Pierce County completed installing a surface treatment at six roadway locations.
Crews began installing centerline rumble strips at the 122nd Street East/Military Road East, East Bay Drive Northwest, and Military Road East locations Sept. 3. The work is expected to be complete by late September. These strips alert a motorist that they have started to cross the centerline. The treatment – called a high friction surface treatment – was applied at the following locations:
Orville Road East - curve west of 168th Avenue Court East
About the treatment
The six locations were selected to receive the high friction surface treatment based on various factors including curve alignment, travel speed, and the rate of documented crashes.
The treatment’s combination of highly-durable aggregate materials and high-strength epoxy resin increases the skid resistance of the roadway surface and helps motorists maintain better control when negotiating curves in both wet and dry conditions.
The treatment has been shown nationally to be effective at increasing safety and reducing accidents on roadway curves with a history of crashes where motorists drive off the road.
In 2017, the treatment was used for the first time in unincorporated Pierce County at five locations.
Pierce County received a $763,000 federal Safety Program grant for this work. MJ Hughes Construction is the contractor.