Crews to clean excess rocks from Meridian Road following our “On Your Side” story
After our story aired last week in which people living along Meridian Road north of Kuna complained about loose gravel and rocks flying up and damaging their windshields following a road repaving project there, the Idaho Transportation Department says it will now “continue to sweep excess rock from Meridian Road … to reduce the potential for windshield damage.”
The 8.5-mile stretch of highway received a seal coat last summer.
In a news release, ITD reminded motorists that the speed limit on the highway is 55 mph. “Excessive speed can contribute to windshield damage. The department recently posted orange and black “Loose Gravel” signs to alert drivers,” said ITD spokesman Reed Hollinshead.
Seal coating begins by applying a layer of liquid asphalt, followed by a cover coat of rock chips on the highway surface. After the rock adheres to the surface, the route is broomed to remove excess material, he added.
“The application of seal coats is both a safety and efficiency measure, which are key components of ITD’s Strategic Plan. Seal coats provide better traction for drivers, help seal the surface against moisture and extend the life of the highway,” Hollinshead said.
ITD is continuing to investigate the failed seal coat between I-84 and Kuna. The product is under warranty, and the contractor is responsible for addressing any claims for windshield damage. This safeguard ensures that no additional ITD or taxpayer funds will be expended to correct the deficiency, Hollinshead stated.
Sierra Nevada Construction, of Sparks, Nev., was the contractor for seal coats on several sections of road under a $2.82 million contract last summer. In all, six highway sections, totaling about 55 miles, were seal-coated in the region. Five of the seal coats were successful.
“The weather is cold enough that no addition of liquid asphalt can be applied over the existing seal coats. The department will continue sweeping to control chip loss and minimize damage, said Shawna King, ITD’s Southwest Idaho resident engineer,” said Hollinshead.
(photo: courtesy ACHD)