“It starts,” they tell you, “with a good base.”

Getting out and chipping and sealing roads is an ongoing process for the county road crew. The base is one of the steps in getting a road ready to seal, first with grading, then with gravel graded into shape, packing, then, finally, the chip and seal process.

It’s easy enough, the chip and seal: Oil, then gravel, then a roller, if by “easy” you mean maneuvering heavy equipment down rural two-lane roads. The end result is a paved road, all-season passable, in place where there was once a dirt road.

And it’s an ongoing process. Shown here is just portion of what took place on Old Highway 9 near Choctaw Wednesday afternoon, July 26.