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Street Resurfacing Project

Post Date:09/23/2021 5:23 PM

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September 23, 2021


Street Resurfacing Project Starts October 4th


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, October 4th and continuing through late October.


The most notable, highly traveled streets affected include East Main Street (Highway 166) from Suey Road to Dressler Avenue, Railroad Avenue from Donovan to Canal, Battles Road from Broadway (Highway 135) to Bradley, College Drive from Betteravia to McCoy Lane, Bradley Road from Betteravia to Crossroads, and Alvin Avenue from Railroad to Blosser. Several residential neighborhoods’ streets will also be treated including areas south of Donovan between Blosser to Railroad and Miller to Bradley as well as residential streets south of Battles Road and north of Betteravia.  Various other smaller streets will be resurfaced as well.


The work includes the removal of existing traffic striping, the placement of a surface seal (both a chip seal and a tire rubber modified surface seal), and then re-establishment of traffic striping.  The City has contracted with American Pavement Systems to perform the $1.9 million project.  Approximately 600,000 square yards of surface seal will be applied which is about 24 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 two to three days of the chip application, a sprayed-on coat of surface seal called tire rubber modified surface seal (TRMSS) is applied.  The road is opened to traffic immediately after chip spreading but traffic will be impacted temporarily during the TRMSS application for a short curing period.  Once the treatment is placed, traffic must remain off of the roadway until the material has cured.  This generally takes 4-5 hours or more depending on weather conditions.  Once the material is cured, the contractor will open the roadway to traffic.  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.  In addition, notices on residents’ doors and along streets with the dates and times will be delivered 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 925-0951 extension 2225.




Department:                  Public Works/Engineering

Contact Person:             Eric Riddiough, Principal Civil Engineer

Telephone Number:       (805) 925-0951 ext. 2476

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