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 minutes delay.
  • Work is weather-dependent.
  • Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) information on the technique: FHWA page

Additional Information:

High-Friction Surface Treatment Press Release

High-Friction Surface Treatment 2019 List

Road Project Limits Community or Communities Approximate
Start Date
End Date
Oakley Park Commerce Road and Benstein Road Commerce Township Sept. 4 Sept. 5
Williams Lake Road North of M-59 (Highland Road) Waterford Township Sept. 9 Sept. 9

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
Clarkston Road after the high friction surface control process is complete, photo from 2016