Posted on August 24, 2020

What it is?

Cape Seal, a combination of Chip Seal and Slurry Seal, is usually applied on residential roads. The Chip Seal improves the strength of the road’s surface and the Slurry Seal provides uniformity of the surface. There is approximately a 5-10 day interval period between the Chip Seal and Slurry Seal (DEPENDING ON WEATHER). This treatment can delay reflection cracking on asphalt overlays and extend the life of the road from 8-10 years on average.



  1. Pavement failure areas are dugout and repaired.
  2. Streets are cleaned of vegetation or debris, and cracks are filled with crack sealant.
  3. For the Chip Seal, a distributor truck is used to apply asphalt binder to the pavement. Aggregate chips are spread on top of the binder and a roller is used to embed the chips into the surface.
  4. After curing, streets are swept to remove any loose chips.
  5. Approximately 5 days later, the Slurry Seal process begins. Streets are swept once again. Any aggregate chips that did not seal properly will be repaired.
  6. Slurry Seal is applied using a slurry truck and squeegeed by hand to ensure uniformity. Once the material has cured, manholes and other utility valve covers are adjusted to final grade.
  7. Permanent striping is replaced 2 weeks later.

Impact to Residents

Traffic delays can be expected during repair of pavement failure areas; however, roads may be closed for a short duration. During the Chip Seal process, roads will be temporarily closed for 1-2 hours. After the material has cured, limited driving speeds will be advised in order to prevent loose gravel and chips from dislodging. For a few days following the surface treatment seal, you will notice loose gravel; it will be swept up in a few days. Approximately 5 to 10 days later, the road will be temporarily closed again for the Slurry Seal application. Slurry mixture typically cures within 4 to 6 hours. Adjacent property owners will be notified via no parking sign notices at least 72 hours prior to the treatment. “No Parking” signs with specified construction times and dates will be placed on affected streets prior to the process. During the street closure, no parking will be allowed on the streets between 7:00 AM and 6:00 PM.  Please note this process is weather dependent and may shift accordingly.  Information will be posted on the Villages Website additionally at Vehicles may not be parked on affected roads during the specified times; however, they may be parked outside of the construction zone if you plan to use them that day. You may consider using alternate routes in order to avoid possible traffic delays. Residents with special needs may contact the Village in order to plan accordingly. All work is coordinated with Emergency Services and waste providers to minimize impacts to service.

Tips for Residents 

  1. Plan ahead on where you will park, and how you will get in and out.  Park on nearby unaffected streets if necessary. Try to reschedule any visitors or deliveries.
  2. Check your shoes before walking into your house.  The loose rocks can be picked up and tracked onto carpets or scratch wood floors.
  3. Drive slowly; the pavement can be slippery because of the loose rock.  Do not drive on the treatments until the lanes have been reopened to traffic.
  4. Continue to park your car off the road or cover it until the initial sweeping is completed.  Loose rock thrown up by speeding vehicles could damage your car’s paint.
  5. Keep your children and pets away from the street while we are performing these treatments. Several large pieces of contractor equipment are involved.

Areas of Work      

Tamarack Road (Outside of School Construction) (Road Work on August 28, 31, Sept 9 and 10)
Valley Terrace (Road Work on August 28, 31, Sept 9 and 10)
Windsor Road (Road Work on August 28, 31, Sept 9 and 10)
Neuton Ave (Sept 9 and 10)
Comly Ave (Work on Sept 9 and 10)
Beechwood Blvd (Road Work on August 28, 31, Sept 9 and 10)
Castle View Court (Work on Sept 9 and 10)

We realize what an inconvenience this surface treatment is to residents, but the alternative of doing nothing will result in accelerated pavement deterioration requiring very expensive pavement overlays and earlier reconstruction. We appreciate your cooperation and patience as we make these important improvements in your neighborhood.

Superintendent of Public Works

914 939 0753 x 2965

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