2019 Chip Seal Project

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Spring 2019 – Fall 2019

Tumwater’s Pavement Maintenance Program will focus on preservation this year with extensive chip seal work on mostly collector and arterial type roadways. The 2019 Chip Seal Project will be the largest pavement maintenance project by surface area in Tumwater’s history with chip seal on approximately 18 lane miles of City streets. Another 10 lane miles of rural City road will be prepared for chip seal and incorporated into Thurston County’s chip seal program. This is the City's second chip seal project and the combined City-County projects will chip seal over 13% of streets.

Project Description

Chip seal is a cost-effective method to preserve pavement that is in good condition, compared to asphalt. Asphalt is typically used on streets that are in fair to poor condition. The treatment selection is part of the City’s Pavement Management Program, which assesses and prioritizes treatment of City streets. This system is designed with a more cost-effective approach, recognizing it is better to treat streets with lower-cost, preventative treatments than to wait until the street condition deteriorates to the point that major rehabilitation or reconstruction is required.

Streets Scheduled for Chip Seal

3rd Avenue

Barnes Boulevard

Linderson Way

49th Avenue *

Black Lake Belmore Road *

Middle Street

54th Avenue *

Black Lake Boulevard *

Old Hwy 99

66th Avenue *

Center Street

RW Johnson Boulevard *

7th Avenue

Cleveland Avenue

Sapp Road *

88th Avenue

Dennis Street

Tilley Rd

93rd Avenue

Hoadly Street

Tumwater Boulevard



Tyee Drive

  * Thurston County Chip Seal Project

2019 Chip Seal Project Map PDF file

Construction Schedule

Preparatory work will begin spring of 2019, and chip seal work will be from July to September. Chip seal work will typically take place Monday through Friday, between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Some work will likely occur on weekends.

Road Closures

The work does not require road closures, but will cause occasional traffic delays.

City staff considers how traffic will be affected and works with the contractor to help minimize congestion, disruption to drivers and impacts to adjacent residents and businesses. However, disruptions are unavoidable and this work will impact traffic and access to homes and businesses during construction.

Project Funding

This $1.25 million dollar project is funded by the voter-approved Transportation Benefit District.

Project Personnel

  • City of Tumwater Project Inspector: David Mills
  • City of Tumwater Project Manager: Brandon Hicks
  • Project Superintendent: Aaron Kindt of Doolittle Construction LLC
  • Design Firm: Tumwater Public Works

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Brandon Hicks, Transportation Manager, at 360-754-4140 or email bhicks@ci.tumwater.wa.us.

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