The Wichita Public Works & Utilities Department initiated one of several experimental cape seal road maintenance projects last Friday on N. Tyler Rd., from Central to 13th. The treatment includes an initial application of a chip seal, followed several days later by a micro-surfacing procedure which forms a cape seal.
While micro-surfacing has been somewhat of a staple for the department recently, it has been years since a chip seal was last applied on city streets. The cape seal is part of a series of pilot projects aimed at determining the most cost-effective way to maintain streets. Testing out new cape seal treatments will provide information about its durability and cost.
Drivers will likely find conditions unusual during the interim between the chip seal and micro-surfacing processes. Those conditions are only temporary. As soon as the micro-surfacing topcoat is applied, a smooth finish will be restored to affected pavements.
The public may experience these conditions at the following locations, which will undergo cape seal road treatments.
• 37th St. N., from Arkansas to west of Armstrong
• Broadway, from 33rd St. N. to north of I-235
• Broadway, from 47th St. S. to MacArthur
• Southwest Drive, near S. Leonine
• Northbound lanes of K-15, from Wassall to Pawnee