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Wondering why Craig streets are so gravelly?

Craig Press Staff Report

City crews chip seal a street in Craig. The city chip seals about 10 miles of streets each year.

Driving around Craig, you may have noticed a change in the texture of certain neighborhood streets. That's because the City of Craig began chip sealing about 10 miles of city streets Monday to extend the life of the asphalt.

"It's a low-cost way to keep quality streets," said Craig Road & Bridge Director Randy Call. "It's cheaper than paving."

Consisting of a thin layer of asphalt and gravel, chip sealing lasts for about five years, protecting the road surface underneath. The cost of chip sealing comes in at about $18,000 per mile compared to about $250,000 per mile to repave the street, Call said, though repaving will last about 20 years.

The city chip seals about 10 miles of city streets every year, ensuring each road gets the treatment in five year cycles. The city repaves streets as needed, but hasn't repaved any in four to five years due to budget constraints.

Crews will complete chip sealing Monday, after which they'll return to finished streets to sweep up loose chips.