High-Friction Surface Treatment

Treatment information:

  • Work is done on curvy areas.
  • The technique provides a coarse, sandpaper-like surface designed to improve friction and reduce the likelihood of traffic running off the road.
  • The process will begin with cleaning the road surface. An epoxy will then be applied followed by the application of small, coarse gravel to the road's surface.
  • The road will remain open to traffic, and flaggers will direct motorists through the work zones. Motorists can expect delays. The contractor uses an epoxy, so traffic accessing from adjacent roads and driveways can expect up to a 15-minute delay.
  • Work is weather-dependent.
  • Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) information on the technique: FHWA page
  • In 2021, approximately $294,848  will be spent on the program.  $265,363 will come from a Federal Highway Safety Improvement fun and the remaining share of $29,353 will be funded by the R.C.O.C.  

High-Friction Surface Treatment 2021 List

Road Project Limits Community or Communities Approximate
Start Date
End Date
Clarkston Road
Press Release
Clearview Drive to Eston Road Independence Township 7/6 7/10
Clarkston Road (three curves)
Federal Safety Grant
Thistle Valley Lane to Pine Tree Road Orion Twp 5/21 Complete
Baldwin Road
Federal Safety Grant
West of the Baldwin/Indianwood Road roundabout Orion and Independence townships 5/17 Complete

2021 contractors are Fahrner Construction Company of Saginaw, MI, and Smith's Waterproofing of Almont, MI.  

​Additional Information:

R.C.O.C. applying friction treatment to roads in Independence and Orion townships starting Monday, May 17

Applying epoxy to the Clarkston Road surface in 2016
Applying bauxite to the Clarkston Road surface in 2016
High Friction Surface Treatment photo of bauxite stone and quarter on road treated surface
High friction surface treatment being reapplied om Clarkston Rd. in Independence Twp.