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2013 Richmond District Pavement Resurfacing

Includes list of primary and secondary routes to receive treatment

Project at a Glance

Begin Date
April 2013

Est Completion Date
November 2013

$68 million


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VDOT will spend approximately $68 million to resurface 984 lane miles of state-maintained routes in the Richmond District between April and November 2013. 

  • Interstates: $48.5 million for 87 lane miles of asphalt pavement and 43 lane miles of concrete pavement repairs
  • Primary routes (numbered 1-599): $9 million for 84 lane miles of asphalt paving, repair and latex modified treatment
  • Secondary routes (numbered 600 and above): $10.5 million for more than 770 lane miles of resurfacing

VDOT has compiled a list of primary and secondary routes in the Richmond District slated for resurfacing this year. Residents can check this list at to see if their road will receive one of the treatments described below.

What are the types of pavement treatments?

A majority of the roads slated for resurfacing will receive patching followed by one of five treatments:

  • Modified surface treatment – Tar and gravel covered in a fine grade of stone to reduce the likelihood of pieces of gravel from getting thrown from under car tires. Residents can typically use the road soon after the last application of gravel is applied.
  • Latex modified – This material is similar to slurry seal, although it is more durable and typically used on higher volume routes.
  • Multi-layer (or cape seal) – Involves spraying a thin film of heated liquid asphalt on the road surface followed by a layer of fine gravel. The gravel is compacted so it adheres to the asphalt. It takes about two weeks for any loose gravel to work its way into the pavement. After the new road surface has cured, excess gravel is swept away and a slurry seal is applied. Residents can use the road soon after the gravel has been applied for the first layer of treatment. Once the slurry seal layer is in place, the road will need several hours to harden.
  • Slurry seal – A type of pavement sealant that consists of liquid asphalt, cement, lime, fine aggregates and water. It is applied as a thin layer over the existing surface. In order to give the new surface time to harden, drivers are shifted to other travel lanes or encouraged to use an alternate route for several hours.
  • Asphalt (or blacktop) – This treatment is applied as a hot material in layers and compacted. Drivers are shifted to other travel lanes or use an alternate route for several hours while the surface cools.
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