Bridgewater Subdivision Road Project

Bridgewater - Questions and Answers

September 20, 2019 

1. Why does there appear to be extra material in the center of the road?

  • The overlap of material in the center is by design to ensure the pavement joint in the center of the road is sealed completely.  This will even out over time.

2. Why is the material different colors in different areas?

  • The differences in color in due in part to the direction of application of the material and to variations in color from different batches.  It is not an indicator on any defect in the material.  The colors will blend closer over time.

3. Why was the material rougher in some areas than others?

  • VDOT stated that the product used does not generate the same surface appearance that paving does.  They further explained that the ‘cape seal’ process is designed to seal the underlying surface, extend the life of the pavement underneath and provide a uniform travel surface.  It is important to note that ‘cape seal’ is an acceptable VDOT method and that they have consistently used it in other County subdivisions and County roads.

4. Should the slurry completely cover the old pavement as it abuts existing paved driveways?

  • Yes, and the contractor will go back and hand work those areas.  

5. Why does the material in the cul-de-sac appear to be breaking up with some turning movements?

  • VDOT staff felt that the issues in the cul-de-sacs is a result of the material not being fully cured before heavy vehicles used them.  VDOT agrees that the cul-de-sacs require the most rehabilitation.


September 30, 2019

1. Why was the cape seal process chosen over applying asphalt?

  • VDOT dictates the means and methods to complete roads throughout Goochland County.  The process used in Bridgewater is a practice endorsed by VDOT and is consistently applied throughout the County.  It is important to note that VDOT dictated the method to use in your neighborhood and they stated that if traditional paving was used, the cost of the project would increase dramatically not just from the paving costs but because the existing asphalt roads would have to be fully removed and replaced as well.

2. Why does the surface not appear completely uniform like asphalt pavement for on a new road?

  • We recognize that the appearance right now may not be what was envisioned, but VDOT, our engineering firm, and the contractor all concurred that this is an approved application in areas where traffic is continuous and assured us that with regular travel and over time, it will be more uniform.  VDOT uses this application on their own roads and is preferred by them, which is why they asked us to use it in your neighborhood.  We believe that the other questions below will provide a better understanding of the road appearance.

3. Why are there random striations in the road that look different than the rest of the road?

  • As the product is applied, it is typical for the material to clump in some locations and the process to remove the clumps is called ‘mopping’.  Mopping smooths out the clumps but leaves areas in the road that look like it goes against the grain of the road; aka striations.  This is common practice and the differences will dissipate over time and create a more uniform look.

4. Why does the seam in the middle of the road get wider and narrow in some locations as opposed to go right down the middle of the road?

  • This product is used to keep neighborhood roads open to the residents, but a side effect to this is that once the product is applied, cars drive on it right away.  This can leave divots in the fresh product and the contractor filled in those areas, where possible, when they laid the cape seal on the other side of the road.  This is noticeable in areas where the seam in the middle of the road gets wider and narrower in locations. This is common practice and the differences will dissipate over time and create a more uniform look.

5. There are areas where there is a gap between a driveway and the new surface.  Will this be fixed?

  • This gap was created because the contractor needed to move away from the driveway to not hit a mailbox.  There are only a few areas like this in the neighborhood.  The contractor plans on filling that gap with a different product but please know that product will look a little different from your driveway and the new road.  VDOT stated that this is not unusual.

6. Why does the new surface appear to be a different color in some areas?

  • VDOT, our engineers, and the Contractor said that this is normal and the surface color will start to even out over time and become less noticeable.  Also, where stone dust was applied to allow traffic on the not fully cured surface, it will appear different until the surface is fully cured and receives a final sweep.  This is a characteristic of the product and is not an indicator of bad materials being used or a poor application of the product.

7. We see some areas where the new pavement surface appears to be cracking.  Is that acceptable?

  • No.  Prior to our preparation of the construction documents, VDOT walked the site and marked areas where they felt the original pavement needed to be repaired prior to application of the new product and this was noted on the plans.  During our post-construction walkthrough with them, they noted a few areas that were not identified in that initial inspection that will need to have the base pavement patched and then resealed.

8. How long does it take the cape seal product to cure?

  • The cape seal will normally cure enough to allow traffic on it within 1-4 hours, but it will take several weeks to completely cure.  Weather can impact the curing.

9. Why did the contractor spread gravel on top of the road in some areas?

  • They did that to allow traffic on the surface while it cures and helps prevent damage to the surface.  This material needs to remain on the road until the slurry has cured more completely and then it will be swept.  The gravel does provide some discoloration in the road and will dissipate over time.

10. Will the contractor clean up all of the loose gravel in the ditches and other locations?

  • Yes.  This is a punch list item.  If you notice any areas that still need attention after they are complete in October, please let us know.

11. There seems to be space between the guardrail and the ground on the east side of Bridgewater Drive.  Is that ok?

  • In our walk through with VDOT, they are requiring a second row of guardrail to be installed.

12. My mailbox was hit by the contractor’s equipment and is now loose. Will this be fixed?

  • We have noted in our punch list the locations where this was reported to us and they will be securely set.