The in basket: Catherine Long writes, “We live in Shore Woods in
Hansville. For some reason, (Kitsap County) Public Works decided to
do a treatment to just our roads in Shore Woods. We had paved roads
with asphalt and now we have black gooey tar with a bit of gravel
tossed around on it.
“What a mess it has been,” she said. “Public Works has been out
here off and on attempting to clean up the mess they caused on
driveways and more importantly in the culverts.
“Everyone here is at a loss as to why this was done when the
entire town is paved.
“This is one of those things that make you go ‘hmmm.’ Can you
get us some answers as to why this was done and do we have to live
with it?” she asked.
The out basket: Blame it on an unexpected rainfall that hadn’t
been in the forecast on which his crews rely, says Don Schultz, the
county’s road superintendent.
“The roads in Shorewood plat (are), and have always been,
Bituminous Surface Treatment (BST) roads,” Don said. “These are
commonly called ‘chip-sealed’ roads. After a road is ‘chip sealed’
it looks like a paved road, and the road surface appears to be
In chip sealing, gravel is spread on a coat of liquid paving oil
sprayed on the worn road surface and then is compacted by
rubber-tired compactors and the dump trucks after the gravel
is applied. Crews come back the next day and sweep up any excess
“The latest surface treatment is the fourth chip seal treatment
there since 1968,” Don said. “BST roads are typically re-surfaced
every five to 10 years or longer, depending on traffic volume,
truck traffic, freeze-thaw damage, and other factors. Roads are
rated each year to determine when roads need resurfacing. Roads are
always re-surfaced ‘in kind,’ with the same surface they previously
“In this particular application, we did encounter some
problems,” he said. “There was no rain predicted on Monday, Aug. 2,
the day of the application, as well as the day following.” He
enclosed a copy of that forecast.
“Overnight August 2,” he said, “there was a rather heavy
rainfall that developed unexpectedly. During the rain there was
some emulsion runoff from the road surface. Some driveways were
stained by the runoff and we are working with the residents to
remove these stains.
“Emulsion did reach the inlet of two culverts, which we cleaned
the next day. Once the emulsion is dry there is no concern that it
could liquefy again. No emulsion traveled into any water
“The county engineer and I reviewed the site as soon as we
received calls alerting us to the problem the morning of Aug. 3,”
Don said. “We had crews start clean-up and restoration activities
that morning. One of our supervisors personally contacted each
affected property owner, and worked with them to address their
“Many residents have expressed understanding of the situation,
and appreciated the proactive reaction to the situation. We
recognize the problems caused by this operation, and are working
with residents to mitigate any damages caused. If your readers have
unresolved issues related to this issue, please have them contact
Kitsap 1 (360-337-5777).