2023 chip seal program updates

The Ottawa County Road Commission 2023 seal coat (chip seal) program is complete.

Background: The 2023 chip seal program is budgeted at over $1.5 million using Michigan Transportation Fund dollars, and will be focused on nearly 54 miles of streets in Grand Haven, Olive and Port Sheldon townships.

The 2023 program is tentatively scheduled to begin on June 12 and run through July. All dates and schedules are weather dependent and subject to change. Check our web and social media pages for schedule updates.

What is chip seal?

A chip seal is an application of a binder in the form of an asphalt emulsion or hot spray and an application of an aggregate.

Chip seals protect, preserve and extend pavement life, resulting in a pavement that is better to drive on, look at, and will cost less to maintain in the long run. A chip seal will not increase the strength of existing pavement. However, it will prolong the life of the pavement by providing a protective coating.

Chip sealing is a three-stage process. After the surface has been prepared by patching areas that are cracked or loose, a thin layer of emulsion or tack oil is applied.

Then, a layer of aggregate is applied by a truck with a chip spreader.

The third and final operation is several passes from a roller to compact the aggregate.

The road is usually opened to traffic after sweeping or may be opened to slow-moving traffic immediately.

The OCRC typically returns several weeks later to perform the second stage in the chip seal process: applying a fog seal atop the newly chip sealed road.

2023 Chip Seal Maps
Chip Seal Process Flyer

Grand Haven152nd Ave.South of Lincoln St.
168th Ave.South of Buchanan St. to Ferris St.
Buchanan St.Lakeshore Dr. to U.S. 31
Fillmore St.Hiawatha Dr. to U.S. 31
Groesbeck St.160th Ave. to 152nd Ave.
Hiawatha Dr.Lakeshore Dr. to Fillmore St.
Johnson St.168th Ave. east
Pierce St.Lakeshore Dr. to 168th Ave.
Sleeper St.168th Ave. east
Warner St.168th Ave. to 160th Ave.
Winans St.168th Ave. to 152nd Ave.
Olive124th Ave.Croswell St. north
136th Ave.Tyler St. north
Tyler St.U.S. 31 to 112th Ave.
Olive/Port Sheldon144th Ave.New Holland St. to West Olive
Port Sheldon146th Ave.Croswell St. to Fillmore St.
152nd Ave.Port Sheldon St. to Baldwin St.
152nd Ave.Croswell St. to Stanton St.
160th Ave.Van Buren St. to Blair St.
160th Ave.Croswell St. to Fillmore St.
164th Ave.New Holland St. to Van Buren St.
Baldwin St.West of 152nd Ave. to 144th Ave.
Barry St.Sand Dr. to 144th Ave.
Blair St.Wildwood Dr. to 144th Ave.
Croswell St.Olive Shore Ave. to Lakeshore Dr.
Hiawatha Dr.Croswell St. to Fillmore St.
Olive Shore/MargaretLakeshore Dr. south
Sand Dr.New Holland St. to Van Buren St.
Stanton St.Lakeshore Dr. to U.S. 31
Taylor St.Hiawatha Dr. to 146th Ave.
Tyler St.West of 152nd Ave. to 144th Ave.
Van Buren St.Lakeshore Dr. to U.S. 31
Wildwood Dr.Lakeshore Dr. to Blair St.