VANCOUVER — British Columbia’s Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure is set to resurface two sections of the Head Bay Forest Service Road using a process called sealcoating.
Thirteen kilometres of the 60-kilometre-long route between Tahsis and Gold River will be upgraded. Five kilometres of road will be double sealcoated for the first time, and the existing sealcoat of another eight kilometres of road will be pulverized down and redone with double sealcoat, indicates a release.
O.K. Industries Ltd. of Courtenay, B.C. has been awarded a $2.13-million contract for the work, which is expected to occur from mid-April to late June.
According to the release, sealcoating is a cost-effective way to resurface and extend the life of roads because it seals out moisture and provides a skid-resistant, anti-glare surface during wet weather and a dust-free driving surface by hardening the gravel surface.
The sealcoating process includes spraying a mixture of asphalt and water onto the road, then spreading and compacting a layer of gravel to embed it into the asphalt, adds the release. Once the surface has cured, the sealcoat will be swept to remove loose gravel.
Travellers are asked to watch for workers, follow instructions from traffic controllers and obey the reduced construction speed limit, the release indicates, adding driving at higher speeds can cause gravel to break loose from a fresh sealcoat, creating the risk of flying rock which may crack or break a windshield.