2021 Slurry Seal project

21.09.10 Slurry seal


The City of Anacortes Public Works Department will continue its annual plan to slurry seal neighborhood streets with this year's work encompassing 4.19 miles near 41st Street from A to N Avenues.

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The 2021 Slurry Seal project will be done Wednesday through Friday, Sept. 8, 9 and 10. Doolittle Construction will slurry seal a handful of streets each day from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

NOTE: Lake Park Drive and Fir Crest Boulevard will be done one lane at a time to allow access in and out of those neighborhoods - the south lanes in the morning and north lanes in the afternoon.

Please see above for a map and schedule of which streets will be done on which day.

Please be aware, the schedule is completely weather dependent. Slurry seal is a specialized material that cannot be applied during wet conditions. If rain occurs, the streets scheduled for that day will move to the end of the project time period. This way all other areas will stay on schedule.

If the schedule needs to be updated, it will be posted on reader boards, here on the project webpage, and on the Public Works Facebook page at www.facebook.com/AnacortesPublicWorks/

What the project means for residents

This work goes fast - the impact to any resident is one-day; however, during that one day residents and other drivers will NOT have access to and cannot park cars on their street prior to or when the work is being done as well as for a time after the slurry seal application – up to 8 hours. 

We are asking residents, who need to leave or return to their home on the day their street is scheduled, to park their cars on other nearby streets and walk to them while staying off the roadway.

Trash, recycling and greenwaste collection

Trash, recycling and greenwaste collection in the area is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 2. If your street is also scheduled to be slurry sealed Thursday, please have your bins out by 6 am for early pickup. Doolittle will make sure your bins are off the street before it begins the roadwork on these particular streets.

About slurry seal

Slurry seal is an asphalt emulsion mixed with fine sand and gravel spread out on the roadway. Eight hours (maximum wait time, may be less) after application, the road is ready to drive on.

Project benefits

Slurry is available for a much lower cost than rehabilitating or rebuilding the road. Slurry sealing a street is comparable to painting a house every few years. Paint to a house, like seal to a street, protects against weather deterioration, prevents water infiltration and improves aesthetics. 

Why some streets are slurry sealed and others are not depends on their condition rating. An A grade street is excellent and an F grade street a failure. D and F grade streets warrant more extensive repair and cannot be helped by slurry seal. B and C grade streets can benefit from slurry seal since they are not in too poor a condition.