Senate Bill 1: Supplemental Sales Tax Road Repair Update
We are nearing the completion of the original 5-year plan for the Supplemental Sales Tax road repair projects and are identifying projects for the next phase of funding. Field work and analysis for the update to our Pavement Condition Index was just completed to evaluate every section of pavement in the city, rate the condition, and identify the proper repair method. A complete update is listed here (PDF).
In addition to the 1/2-cent Supplemental Sales Tax funds primarily used for street repair, the State Legislature recently passed Senate Bill 1, which would provide additional funding to the City for road repairs, as well as some additional grant opportunities. The City Council will receive a short briefing on this new funding source on May 2, 2017. Senate Bill 1 is expected to provide about $700,000 per year for City street repairs.
Most resurface projects in town are prioritized by maintenance needs of a particular road and are repaired by one of three optional asphalt rehabilitation methods: Slurry Seal, overlay or re-pavement. Slurry Seal uses slurry, an asphalt product with no rocks that looks like thick oil when poured or sprayed out of a truck or tank. Slurry sealing helps keep the top asphalt layer from opening, thereby preventing damage caused by water intrusion. When a streets surface is beyond surface repair an overlay becomes necessary. Overlay involves grinding the existing asphalt surface down sometimes as much as 2" and replacing it with 2" of new asphalt material. In addition, fiber matting is installed over the ground surface to further strengthen the overlay. In the most extreme cases, a road may be deteriorated past the point of an overlay, requiring complete road reconstruction. Repavement, the most extensive and costly, entails removing existing asphalt material and the base material beneath it.
Asphalt can be installed in a wide outdoor temperature range; it is not uncommon to install new AC (asphalt concrete) anywhere from 35 to 100 degrees Fahrenheit. More important than the outside temperature is the AC temperature. It starts out at more than 325 degrees and in order for it to lie correctly and seal properly it can be no cooler than 300 degrees (except pothole patchingsee next paragraph). City inspectors monitor this on all new asphalt projects.
City Council has approved a limited contracted Street Sweeping Program which will begin the week of
October 27, 2014.
The contract calls for streets to be swept as follows:
Residential Streets: Once per every eight weeks
Arterial/Collector Streets: Once per quarter
Downtown Core Streets: Once per month
City‐Owned Parking Lots: Once per month
1st Monday of the month:
Creston Road, Sherwood Road, Linne Road, Airport Road, and Meadowlark Road
1st Tuesday of the month:
Charolais Road, S. River Road, Niblick Road and Union Road, N. River Road, Buena Vista and Dallons
1st Friday of the month:
Creston Road, Union Road, Golden Hills Road, and Rolling Hills Road
2nd Friday of the month:
City-owned parking lots
3rd Monday of the month:
Stoney Creek Road, Rambouillet Road, Niblick Road, Nickerson Road, Creston Road and Melody
3rd Friday of the month:
Pine Street, 10th Street, Spring Street and 13th Street
1st Street, Vine Street, Pacific Street, 36th Street, Pine Street and Riverside Avenue
Construction cleanup in streets, such as dirt and debris, is the responsibility of the contractor performing the work. To report debris in the street caused by construction, contact the Community Development Department, Engineering Division at 237-3860.
A two-man pothole repair crew can cover a whole 50 miles in one day. That's about the distance from Paso Robles to Nipomo.
Pothole repair is done on an ongoing basis using a list generated by calls from the public and monthly "pothole hunts" done by Street Maintenance Division crews. For routine repairs, the work is consolidated into a days work for the crew, however, emergencies get prompt, immediate attention. To report a pothole, fill out an Action Request Form.
Standard Specifications and Details
The purpose of Standards and Specifications is to provide minimum standards for the design, materials and methods of construction for streets, storm drains, sanitary sewers, and domestic water supply facilities within the City of Paso Robles. Click here to go to the City Standard Specification and Details page (Community Development/Engineering)