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August 7, 2013

Several Wichita road projects will test maintenance techniques

The city’s public works department has gone back to the past in search of a good, cost-effective way of maintaining city streets.

The city’s public works department has gone back to the past in search of a good, cost-effective way of maintaining city streets.

The department began one of several experimental cape seal projects Friday on North Tyler Road from Central to 13th Street. The project includes the initial application of a chip seal, followed several days by the frequently-used micro-surfacing procedure that produces a cape seal.

Department officials said the chip seal, once a staple of road repair, hasn’t been used in Wichita for years. Testing it again as part of a cape seal treatment is designed to provide information on durability and cost. Drivers will notice unusual road conditions during the work, but as soon as a micro-surfacing topcoat is applied, a smooth finish will be restored to the project areas.

Other projects include:

• 37th Street North, from Arkansas to west of Armstrong
• Broadway, from 33rd Street North to north of I-235
• Broadway, from 47th Street South to MacArthur
• Southwest Drive, near South Leonine
• Northbound lanes of K-15, from Wassall to Pawnee

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