Highway sealcoat project to occur near Buhl

Weather permitting, sealcoat work is expected to begin Wednesday, May 29 on Idaho Highway 46 near Buhl (MP 85 – 91). This is the final stage of the US-30 to Ken Curtis Bridge paving project which occurred last year.

Sealcoating is a roadway surface treatment that takes place during the summer months and helps preserve and extend the lifetime of Idaho’s roadways. It also provides a skid-resistant surface for better vehicle traction. The process requires hot temperatures and dry weather for chips to properly adhere to oil that is deposited on the highway.

When the sealcoat is applied, the roadway will be reduced to one lane. Motorists should anticipate short delays and watch for the presence of flaggers or pilot cars.

Chips placed during the sealcoating process have potential to cause windshield damage so drivers are cautioned to slow down and pay attention to reduced speeds and no passing zones throughout the work area. Work is anticipated to be complete within two days.