Road crews keep an eye out for pavement bleeding

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, July 27, 2022

Sponsored by: Department of Land Use and Transportation

Travelers should keep an eye on road conditions throughout this week’s heat wave. Prolonged high temperatures can cause pavement bleeding.

“Bleeding” refers to the shiny, oil-like film that can appear on chip seal roads when temperatures reach 95 degrees or above for several days. That film is asphalt binder, which can cause roads to become softer and sticky. Use caution if the roads appear oily or seem sticky.

Road crews control pavement bleeding by applying sand. Roads are monitored for bleeding if extreme heat continues for multiple days.

To report road conditions during normal business hours (8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday) call 503-846-ROAD (846-7623) or submit an online service request. Outside of normal business hours, call Washington County non-emergency at 503-629-0111.

Media Contact:

Chris Lueneburg, Senior Communications Specialist