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Posted on: June 24, 2023

[ARCHIVED] 2023 Road Surface Treatment Project Set to Begin June 26

MoveMo 2023 Surface Treatment Chip Seal Schedule and Map

Montrose, CO — The City of Montrose is excited to announce the start of the 2023 surface treatment project. Beginning Monday, June 26, contractors working for the City of Montrose will begin chip sealing and slurry sealing roadways across the city. The project will last approximately three weeks pending any delays. Chip seals will begin first, followed at a later date by slurry seals. Please see the accompanying map for a detailed chip seal schedule. Additional scheduling information for the slurry seal work will be provided when finalized. 

Chip seal is a type of surface treatment that consists of a single application of liquid asphalt that is then covered by aggregate. Traffic can return to the roadway after the cover aggregate has been rolled into the liquid asphalt, typically within a few minutes. Chip seals are used in conjunction with slurry seals on higher-traffic roads, or those that show higher levels of wear than what is suitable for a slurry seal. These roads will also appear on the slurry seal schedule to be released once finalized. 

MoveMo 2023 Surface Treatment Chip Seal Schedule and Map

Slurry seal is a type of surface treatment in which small aggregate is suspended in an oil/water emulsion. As the emulsion cures, it creates a smooth black seal on top of the asphalt pavement. Slurry seals are best used on roads still in good condition, prior to any major failures.

The seal helps prevent the roadway from deteriorating, thus extending the life of the asphalt and preventing more costly repairs. The curing period typically takes 4 to 5 hours. Vehicles are not permitted to drive on the freshly placed slurry. Residential roads will be closed during this period to all traffic while minor arterials, such as Oak Grove, 6700 Rd, Venture Way, and Alpine Drive, will remain open to one-lane traffic and controlled through the use of flaggers or pilot cars through the curing period. 

Contractors will begin work each day at 7 a.m. If a road is scheduled to be slurry sealed and has "No Parking" signs along the road, please be prepared for the road to be closed until the slurry has cured.

Residents who need to leave their homes after 7 a.m., should prepare for the closure and relocate their vehicles to a street that does not have "No Parking" signs prior to the start of the slurry seal process. 

Trash and recycling collection schedules will remain unchanged throughout the project. If trash or recycling collections are scheduled on the same day as the surface treatment project, these areas will be collected first for the day, making it essential for residents to ensure that their containers are placed for collection no later than 6 a.m.

Any questions regarding the project may be directed to Civil Engineer Ryan Cushenan at 970.240.1485 or Visit for routine project updates and information on other large capital projects taking place throughout the city.

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