May 8, 2018

Crack sealing will take place on sections of Sooke Road and Old Island Highway beginning May 14, 2018.  

Crack sealing is an important road maintenance practice that extends the life of asphalt and delays the significant costs and disruption of road replacement.

Sealing cracks prevents water from penetrating deep into the asphalt and creating potholes. Sand applied over sealed cracks is an important component of the crack sealing process for two reasons: it allows vehicles to drive over freshly sealed cracks without the emulsion product sticking to the vehicle tires; and it is necessary for proper bonding of the sealant to the crack. Once the sand and sealant have compacted into cracks—within about 24-48 hours—the residual sand is swept up.

Cyclists, scooter and motorcycle riders should use extra caution when sand may make the road slippery. 

We understand that traffic delays and sand on the roads are an inconvenience. We appreciate your patience and work to complete the process as quickly as possible. 

If you have any further questions regarding Colwood's crack sealing program, please contact the Public Works Department at at 250-474-4133.