More than 445 kilometres of seal coating, including a stretch of Highway 16 in the Maidstone area, is planned across Saskatchewan this summer.
During the seal coating process, hot liquid asphalt is sprayed on the road before crushed gravel is spread over the asphalt and packed down.
“Seal coating is a cost-effective treatment that provides a waterproof surface, which in turn prolongs pavement life,” Highways and Infrastructure Minister David Marit said. “We appreciate everyone’s patience during the busy construction season and remind travellers to please pay attention in work zones, obey the signage and slow down.”
Seal coats require about 24 hours to cure, resulting in speed reductions even while workers are not present, according to the Ministry of Highways. These speed reductions allow the seal coat to cure properly, while also saving travellers’ windshields from damage.
The ministry says weekly highway construction update is published on www.saskatchewan.ca/residents/transportation/highway-construction-projects/weekly-highway-construction-update to provide the travelling public with the latest details on projects underway to help plan safe and efficient travel.