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City Public Works tries new (to it) surfacing technique to fix street

A serpentine pile of gravel down the center of 29th Avenue last week represented what could be a new approach to fixing streets in Sweet Home: chip sealing.

Thursday morning, Aug. 20, a street sweeper rolled slowly down 29th, sucking up the loose crushed rock after an application of layers of quarter- and eighth-inch gravel pressed into asphalt emulsion that had been spread on the street.

It's the first complete resurfacing of a street in "a few" years in Sweet Home, city Public Works Operations Manager Dominic Valloni said.

Although the county and state frequently use chip sealing on ro...