WENATCHEE — City leaders gave a hearty thumbs-up to the recent chip-seal of Miller Street.
“I actually think it worked out well,” said Councilwoman Karen Rutherford.
“It looks really nice,” added Councilman Jim Bailey.
It’s been a few weeks since the city resurfaced a 2.25-mile stretch of the busy street with tar and rocks rather than the usual asphalt.
With a lean budget, the city opted to lay down the chip seal for about $400,000 rather than asphalt, which was estimated to cost more than $1 million.
It was the first chip-seal of a major Wenatchee street.
City Engineer Gary Owen asked city council members for their feedback on Thursday.
“We’ll see how it performs this winter,” he said.
But he added that it held up well during heavy rain last week.
While the resurfacing work is complete, the striping has still not been done. The city was approved for a $200,000 federal grant to put more durable plastic striping down. But it hasn’t been authorized to spend the money yet.
Mayor Frank Kuntz said he would reserve judgment on the road project until the paintwork is done.
Rutherford said her only concern was that it was done right before the start of school in late August.
Since the striping hasn’t been done, there are no painted crosswalks around Pioneer Middle School and Wenatchee High School.
Overall, though, all the council members at Thursday’s meeting expressed satisfaction with the project.
“It turned out well,” Councilwoman Linda Herald said.
Councilman Keith Huffaker said he rode his motorcycle on it and “it felt real solid under the tires.”