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Street Resurfacing Projects

Post Date:09/06/2019 4:30 PM

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September 6, 2019


Street Resurfacing (Chip and Slurry Seal) Project Starts September 9th


Drivers are advised that temporary, short delays will occur on various Santa Maria streets due to the City’s annual street maintenance surface seal program beginning on Monday, September 9th and continuing through mid-October. The most notable streets affected include Battles Road, Carmen Lane, Sonya Lane, Enos Drive, McClelland Street, McCoy Lane, and Fairway Avenue.  Several residential neighborhoods’ streets are to be treated including the Carriage District, Adam School Neighborhood, Country Club South, and Crossroads South.  Various other smaller streets will be resurfaced.


The work includes the removal of existing road striping, the placement of a surface seal (either chip seal or slurry seal), and then re-establishment of traffic striping.  The City is contracting with VSS International to perform the $1.9 million project.  Approximately 600,000 square yards of surface seal will be applied which is about 26 centerline miles of streets.


Chip seal is a thin layer road maintenance treatment consisting of asphalt oil covered by small chip rock that protects and extends pavement life.  Within three days of the chip application, a sprayed-on coat of surface seal called a fog seal is applied.  The road is opened to traffic immediately after chip spreading, but drivers face temporary delays during the fog seal application for a short curing period.  The other type of treatment, slurry seal, is a thin layer of asphalt oil mixed with sand that is designed to prolong the surface life of paved roadways.  Once that treatment is placed, traffic must remain off of the roadway until the material has cured; generally 4-5 hours or more depending on weather conditions.  The contractor will post construction notices on residents’ doors and along streets with the dates and times when parking and access to streets will be prohibited.


Construction will move quickly from street to street.  Parking will not be allowed in active construction areas.  The contractor will post construction notices along streets with the dates and times when parking will be prohibited notices on residents’ doors and along streets with the dates and times when parking and access to streets will be prohibited.


City staff encourages that drivers obey all temporary construction signs and reduce driving speeds in construction areas.  Driving on the treated roadway surface before the contractor opens the roadway to traffic can result in damage to the surface treatment as well as a vehicle.  The driving public may experience delays during construction.  It is recommended to use alternate routes whenever possible to avoid delays and minimize the inconveniences to motorists.


Questions may be directed to the Department of Public Works, Engineering Division at (805) 925-0951 extension 2225.


Department:                  Public Works/Engineering

Contact Person:             Eric Riddiough, Senior Civil Engineer

Telephone Number:       (805) 925-0951 ext. 2225

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