Guemes Island Chip Sealing 2018

Guemes Island Chip Sealing

Update 8.6.2018

This week crews will: Sweep and stripe Guemes

Update July 27, 2018

Guemes Island Chip Sealed 2018

Most of the major roads on Guemes Island have gravel on them from chip sealing. Use caution traveling on the roads.

Skagit County is not done yet!

They will be back to sweep the completed roads and fog seal them. This should happen within the next 2 weeks they say.

Then they will be back later on and complete chip sealing the roads on the other side of the island.

UPDATE 7/16/2018

Hi all,

Just a quick note to let you know that chip seal crews will be starting work tomorrow morning, July 17, on Guemes Island. You’ll probably see crews and equipment coming over on the 6:30 a.m. ferry.

Crews expect to complete the work in 5 working days, barring any weather or equipment issues. They’ll work on the following roads:

  • Edens Rd
  • Guemes Island Rd
  • Paradise Lane
  • Salmon Run Rd
  • South Shore Drive
  • Tidewater Rd
  • Totem Trail
  • West Shore Drive
  • West Shore Road


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Chip Seal Guemes Island 2018

Source: Skagit County Email 7/16/2018
District 1 Roads to be Chip-Sealed in 2018

  • Channel View Drive
  • Edens Road
  • Guemes Island Road
  • Paradise Lane
  • Salmon Run Road
  • Section Avenue
  • Tidewater Road
  • Totem Trail
  • West Shore Drive
  • West Shore Road

The crews start by pulling the sod off the shoulders. This exposes the edge of the roadway, reestablishes the original width and provides better drainage. Ditches are also cleaned at this time if necessary. After the sod removal has been completed the roads are swept, trees trimmed and the brush cut if needed. When the weather has moderated, normally in May and June, those roads on the chip sealing list are AC leveled if necessary. This consists of spreading asphalt over areas with surface irregularities or settlements and depressions. After the patch is finished the shoulder will be brought up to grade and a temporary center line stripe will be put on if needed.

Early July, the resurfacing takes place. This consists of covering the roadway surface with liquid asphalt and then spreading one layer of rock chips onto the asphalt. Those chips are then rolled into the surface. After the process is completed, the road has a new surface that is approximately ½ inch thick. This new surface will require several days to cure. During this time the roadway looks similar to a gravel road and it is critical that traffic speed is kept down. After the roads are cured, they will be swept of any loose gravel and re-striped.

This operation is done one lane at a time and traffic is still allowed to use the roadway. Flaggers and pilot cars are present for the protection of both the job site and the motoring public.

Source; Skagit County Website