Tar and Chip
Belkay Drive is a small no-outlet street that runs off of Belkay Lane in Amberley Village, Ohio. On August 24, 2006, this small street was refinished with the wonderful tar and chip method of paving.
This paving method coats the entire road surface with a waterproof membrane of sticky asphalt cement. A generous amount of small limestone chips are immediately broadcast into the hot tar. The tar grabs onto the stones and holds them in place permanently.
The chips are rolled in place with a steam roller machine. After several weeks, excess stone chips are removed so the surface resembles any other blacktop surface.
The tar and chip method of paving is not new. It is how roads used to be paved. The surface offers excellent traction and is very affordable. The surface can last up to ten years without any care.