Fort McCoy News Oct. 9, 2015

Resurfacing projects upgrade Fort McCoy roads

STORY & PHOTOS BY SCOTT T. STURKOL
Public Affairs Staff

Several resurfacing projects have upgraded roads throughout Fort McCoy in 2015.

"We've had work done everywhere (on post) this year, including on range roads as well as the cantonment area," said Directorate of Public Works (DPW) Operations and Maintenance Division Chief Nate Sobojinski.

On the cantonment area, several roads received new chip-seal coating by contractor Scott's Construction Inc. of Lake Delton, Wis., in late September and early October, Sobojinski said.

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Contractors with Scott Construction of Lake Delton, Wis., complete a seal-coating operation on a Fort McCoy road.


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Contractors work to repave Quarry Hill Road on Fort McCoy's South Post. The road was repaved with hot-mix asphalt and was reopened in late August.

A chip seal is the application of a special protective-wearing surface to an existing pavement. The coating keeps water from penetrating the road structure on paved surfaces and is done to fill and seal cracks and fix uneven surfaces of old pavement.

"When you chip seal a road, you can get about another eight years of life out of it. (The coating) fills potholes and makes the road much better," Sobojinski said. "It also helps (improve) water runoff."

On both Fort McCoy's North Post and South Post, the same contractor completed cold-mix asphalt resurfacing along several miles of range roads.

Cold-mix asphalt is produced by emulsifying asphalt in water with soap prior to mixing it with the aggregate. It is easy to work and compact on road surfaces.

"Along some range roads, they've completed … cold-mix (asphalt) wedging to repair the edges of the roads," Sobojinski said. "(This) brings the edge of the road back up and helps put a proper crown back on the road. Once the edging work is done, then they put a seal coating over the whole road."

Many miles of roadways also were repaved with hot-mix asphalt throughout the summer. In some of the training areas, the resurfacing was completed by Army engineer units as part of troop projects. Other hot-mix resurfacing projects were completed by Mathy Construction Company of Onalaska, Wis.

Quarry Hill Road, a well-traveled road located on South Post, was resurfaced with hot-mix asphalt for the first time.

"Previously, Quarry Hill Road was a seal-coated road," Sobojinski said. "Last spring, there were a lot of problems with the road.

"But now, with the new hot-mix asphalt on it, it will be good for five to 10 years at a minimum, without significant needs of repair. We can come back later and do a seal-coat lift on it as needed, but now it … has a much better base to it."

Some road work will continue through the fall and pick up again in spring 2016, Sobojinski said. For more information about road construction at Fort McCoy, call 608-388-8940.