Franklin County will finish off its five-year rotation in 2018 of chip and sealing the 206 miles of hard surface roads that require maintenance.

The Franklin County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved Wednesday the solicitation of bids for the final 50 miles of the chip and seal project and pavement painting.

Jim Haag, county public works director, said the past three years, the county chipped and sealed 40 miles per year, but increased it this year to finish the rest of the roads.

“We move counter-clockwise around the county,” Haag said. “They would be predominately in the western part of the county [in 2018].”

The longest stretch of the chip and seal program is nearly 17 miles on Old Highway 50 from Eisenhower Road to the county line. There will be an 11-mile stretch of chip and seal on Colorado Road from Shawnee Road to Jackson Road. Another 10 miles will be repaved on Kingman Terrace/Labette Road from Colorado Road to Eisenhower Road.

The sealed bids will be opened Feb. 6 in the county clerk’s office. Haag said after the bids are opened, the next step is to determine a contractor for the project.

“Hopefully bidding it this time of year, they will be able to get their supplies together and have it proceed smoothly,” Haag said. “Last year, they ran out of cover material. They came back and finished it out [in September].”

He said once the contractor is hired, they can make arrangements to purchase the correct amount of material.

“They can locate a place to stockpile it and be ready to go when the hot weather gets here,” Haag said.

He said the project takes about a month to complete.

“It depends on how much rain [we get],” he said. “If it is raining, they can’t work.”

Residents that use those roads will be inconvenienced during the process, Haag said.

“Usually they run a pilot car,” Haag said. “The lane that is being treated, traffic will be prohibited on that. A distributor truck will lay down 35/100ths of oil per square yard. That is followed immediately by the cover material, followed by a couple of rollers, embedding the cover material. Once that is done, they turnaround and come back the other direction.”