Slurry Seal Project

The City of Anacortes has hired InterMountain Slurry Seal to perform maintenance on several streets in the west end neighborhoods this summer. The work is scheduled to begin the week of August 20 with a handful of streets to be done each business day from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

What this means for residents

Residents and other drivers will NOT have access to and cannot park cars on their street prior to or when the work is being done as well as for a time after the slurry seal application – up to 8 hours.

Though the city does not yet have an exact schedule of what day particular streets will be done, to the right is a map with streets that are part of the 2018 Slurry Seal project marked in bold.

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Letters have been sent to residents and homeowners on the streets that will be affected by this project. Residents will be reminded of the project through additional notifications and sandwich boards as the project gets closer. The schedule of specific street closures will be included in that information as soon as it is available from the contractor.

Updated details of the project can also be found here and on the Public Works Facebook page at Changes to the schedule due to weather conditions will be posted on these sites as soon as possible.

Slurry seal is a specialized material that cannot be applied during any wet conditions. If a rainy day does occur, the streets scheduled for that day will move to the end of the project time period. This way all other areas will stay on schedule.

Learn more

The City Public Works Department will host an open house from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday, July 23, in the City Hall Council Chambers, 904 Sixth St. City engineering staff will be on hand to explain the project and answer questions. We will have a tentative calendar for specific street closures available at that time.

Staff can also be reached during normal business hours any time before and during the project by calling 360-299-1989.

About Slurry Seal

Slurry Seal is a form of street maintenance that is available to the city for a much lower cost than rehabilitating or rebuilding the road.

City staff compares it to painting a home, which prevents damage to the materials from the effects of weather and time.

Slurry seal is an asphalt emulsion mixed with fine sand and gravel spread out on the roadway. 8 hours later (maximum wait time, may be less), it is ready to drive on.

After the sealing, there is typically some residual gravel drivers may hear in their wheel wells. The city will sweep as much as possible to minimize this, including 2 times after the application and again 1 week and 2 weeks later – 4 sweeps in all.

An example of slurry seal done during last summer’s project is on Marine Heights Way. The sealed street is darker in color where it meets the pavement that was not sealed.

Pass the word

Please help us keep everyone informed by passing the word about this project to your homeowner association, delivery drivers, contractors expected to be doing work in the area in August, and anyone else the road closures may affect.

Anacortes’ Public Works Engineering acknowledges the inconvenience of this project and asks neighborhood residents and anyone providing services to these areas for their cooperation to minimize the time needed for the work.

Thank you,

Gunnar Christiansen

Public Works Project Manager