Chip Seal on US36

*** 8-15-2010 Update ***

County road chip seal projects begin Monday

Boulder County, Colo. – The Boulder County Transportation Department will apply chip seal to three county roads beginning this Monday, Aug. 16.

2010 chip seal schedule:
• Nelson Road from U.S. 36 to 75th Street, Aug. 16-20
• Olde Stage Road from Lee Hill Drive to Lefthand Canyon, Aug. 23-24
• Cherryvale Road from Baseline Road to State Highway 170, Aug. 25-26

The chip seal projects will cause minor traffic delays. Schedules are subject to change due to weather and other factors. Visit for updates.

All three roads are part of popular cycling routes. “We are aware that chipping the roads makes for a less-than-pleasant cycling experience and have made some changes to our chipping product and process this year in an attempt to improve the rideability,” Transportation Director George Gerstle said. “However, there will still be impacts and cyclists should expect poor riding conditions on these roads for the next four weeks.”

Applying chip seal to county roads is a cost-effective means of extending their life. Adding stone chips to pavement after it has sat for more than five years extends the pavement life considerably, allowing for more use of the original overlay. Additionally, the cost of chipping a road is a small fraction of the cost of new paving and chip sealing uses less oil and less material than paving.

Dan Rowland, Communications Specialist
Boulder County Commissioners’ Office

*** 8-11-2010 Update ***
I was riding this morning and of course I had to head east to avoid the chip seal on US36. It was actually a nice change. I was heading west on Nelson road and there it was just west of 75th another large sign warning of more chip seal work. Starting August 16th it looks like Nelson road will be getting a chip seal face lift. Plan accordingly.

As I was riding north on US36 yesterday just north of the Broadway / US36 intersection I saw a large road sign. It was one of those informational signs that rotates a message. It looks like US36 heading north out of Boulder will be getting chip seal treatment this coming week August 10th through the 12th. I am sure most people know what chip seal is but if you dont here you go:

Chip seal is a surface treatment for asphalt pavements that extends the life of the road by sealing out moisture and adding a new driving surface. The process involves spraying liquid asphalt on the roadway and then covering it with 3/8" diameter chips. The liquid asphalt hardens with the chips embedded in it, creating the new, sealed surface. Excess chips are swept up within 24 hours after the treatment is done.

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36 chip Seal

Probably just their way of getting back at the cyclists. Like 36 needs a face lift, there are so many other roads around that seriously need help. This really bites, would have been nice if they could have at least waited until Sept/Oct?

New Bustop Route?


I want to cry

This makes me so sad we have to stop this shit somehow. They ruined HWY 36 to estes last year and now they are going to do the same to from lyons to is wrong with these people??? I almost wanna lay in their path to physically stop this nonsense.

Call me a conspiracy

Call me a conspiracy theorist, but after living here all my life, I do think the bas'trds at the Boulder County/State of CO DOT do this on purpose to annoy cyclists. You cannot seriously tell me, I'm talking to you DOT, that HWY 36 from Boulder to Lyons is in need of chip seal when Hwy 36 from Broomfield to Boulder is a friggin' war zone. Here's a novel idea.........use the money that I pay you to fix what MUST be fixed, not what you THINK needs fixed.

And by the way DOT, you'll be getting a bill for my new windshield after you went ahead and chip sealed that extremely over traveled(that's sarcasm) yet perfectly fine piece of asphalt(that's NOT sarcasm) called HWY 42 from Louisville to HWY 287.....uhh, Louisville. Idiots.

Climbing off now.


first of all there is a differace between DOT and CDOT, so I suggest that before you try and make comments or attempt to know what your talking about you do your research. Dumb Ass. Also fyi mister bike to work, do you know how much money the state of colorado spends on providing you people with bike paths heres a novel idea get on them and stay of the road!!!


Cars and Grammar

Heres is actually spelled with an apostrophe, here's, within your context, and you need a comma after the "heres".

Differace (not actually a word) should be spelled difference, I'll clear that up for you.

DOT and CDOT, semantics, which is a word that you may need to look up.

Dumb Ass does not need the Ass capitalized, but the Mister should be, as well as the FYI.

I believe that you meant "off" the road, not "of" the road.

So I guess, before you "try to make comments or attempt to know what you are talking about", you should do your (and yes that is the correct form of the word) grammar research.

And yes, thank you for asking, I do actually take the bike path to work when I ride my bike. And yes, I do use the road when I drive my car or ride my motorcycle to work as well. And yes, chip seal on a motorcycle does kinda blow, but I'm over it now. Believe it or not, as a motorist and a cyclist, I do often think that cyclists can be their own worst enemies. I don't blow through stop signs and red lights on my motorcycle, and it has two wheels, why would I do that on my bike? I don't drive in the shoulder while in my car, why would I ride my bike in the lane of traffic when there's a perfectly wide shoulder? Both groups, motorists and cyclists, are not going anywhere any time soon, so to borrow a "leftist" word, we might as well co-exist with some sort of civility. And no, I'm not a "leftist", but I belong to both groups, motorists and cyclists.

You are right, I stand

You are right, I stand corrected and admit my error.

I believe there should be a question mark(?) after paths followed by a capitalized "heres" for the entire two sentences to be correct.

Oh yeah, I rode my motorcycle in to work today on the chip seal, it looks like it's bedding in very nicely. I'll do some follow-up testing in my car and on my bike just to make sure.

Thank you.

You are wrong

I'm first sorry that someone beat me to the proverbial punch on your grammar and syntax. Yikes. That must be a result of the supposed funding bike paths pull from schools?

Hopefully we are in agreement that we all must follow state law on all fronts.

Colorado State Law 42-4-1412

Read the first sentence. Then and only then you may come back here and apologize for further inciting the hillbilly attitude that *your* use of the road is the only use.