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Why are the roads OK some days but have a layer of oil on them on other days?
The condition that you are referring to is called “bleeding” and it occurs when the summer heat softens the asphalt emulsion to the point that it comes to the top of the road. This is a common occurrence with roads that have been chip-sealed, and roads all over the county (and in other counties) experience this during summer months. Many years ago this was not as much of a problem because the oil emulsion used then was much better. Over the years the industry has diluted it to be environmentally friendly and the result is what we must use today. We would prefer to build and repair our roads using other methods, however, considering the budget funds available and the amount of roads that must be maintained, the chip-seal process is the most cost effective, despite the problems it brings.
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