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Sept. 27: More chipsealing on Orcas Island

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. September 20, 2022 – San Juan County Public Works will be doing additional road resurfacing work on Orcas Island. Two locations are set to be chip sealed on Tuesday, September 27. Drivers can expect delays up to 30 minutes while paving operations are in progress.  

Sections of roads to be resurfaced Sept. 27:  

  • Deer Harbor Road by West Sound (near the location of September 2022 road work)  
  • Point Lawrence Road at Doe Bay (near the location of the November 2021 washout)  

Chip sealing is a pavement treatment that extends the life of the road surface. Learn more by visiting the County Roads Program webpage at https://www.sanjuanco.com/309/County-Roads and see the map above for additional information. 

Remember, please drive slowly on freshly surfaced chip seal roads: 

  • For their safety: you are driving through an active construction zone - obey flaggers and posted traffic signs. 
  • For your safety: during the first week excessive speeds may kick up loose rock into oncoming traffic. 
  • It’s your road: chip seal overlays perform best when vehicle speeds are reduced while the pavement cures. 

Wear and tear are natural for surfaces incurring regular traffic, harsh weather, and use by multi-ton vehicles. San Juan County develops and maintains a multi-year plan to preserve roads in the most cost-effective way and uses best practices to help keep rides smooth and safe for drivers.   

Contact: Colin Huntemer, Director of Public Works, colinh@sanjuanco.com, (360) 370-0500 

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