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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-25-2019, 07:52 PM Thread Starter
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Seattle area Chipsealed roads

I noticed that newly chipsealed roads (from last summer) are already shedding the pebbles it's supposed to hold. Perhaps due to the cold temps over the past few months? The lack of color difference between the substrate and the grape-nuts like aggregate makes it hard to identify the loose stuff, and I find myself having to countersteer (sliding) more through some corners and realizing that DTC is a nice feature.

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Ah...chip-sealing, the scourge of the northwest. It does take a while for the looser aggregate to be shed from the pavement, but once it does you should be OK. Usually the paving company will come by about a week after the job and do a sweeper run to clean it up. Never saw this sort of road maintenance in CA when I lived there, but the roads there are bad no matter what...
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Kitsap county has not been able to do it right for years. They keep trying to reinvent the wheel and it never works. All of it starts falling apart in weeks. LOTS of windshields replaced at contractor expense. Some roads done twice and still a disaster. Continuous articles in local newspaper with complaints. Do I sound like my taxes are being spent wisely?
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Yeah I really hate when they put this crap on roads. Its very dangerous for motorcycles and they never come back to sweep! Ive had some of my nice roads ruined because they went and put this crap down.
Not good for the car or bikes paint either.
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Here in Australia we have that chip seal crap. Half the time they do it to roads that don't even need it. Then its ruined for like 12 months till it all finally clears up. I'm never confident pushing if there is the slightest notion of rocks. Sometimes we are lucky and they hot mix it. Then its like a racetrack. Smooth as silk. I have ridden some fresh hot mix roads. It's so good.
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I wonder if that's the same stuff they used in virginia out in the sticks. we called is crush and run.
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So the stuff in my neck of the woods is like pebbles sprinkled and covered with a curtain of tar. So the aggregate is black and sticky when fresh. Fast forward one winter with below normal temperatures and multiple passes by snowploughs. Fast forward again to early spring and you get loose black pebbles on black roads. Really tricky at times, but it sure teaches one to "expect it" and be looser on the grips. Every now and then, I'll skate my boot across the road to test the surface well before tipping in. I also found a handful of the stuff rattling around inside the intake duct of my car, too.

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So the stuff in my neck of the woods is like pebbles sprinkled and covered with a curtain of tar. So the aggregate is black and sticky when fresh. Fast forward one winter with below normal temperatures and multiple passes by snowploughs. Fast forward again to early spring and you get loose black pebbles on black roads. Really tricky at times, but it sure teaches one to "expect it" and be looser on the grips. Every now and then, I'll skate my boot across the road to test the surface well before tipping in. I also found a handful of the stuff rattling around inside the intake duct of my car, too.
geez I hate that sh1t. cheapest fvcking way to pave a road.
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