Good Question: 'Why Is The City Spraying Oil On The Roads?'

By: Jeff Herndon Email
By: Jeff Herndon Email

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Thursday, August 1, 2013

Several of you have noticed signs strewn around Wichita that say "slow, fresh oil." Why is the city spraying oil on the roads?

I spoke to Alan King, director of Public Works and Utilities for the city of Wichita. He told me it's not really oil. It's a seal coat that not only protects the road, it extends the life and adds to the integrity of the road.

It's part if the city's research into new ways to maintain its streets. In 2015, Public Works will introduce a new pavement management strategy. For now, they are testing different types of seal coats.

King also said that next year, Public Works will test new methods of repairing the thermal cracks in neighborhood streets. The results of those tests will be part of this new pavement management strategy forthcoming in 2015.

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