repairing the base coat and potholes on many of the streets on the North side of town prior to application of rubberized chip seal, or the top coat. In addition, they have been working on preparing streets on the South side of town. Cox Paving plans to complete the street paving project around the first week of July, if no other unforeseen setbacks occur.
Cox Paving plans to continue to do the prep work in order to get the streets on the South side of town ready for the top coat. They plan to start applying the rubberized chip seal (top coat) to the Northwest side of town first, and then move to the Northeast side. By that time the majority of the South side will be ready, and they will start applying the top coat to the Southwest side of town and move over to the Southeast side. There may be times where some isolated streets are paved with the top coat in different areas for construction sequencing purposes.
The contractor asks that you be mindful of the areas that have been prepped with the base coat, as these areas are sensitive to peeling out which destroys the newly applied material. Please do not direct grass clippings towards the streets prepped with the base coat. Grass, dirt, and other debris will cause the rubberized chip seal not to adhere properly, and takes additional effort to reclean the streets that are ready to be paved. If you notice the contractors working in your area of town, please remove vehicles, trailers, or other items stored on the streets until the rubberized chip seal has been completed.
Please use caution on the days that the contractor is laying the top coat of hot rubber asphalt and aggregate. There may be a short period of time between application of the hot rubber asphalt and the aggregate where the hot rubber asphalt can be extremely sticky and dangerous to people, pets, or vehicles. The contractor will have staff flagging traffic away from the streets, and staff working in the area to warn people of the issues, but please use caution.
Not all streets within the city are going to be repaired the exact same. Some streets will not require the base coat as applied on the streets that needed full repair that were in worse condition. Some streets that are in decent condition will only get a layer of the rubberized chip seal. This is to preserve the condition of the existing street.