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Slurry seal applied to Hunterdon County roads will extend life of roadways

HUNTERDON COUNTY, NJ – The Hunterdon County Commissioners at a recent Board meeting passed dual resolutions approving the slurry seal, pavement surface treatment, for County Route 518 in West Amwell Township and Lambertville, and County Route 617/Thatchers Hill Road in Raritan Township.

Slurry seal is an industrial-grade asphalt surfacing product, with principal materials and fillers that are combined with water for easy application. Some of the advantages of slurry sealing include, its low cost, its ability to both correct existing problems, and prevent future problems, adding to the aesthetic value of existing pavement appearance and the product’s durability.

Commissioner and liaison to the Department of Public Works, Shaun Van Doren said, “Pavement preservation, especially slurry seal, extends the life of existing roadways for a fraction of the cost of traditional milling and resurfacing. Experts advise that slurry seal can add a minimum of 5 to 8 years of useful life to an existing roadway, delaying the need for more costly reconstruction, and ultimately reducing the overall impact on the environment.”

Pavement preservation was considered and funded in the FY23 budget. Pavement preservation is another tool to assist the Board in keeping county roadways among the best in the State of New Jersey.

Slurry seal extends the life of existing roadways in both a fiscally and environmentally responsible manner and is being utilized by several counties throughout the state to extend the useful life of existing infrastructure.

“Over time, by preserving roads in good to fair condition, Hunterdon County will be freeing up existing capital funds for future projects and allowing the County to get more investment from their existing capital dollars. I look forward to supporting these resolutions as they represent another example of this Commissioner Board looking to utilize taxpayers’ dollars in the most efficient manner possible,” Van Doren said.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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