Work has begun on the 2007 Street Resurfacing Project in Brazil.
According to information provided by Brazil Mayor Ann Bradshaw, approximately 10,000 feet of streets in Brazil will be resurfaced through the chip and seal method.
Asphalt paving will also be done at the intersection of McGuire St., Knight St., Lake Brazilian Estates and the entrance to First Christian Church.
"We chose to mainly use chip and seal to fix these roads because they are in low-traffic areas," Bradshaw said. "It is also a cheaper alternative to paving with asphalt."
Asphalt paving would cost the city approximately $56,000 per mile, while the entire resurfacing project is expected to cost $106,451. The project will be paid for by money from Governor Mitch Daniel's Major Moves initiative.
While working the roads down for a good base to begin the resurfacing, the workers have found asphalt paving under some of the roads that is still in good shape.
"This may actually help lower the cost of the project," Bradshaw said. "We may be able to take the leftover asphalt from the resurfacing near the church and patch the streets where asphalt was found."
Many of the roads throughout Clay County have been surfaced through the chip and seal method, which has many benefits other than being more cost efficient.
It benefits water drainage from rain storms as it is one-half inch thick, in comparison to asphalt, which would be paved at a thickness of about two-and-a-half inches. The chip and seal method also assists in skid resistance and is fast setting, which limits the amount of time traffic is disrupted.
A timetable has not been set for the expected completion of the project, which began last week, but Wabash Valley Asphalt, who were contracted for the project, appear to be working at a quick pace.
"They are really working hard out there," Bradshaw said. "I'm not sure how long it will take them to finish all the streets, but at the pace they are going, they could be done in about a month."