WENATCHEE — Ever seen a roadway with “fangs?” Take a drive around Circle Street.
Since early May, thick, black, savage-looking spikes extend upward from the pavement, apparently threatening to eviscerate the stoutest of steel-belted radials.
But don’t worry, folks. They’re made of rubber.
Chelan County road crews placed the rubber spikes, officially known as “ID locators,” along the roadway to mark the lids of utility valves and survey markers that will have to raised to the new road surface after paving, Eric Pierson, the country’s assistant manager of Public Works said Monday.
“They do look a little ominous, but you can drive over them,” he said.
Road crews did some patching on Circle Street in May to fill holes and smooth bumpy sections. Within the next week or two, they’ll head back to “fog seal” — apply a light oil to the road to seal cracks and pours — before laying down more oil and gravel to “chip seal” the road surface, Pierson said.
After the paving work is finished, crews will raise the utility lids and remove the spikes.
Circle Street is one of several roads the county has tagged for one of these “preservation” treatments to prolong their lives. They have fangs, too, he said.
Many county roads in the vicinities of Wenatchee, Cashmere, Peshastin, Dryden and Leavenworth are slated for a chip-seal treatment between now and 2015, so watch for fangs in your area, and roll right over them with confidence.
Visit the county’s Public Works website, www.co.chelan.wa.us/pw and click on “Preservation Program” along the right-hand column for more information.