Northern Nelson / Western Albemarle County, VA
Lots of you have been asking what gives about the traffic backups for the past several days along Route 151 in Northern Nelson County. Here you go!
The road project along Rt. 151 in Northern Nelson County is part of a roughly $370,000 contract, according to VDOT – Lynchburg District Communications Manager, Paula Jones.
“The work that is taking place on Route 151 is slurry paving. This is a type of surface treatment in take a mix of asphalt emulsion and aggregate and spreads it on the roadway. It is applied by a truck equipped with a squeegee or spreader box. A slurry seal treatment can be expected to extend a roadway’s life by 4 to 5 years,” Jones said in an email.
The Rt. 151 project is part of a larger contract covering a number of roads in a couple of counties. “The hope,” Jones wrote, “is to extend the pavement life for several years and limit repairs but the elements, incidents and use play into that.”
As for being able to combine a slurry treatment to an asphalt paving job, Jones explained that, like asphalt, slurry is a surface treatment and would not “likely be used together on the same surface.”
We have a few more questions into Jones, and we’ll update this post as we get those answers.