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Old 09-25-2013, 09:14 AM   #1
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New road surface in the neighborhood--anybody have any experience?

I'm told that something called Slurry Seal will be applied to most of the roads in my neighborhood, starting tomorrow. Is this the urban version of Chip Seal?
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Old 09-25-2013, 09:46 AM   #2
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I'm told that something called Slurry Seal will be applied to most of the roads in my neighborhood, starting tomorrow. Is this the urban version of Chip Seal?
Just feel it out. I'd not be worried about it. Then feel it out again the first time it rains.

Besides how fast are you going in your hood
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Old 09-25-2013, 09:49 AM   #3
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http://www.pavementinteractive.org/a.../Slurry-Seals/
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Old 09-25-2013, 10:05 AM   #4
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ouch

pics in the link above look like 20 grit sandpaper. don't fall!
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Old 09-25-2013, 10:54 AM   #5
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The slurry seal is a mixture of an emulsified asphalt, portland cement, and a fine aggregate, usually 1/4" or less.

The machine will spread the slurry out in a layer 1/4" - 3/8" thick. Once it sets up (2 - 6 hours) it will look like fresh pavement to you. It will have a far smoother surface than a chip seal.

I prefer slurry seals over chip seals in residential areas.
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Old 09-25-2013, 02:55 PM   #6
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I'm told that something called Slurry Seal will be applied to most of the roads in my neighborhood, starting tomorrow. Is this the urban version of Chip Seal?
Chip & Slurry Seal, brother & sister....
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Old 09-25-2013, 03:01 PM   #7
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The slurry seal is a mixture of an emulsified asphalt, portland cement, and a fine aggregate, usually 1/4" or less.

The machine will spread the slurry out in a layer 1/4" - 3/8" thick. Once it sets up (2 - 6 hours) it will look like fresh pavement to you. It will have a far smoother surface than a chip seal.

I prefer slurry seals over chip seals in residential areas.
1/4" to 3/8" really... Wow that would never hold up to frost heaves
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1/4" to 3/8" really... Wow that would never hold up to frost heaves
Nothing you lay over the top holds down a frost heave. It's not like they are placing some kind of hard shell the holds down heaves.

Laying something over the top to seal the surface to prevent water from getting into the road in the first place can help prevent frost heaves from forming, if the base/sub base are well drained..
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Yeah, frost heaves not a problem here.

It looks like they're using the microsurfacing process. It is just neighborhood streets, but that includes a hard right turn in the middle of a 15% down grade for nearly every ride I do. Treading carefully for a while, then.

Tomorrow we've got to move the cages and bike out beyond the work area before they start, or we'll be pedestrians only for the day.

They've been doing some different processes around here lately--many of the concrete decked bridges got resurfaced with a resin that holds a coarse sand aggregate. I was leery at first, but it seems to be holding up fine. And yes, Shooplick, it looks a lot like 12 grit sandpaper! It smelled like a fiberglass shop while they were doing it.
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Nothing you lay over the top holds down a frost heave. It's not like they are placing some kind of hard shell the holds down heaves.

Laying something over the top to seal the surface to prevent water from getting into the road in the first place can help prevent frost heaves from forming, if the base/sub base are well drained..
I fricken love this place . I learn something everyday. Since we are both from Mass I'm sure you can understand why frost heave came to mind
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So the very day they hit us with microsurfacing, this hits the big city paper 300 miles away:

http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/articl...rs-4843702.php

Even in the print edition, one can tell it was not repaving but microsurfacing.

I did ride the bike on it today--I'm going to use the alternate way out of the neighborhood until this stuff beds in.
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Old 09-28-2013, 04:27 PM   #12
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Slurry seal

The county did our residential streets with slurry seal this August. It's basically the tar in tar snakes mixed with gravel. It's a "budget" fix. It's a freeking mess for a week as they don't roll it. The cars push the gravel to center and edges like on a gravel road. Cornering might be slippery because of the loose gravel.
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Old 09-28-2013, 06:38 PM   #13
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Chip & Slurry Seal, brother & sister....
Here, "slurry seal" only has silica sand. No gravel. It's used primarily as a sealer for parking lots and residential streets. It's also referred to as "seal coating".

"Chip & Seal" has 1/4" granite gravel. It's used to add a wear course to State highways.
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Old 09-29-2013, 06:06 PM   #14
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Chip & Slurry Seal, brother & sister....
Yes, and they are dishonest. They are gravel, pretending to be pavement.
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