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Parts of Pine Bluff Road to close in September

Highway department will improve road surface

The Grundy County Highway Department will close parts of Pine Bluff Road beginning Sept. 5 to start a cape seal project. Drivers are asked to avoid the road, but if they must take it, slow down, as lanes will be closed at times.
The Grundy County Highway Department will close parts of Pine Bluff Road beginning Sept. 5 to start a cape seal project. Drivers are asked to avoid the road, but if they must take it, slow down, as lanes will be closed at times.

Parts of a popular Grundy County road will be restricted at varying times beginning in September for a cape seal project.

The Grundy County Highway Department announced this week that Pine Bluff Road, from Route 47 to Will Road at the county line, will be worked on starting Sept. 5.

Those who must use Pine Bluff Road should expect delays because of lane closures, which will occur at various locations and times along the roadway. 

Motorists should be on the lookout and obey all traffic control devices and flaggers they might encounter.

Drivers should slow down while driving through the construction zone, the highway department said. There will be no centerline striping during construction.

A cape seal requires oil and chipping of the road surface. The road is sprayed with an oil that will seal it and fill in small cracks in the pavement. The oil then is covered with small crushed stones. The oil must set for one to two weeks.

“Drivers may find loose stones on the roadway during this phase of the process. They are asked to slow down, as driving at high speeds can throw the oil and chips onto vehicles, causing damage to painted surfaces,” a news release from the highway department said.

The second step, known as microsurfacing, involves laying a thin layer of an asphalt material over the oil and chip surface.

The oil and chipping will take about a week to complete, weather permitting. The microsurfacing is estimated to start in mid- to late September and is expected to take a week to complete, weather permitting.

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