City set to finish road sealing project

The city’s project to slurry seal 29 road segments wraps up today, Oct. 18.

On Thursday, Dan Takasugi, Public Works director and City Engineer, said the contractor was on track to finish slurry sealing by this Friday. But, he added, it may be two more weeks before the crews place new traffic striping – centerlines and stop bars – so the slurry coat material has time to cure.

Of particular note, the pedestrian crossing lane connecting two ends of the bike path on Fifth Street West, are now covered up and motorists should be watchful of people crossing the street at that point.

The slurry seal project, which started on Tuesday with preparation work the week before, used Measure J sales tax revenue to improve 3.4 miles of roads along 29 stretches of road, including segments on Fifth Street West, West Spain Street, Chase Street and Perkins Street.

The slurry seal treatment is a necessary maintenance, according to Takasugi, as it will extend the life of roads by five to eight years, preventing costly reconstruction projects. Every other year, Takasugi says, the city does a Pavement Management System update, in which it looks at the condition of each street and recommends the appropriate type of maintenance treatment. The city is currently preparing its update for 2014.

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