2012 Boulder County Chip Seal Schedule

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Ok, no one really likes chip seal roads. They are cheaper to maintain for the city and county but can really get on your nerves (literally) when riding. To give Boulder County credit, they recognize how much we dislike the surface and at least use a much smaller aggregate and they say they will sweep and fog immediately afterwards.
From the county’s website:

2012 Chip Seal Schedule

Week of June 11

James Canyon Drive / Overland Drive – top of James Canyon to intersection with Lefthand Canyon Drive.

Week of June 18

Lefthand Canyon Drive – James Canyon Drive to Foothills Highway (U.S. 36)
North 73rd Street – Nelson Road to Niwot Road
St. Vrain Road – 75th Street, east to Longmont city limits.

Week of June 25

North 75th Street – Highway 66 to Nelson Road
Niwot Road – 63rd Street to the Diagonal Highway (SH119)
Jay Road – U.S. 36 (in Boulder) to 47th Street

Week of July 2

Jay Road – 47th Street to 75th Street
Baseline Road – City of Boulder (east of 55th) to Cherryvale Road

I created an interactive map to show where all these projects are happening.

It usually takes a couple months or sometimes even a full season until the surface completely seals and starts to feel smooth again. On the plus side potholes, cracks, and other road hazards will be greatly reduced.

Loose chip can be messy and even dangerous. It is strongly advised to avoid these roads for a couple weeks after they’ve been chip sealed. The Boulder County website has some more information and may have more up to date information on the progress of these projects.