BOISE - Chipseal season in Ada County is wrapping up. The annual tradition sends trucks with rocks and tar in waves through a portion of the county each year to help protect roads and extend their life. The Ada County Highway District stands heartily behind the program and its benefits - while some residents complain about the flying debris and dust.
But one key road section got skipped this year - Warm Springs Ave. from Starview to Starcrest.
While those roads to the stars - and most other streets on the north side of the Boise River got the chipseal treatment - the 0.7 mile stretch of Warm Springs below the Mesa did not. It stands out because that area underwent an extensive sewer project last year, which left the roadbed with an uneven surface due to patching of the sewer line trench. It leaves drivers frustrated by the rough ride, and contributes to an already dicey situation for cyclists on the windy stretch of road.
So what gives?
Patience is our friend, it appears.
"It’s due for a pavement overlay next year," ACHD chief information officer and chipseal evangelist Craig Quintana told BoiseDev. "The section between Starcrest and Starview will have the first two inches of old pavement ground off, and new asphalt applied."
That project will make for a smoother ride - but a final timeline hasn't be set forth just yet.
"While the exact schedule isn’t set, work could begin as early as the summer," Quintana said.