Crews will apply a sealcoat to the surface of US-95 north of Coeur d’Alene beginning Thursday (June 25). Work is expected to slow traffic as a nine-mile segment between Chilco and the county line is treated.
Traffic will be slowed to 35 mph and restricted to one lane on Thursday, Friday and Monday. Before quitting each day, crews will sweep up loose chips and open all lanes. The speed will still be reduced outside of working hours to prevent windshield damage.
This is part of a larger project to sealcoat 16 miles between Dakota Avenue in Hayden and the county line. The southern portion from Chilco to Dakota Avenue is scheduled to start after the Fourth of July holiday.
Sealcoating, also called chip sealing, protects the surface of the road and extends the lifespan of the pavement. A sticky slurry is sprayed on the road, rock chips are applied on top of the slurry and traffic compresses the chips into place for a long-lasting seal.
Reduced speeds are required on fresh chip seals to prevent loose rocks from flying up, causing potential damage to windshields and vehicles.