Some Columbia roads closed Wednesday

Wednesday, September 18, 2013 | 12:56 p.m. CDT; updated 1:07 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, September 18, 2013

COLUMBIA — Several roads in Columbia will be closed for maintenance Wednesday, according to the Columbia Public Works Department.

The maintenance includes:

  • Blue Ridge Road, from its intersection with Rangeline Street to about 600 feet to the east
  • East Gans Road from Rock Quarry Road to Bradington Drive
  • Middlebush Drive from Jake Lane to Bradshaw Avenue
  • Fay Street at 504 Fay St., a commercial property: This section of Fay Street will be closed until Sept. 30, so that Summit Mechanical can perform sewer maintenance.

The maintenance on Blue Ridge Road, East Gans Road and Middlebush Drive is for chip sealing, a process intended to extend the life of roadways by preventing water from penetrating the surface.

The process involves spraying an asphalt binder on the roadway, dropping rocks onto it and sweeping the roadway to remove loose gravel, said Randy Aulbur, central district maintenance engineer at the Missouri Department of Transportation.

MoDOT is working to make the rock size smaller in order minimize the effects of the rock aggregates on drivers, Aulbur said.

Supervising editor is Richard Webner.

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