City council authorizes plan for accelerated street repairs
Improvements to include slurry sealing, hot spot repairs and more
–The Paso Robles City Council, in an effort to increase repairs to city streets and sidewalks, authorized an accelerated plan to move supplemental sales tax projects forward, and added a number of other projects funded by gas tax.
The projects approved include:
- A traffic signal at Creston Road and Lana
- A protected left turn on the signal at Creston Road turning north onto Golden Hill
- Union Road construction from Golden Hill to the Hwy 46 right-of-way
- Spring Street, 1st to 10th (which is already underway)
- A grant-funded study for adding pedestrian crossing to the 24th Street bridge over the railroad
- Hot Spot repairs to Creston Road to prepare for a full street improvement in a few years
- Completing design for Sherwood Road so it can be built in 2017
- Airport road improvements at the box culvert near Huer Huero Creek
- Annual slurry sealing & chip sealing
- Annual crack filling and sealing
- Annual hot spot repairs
- Annual sidewalk & curb ramp repairs and replacement.
- Annual pavement striping and markings
- Annual street tree trimming
Crack filling & sealing are some of the least expensive but most important parts of street repair and maintenance. Keeping water from getting under the road is very important to preserving the condition of the base and preventing potholes.
Slurry sealing and chip sealing are ways to put a new surface on a road that is otherwise in good condition. This can extend the life of a road by about ten years and put off more expensive maintenance.
Hot spot repairs are focused on areas that are known problems (like the intersection of Ramada Drive and Hwy 46W at the south end of the city) and typically consist of digging up, repairing, and repaving a rectangular section of pavement in a specific spot rather than rebuilding an entire section of roadway.
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