Old highway gets new treatment

CHARLES TOWN — The Division of Highways is using a new technique to prolong the pavement life of an area road — micro-surfacing.

“It’s a real thin pavement overlay,” said District 5 Engineer Lee Thorne.  About 2.2 miles of W.Va. 480 will be surfaced at a cost of $265,040. The cost includes doing some minor repairs to the road.

Thorne said the overlay is similar to sealing the surface of a driveway.

“It’s about a quarter of an inch thick. What it does is add friction on the road,” Thorne said.

The treatment adds between seven to 10 years to the pavement’s preservation, as long as the road is in good condition and not rutted with holes, Thorne said.

Travelers should expect some minor delays.

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